Christopher LaGois, known to many through his company Good Neighbor Appliance Service, died on Tuesday in the house that he built himself in Sag Harbor, surrounded by his family. Mr. LaGois, who was 58, had been fighting bladder cancer for nine years.
Born in Riverhead to Walter LaGois and the former Alice Williams, his family moved around the country when he was growing up, always seeming to come back to eastern Long Island. He eventually graduated from Bridgehampton High School.
“He was a hard-working man,” said his daughter, Heather LaGois, who also lives in Sag Harbor. He began working as a plumber as soon as he left school, but was handy in many fields, making a career of appliance repair. He made Sag Harbor his home after high school.
He started Good Neighbor Appliance Service in 1987.
He met his wife, the former Cynthia Horn, in Sag Harbor when he was 19. The two were married in 1975. They lived on Bay View Avenue, and raised two daughters, Ms. LaGois and Amy Fliss of Mattituck.
“He built this house himself, with the help of his family,” Ms. LaGois said of their house on Clay Pit Road, which was constructed in 1986.
“He loved to kayak and canoe,” she said. He also loved traveling, and spending time with his family, including his four grandchildren.
He was a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department, as well as the Sag Harbor Lions Club.
He also was a member of the Red Knights motorcycle club.
Besides his daughters, his wife, and his four grandchildren, Mr. LaGois is survived by two brothers, Gary LaGois of Wyoming and George LaGois of Missouri.
He will be cremated.
There will be a memorial service for Mr. LaGois at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 2 p.m.
The interment will be private.
The family has suggested donations in Mr. LaGois’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123.