Longtime freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died.

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Longtime Register freelance writer Pat McTaggart has died. The cause of death has not yet been released pending an autopsy. It is believed he died at his home Sunday, January 19.

  McTaggart, who was 70, had worked for the Register for several decades, most recently as a sports writer. He was a freelance writer for a number of other newspapers and magazines, as well. He has a keen interest in World War II and contributed several articles to specialty publications focused on that topic.

 McTaggart was recently awarded a Quilt of Valor honoring his service to his country. He was also active with the Clayton County Veterans Affairs Commission and the Emergency Management Commission. Pat had a keen interest in local history and wrote numerous articles on the Clayton County Courthouse, the clock tower renovation project, and Carter House. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader.

Pat was a graduate of Central Community High School. In his younger years, he worked for his dad, Bill, and his uncle, Don, who were co-owners of McTaggart Furniture, Elkader.

“I had enormous respect for Pat’s talent as a writer and his willingness to handle any story assigned to him,” said Register Editor Pam Reinig. “He will be deeply missed by his colleagues here and by members of the Elkader community.”

Service details have not been released.

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