G. Digby Lafferty, 84, Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Hollidaysburg, died Saturday at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach after a brief illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of J. Donald and Katherine (Leamer) Lafferty. He was twice married, first to Elizabeth Francis Biddle of Hollidaysburg on June 23, 1951, in Carmel, Calif.; she died in January 1993. He then married Patricia Pownall Nick of Vero Beach, Fla., in September 2000.
Surviving are his wife, Pat; five children: Elizabeth Woodman of Hillsborough, N.C., George D. of Kansas City, Kan., David B. of Duncansville, Andrew A. of Hollidaysburg and Laura Kneedler of Portland, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; and a sister, Donna Beasley of Seattle, Wash.
Digby was a 1947 graduate of Lawrenceville School and continued on to Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. During the Korean conflict, he was selected to attend the Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he became fluent in Russian, and he continued as an Army Intelligence officer in Washington, D.C.
Years later after returning home, he became president of Lafferty Trucking Co. from 1965-87. He also served on the board of trustees of Altoona Hospital from 1972-79 and as board chairman from 1974-79. Upon completion of the 13-story tower construction project in 1979, he proudly dedicated the new hospital to all of the professional Altoona Hospital caregivers and stepped down.
Dig was a member of Blairmont Country Club, Scotch Valley Country Club, Spruce Creek Rod and Gun Club, Bent Pine Golf Club, John's Island Club and Pine Valley Golf Club. He enjoyed golf, fly fishing, traveling and spending time socializing with friends and family. He will long be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor.
At his request, there will be no viewing or visitation. A private memorial service will be held in Vero Beach for the immediate family.
In Digby's memory, contributions may be made to either the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library or Hollidaysburg Area YMCA.