Bradley Merle Dague, 76, retired rail traffic controller

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SUNSET BEACH — Bradley Merle Dague, 76, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center Little River in South Carolina.

He was born on June 25, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Penn., the son of the late, Howard Dague and Mary Graham Dague. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Jakowski Dague; brother, James Dague; and four sisters, Jackie Skira, Lois Nelson, Marge Marsteller and Jean Yacko. He grew up in Bentleyville, Penn., which provided him only pleasant memories throughout his adulthood.

Mr. Dague was affiliated with the rail system as a rail traffic controller and retired after 49 years of service with Norfolk Southern Railway. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Avalon, Penn., Saint Luke Lutheran Church, ELCA and Sea Trail Men’s Golf League. Brad loved spending his summers at Canadohta Lake Bradley Merle Dague, 76, watching the beautiful sunsets and visiting with and reminiscing about life in Bentleyville.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Harper Dague of the home; two daughters, Natalie Markle, and her husband, Ronald, of Washington, Penn., and Melissa Eater, and her husband, Brett, of Fort Worth, Texas; stepson, Chad Harper of Pittsburgh, Penn.; brother-in-law, Boyd Marsteller; sister-in-law, Diane Jones; four grandchildren, Aubrey Cox, Marin Eater, Marcus Eater and Travis Harper; two great-grandchildren, Charles Bradley Cox and Joan Cox; seven great-nephews and their wives; a special friend, Gary Fagan; and a special companion, his dog, “Chester.”

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, ELCA.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.shallottefunerals.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Brunswick Family Services, 4800 Main St., Shallotte, NC 28470; or the Sea Trail Memorial Fund.

“The world lost a good man when it lost Bradley Dague.”