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Robert David Nagy aged 79, died on Friday November 7, 2008 in Lorain, following a courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born in Lorain on March 3, 1929 to the late John and Helen Nagy. Robert was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City. He served on the front-lines in the Korean War and attained the rank of sergeant. On May 1, 1954 he was united in marriage to Vincenza Ianni.

Robert will be remembered first and foremost as a loving, generous and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. On a grander scale, the memory of Robert will live on and be celebrated through the gift of his voice and his love for classical music.

As a youth Robert worked for the Lorain National Tube Company. He studied briefly at the Cleveland Institute of Music until he won a national vocal competition in Chicago and the chance to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Robert's career spanned 30 years and his voice has graced opera houses all over the world. He shared the stage with greats like Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, and Dame Kiri Takanawa. Robert was known for having one of the most powerful voices in Met history. His repertoire spanned over 100 roles in such operas as Otello, Mephistopheles, Aida, Madame Butterfly, Salome, Fidelio, Tannhauser and many others.

In 1987 Robert retired from the Metropolitan Opera Company and he and Vincenza returned home to Ohio.

Robert is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vincy "Mim" Nagy, son Robert J. Nagy, daughters Helen Evangelista and Gina Nagy-Burns, grandsons Gregory and Alexander Evangelista, daughter in-law, Karen Holcomb and sons in-law Louis Evangelista and Christopher Burns.

Visitation will be on Monday, November 10, 2008 from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM at the David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville where a prayer service will be held at 9:30AM Tuesday. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00AM Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville with Rev. Stephen Kaminski, Pastor as the celebrant. Entombment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

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