Dan Bagnell passed away very unexpectedly on July 19, 2023 and entered into his eternal rest in the arms of his Savior.
Daniel George Bagnell was born in New Brunswick, NJ on December 22, 1948, the only child of Richard and Dorothy (Anizell) Bagnell. He graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1966, and from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1971 with a Bachelors of Engineering degree, and in 1973 with a Masters in Ocean Engineering. At graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He served as a Flight Test Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center on Edwards Air Force Base, California, where he ran the development program for the F-5E airplane.
After an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, Dan returned to the east coast where he worked for the United States Coast Guard in Washington, DC, in the Design Branch. Here he designed many ships as well as equipment used on ships. After 13 years with the Coast Guard, he began working for Band Lavis and Associates (later CDI Marine) in Severna Park, MD, continuing his design work as well as the marketing of the ships and boats he designed.
Dan was very active in the Boy Scouts, serving as an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1283 in Bowie, MD for over 25 years. Highlights of his tenure with Troop 1283 included a summer camp experience in Acadia National Park, Maine; two backpacking trips on the Lenhok'sin Trail in Goshen, Virginia; and a backpacking trip with a patrol of older boys to the summit of Mt. St. Helen’s, Washington.
Dan married Sharon (Romansky) Bagnell in 1971 and, together, they raised two sons, Peter and Patrick. They lived in Bowie, MD for 44 years and just recently moved to Frederick, MD. Both Dan and Sharon are long-time members and Deacons of Cresthill Church, and Dan oversaw the renovation of the new Worship Center as well as the upkeep of the building and grounds for several years. His spare time was spent designing and building guitars and completing many home improvements.
Dan leaves his wife of 51 years, Sharon; son Peter and his wife Chrissy(Sloane), son Patrick and his wife Meredith (Carr); four grandchildren whom he adored- Abigail, Henry, Nora, and Alex; an aunt and uncle, Betty and Dennis O’Shea; cousins Tom O’Shea (Fliss); Brian O’Shea (Cathy); and Nancy Macke (Eric) as well as countless friends and family far and wide. His unexpected passing at age 74 is a reminder for all of us to treasure every day, because we never know what tomorrow might bring.