CLEVELAND - An Ohio cancer patient has died less than three weeks after attending his daughter's wedding on a gurney to fulfill his promise to walk her down the aisle.
A spokesman for University Hospitals in Cleveland says 56-year-old Scott Nagy died there Monday.
Nagy's wife Jean posted a message to her Facebook page following his death.
"Scott Nagy lost his battle with cancer last night. It was a battle he fought every step of the way with both pride and dignity. He was my partner since we became high school sweethearts 40 years ago. He was a wonderful father and husband. I now must be content with all the memories I have. We grew up together and learned about life. My heart is broken as I miss him terribly. I am happy he is done with the pain he quietly lived with every day of his life. His strength and determination was an example of the love he had for his family," Jean Nagy wrote on Facebook.
The terminally-ill Brunswick man wore a tuxedo and arrived by ambulance for his daughter Sarah's Oct. 12 wedding at a Strongsville church. Guests cried and clapped as the pair made their way down the aisle with help from a volunteer team of medical professionals.
The Plain Dealer reported that Nagy gave away the 24-year-old bride from the gurney, and when she burst into tears, he reminded her not to streak her makeup.
Nagy was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer and had been hospitalized for months.
Visitation for Nagy's funeral will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Jardine Funeral Home, 15822 Pearl Rd. in Strongsville. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville. In lieu of flowers, the Nagy family is requesting donations be made to A Promise Kept to pay it forward and help another University Hospital patient keep a special promise.
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