Ex-Public Works chief S. Hadley Jr. dies
Samuel Percy Hadley Jr. of West Palm Beach, former superintendent of Public Works for Palm Beach, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. He was 96.
Mr. Hadley was born on Nov. 2, 1920, in West Palm Beach, where he lived his entire life.
The son of Anna Fremd Hadley and Samuel Percy Hadley, he spent much of his youth at the home of his maternal grandfather, former Town Council member William Fremd. His grandfather was a longtime friend of Henry M. Flagler and was Flagler’s head of horticulture for the grounds of the Breakers, Whitehall and Poinciana hotels.
Mr. Hadley graduated from Palm Beach High School. He was a catcher for the local American Legion baseball team at Connie Mack Field and served in the Army during World War II.
He was employed by the town between 1969 and 1985 as superintendent of Public Works. He volunteered at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s gift shop.
He is survived by two daughters, Holly Weaver Hadley and spouse Bruce Crawford of North Palm Beach and Heather Hadley Luttier and husband Mark of West Palm Beach; two grandsons, Thomas Tucker Luttier and Samuel Patrick Luttier, both of West Palm Beach. He also is survived by a sister, Jane Hadley Caruso of West Palm Beach; three nieces, Suzanne Caruso Crawford, Annette Caruso Dowell and Barbara Denise Hadley Glover, all of West Palm Beach; and three nephews, Rick Caruso and Hyatt Trevor Hadley, both of West Palm Beach, and Jay Hall of Miami.
He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Weaver Hadley; a brother, Hyatt Hadley; and a sister, Lillian Hadley Hall.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Trinity Place, West Palm Beach, followed by a reception in the church parish hall.
His remains will be interred alongside his wife in the columbarium at Holy Trinity. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity or Trustbridge Hospice.
Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center of West Palm Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hadley Jr.