Was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 6th, 1944 to Edwin and Margaret Hackett. Virgil passed away in his sleep on January 9th, 2008 after recently discovering he had cancer. He had been living in Tampa, Florida under the loving care of his son and daughter-in-law who had fought to help him rehabilitate from a stroke several years earlier. On January 13th, 2008 a memorial service was held in Tampa, Florida. Virgil is survived by his son, Edwin Hackett and his wife Holley of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his sister Margie Youra and her husband Michael of Vacaville, California; his brothers Ron and Wayne Fanzone and their wives Lynn and Penny of Baltimore, Maryland; his aunt, Juanita Swope of Baltimore, Maryland; and his ex-wife and friend Crystal Hackett of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A 1962 graduate of Dundalk Senior High School, Virgil went on to earn his bachelor's degree from West Virginia Technology and his Master's of Business Administration from West Virginia University. For many years, he taught in the Business Department of Grove City College in Grove City Pennsylvania. It was there he met his friend, colleague and future business partner, Paul Fair. Together they took on the world of antiques, buying and selling with an enthusiasm few could ever match. Virgil was a Freemason and a member of the William S. Snyder Lodge No. 756, joining in 1988 and serving as Master in 1994. Virgil will be remembered for his love of fishing, playing cards, being with friends and having the stamina of the energizer bunny. The family requests donations for Train to End Stroke in lieu of flowers. Donations can be sent to Train to End Stroke c/o Ed Hackett 727 NE 4th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 or made online at http://virtualttes.kintera.org/hackett Virgil's Son Ed, Daughter-in-Law Holley, Sister Margie, husband Michael and friends will participate in a Train to End Stroke marathon event in memory of Virgil and to raise awareness for Stroke. Virgil will be missed and remembered by all.
The Baltimore Sun