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Peter Hegarty, one of Dublin's five original City Council members, died Feb. 26 at age 76.

DUBLIN-- A funeral was held Thursday in Washington state for Peter Hegarty, a former vice mayor and one of Dublin's five original City Council members, who died Feb. 26 at the age of 76.

On Feb. 18, Hegarty set off to walk his dog near his home in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was later found unconscious by a neighbor, who discovered that he was not breathing and had no pulse. Paramedics rushed him to Tacoma General Hospital, where he died eight days later, having never reawakened.

Doctors remain unclear about his cause of death.

Hegarty was born in Oakland on July 3, 1936, and attended St. Joseph's College in Menlo Park, according to a news release from the city.

Hegarty was said to have been passionate about Dublin's history from the very start, arriving in the city in 1962 and acting as one of the founding members of the Dublin Historical Preservation Association. Hegarty worked at Pacific Motor Trucking and was terminal manager of Pacific Rail Services before becoming vice mayor and sitting on the Dublin City Council for nine years.

"Dublin has lost one of its founding fathers," City Historian Georgean M. Vonheeder-Leopold said in a statement Friday. "He will be greatly missed."

Hegarty is survived by his wife, Rosalie; his daughter, Robyn; his son, Scott; his brother, Bill Hegarty; and his sister, Marie Songey.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Harbor History Museum at 4218 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.