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Norman H. Wagner

October 2nd, 2015

norman h wagnerNorman H. Wagner, 80, of Clayton passed away Thursday evening, October 1, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

The family will receive friends at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept. on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 3 - 5PM. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Norman was born in Clayton on January 27, 1935, son of Michael A. and Susan J. Longton Wagner. He was a 1952 graduate of Clayton Central School and received his associates degree from Morrisville Technical College. He served with the US Air Force in 1952. He married the former Patricia McKinley on November 14, 1958 and they were divorced in 1984. He later married the former Patricia Spence on June 6, 1987 and they remained married until the time of her death in September 2012.

;He worked for Frink SnoPlows, Clayton and Viking Snow Plow, Harrisville. He later managed the Texaco gas station in Clayton. In 1985 Norman became a corrections officer and retired from Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in 1998. In 1999 he began serving as the Town of Clayton Historian, and he still held that office at the time of his passing.

History was a large part of his life and he was a Civil War enthusiast. He also was a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Norman enjoyed delivering River Rat cheese every Thursday around the county for a number of years. He loved to hunt and was a member of many local area Rod and Gun Clubs for the purpose of pursuing his love of black powder muzzle loaders. He enjoyed woodworking and could fix just about anything.

He is survived by his two daughters Patricia L. "Patti" and Steven LaShomb, Virginia Beach, VA and Julie A. and Dennis Webster, Mineral, VA; two stepchildren, Cynthia Gravely, Richmond, VA and Robert W. Marshall; four grandchildren, Margo Deems, Virginia Beach, VA, Caitlin and Nelson Clarke, Great Lakes, IL, Lauryn and Jared Galloway, Richmond, VA and Clay Kirk, GA; five great grandsons, Ethan, Evan, Henry, Vincent, and McKinley; four siblings, M. Paul and Joan Wagner, Las Vegas, NV, Ernest C. Wagner, Liberty, NY, Anne L. Wagner, Rochester, NY and Joseph R. and Maggie Wagner, Schenectady, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, Norman's family would ask that donations be made in his name to the Thousand Islands Museum at 312 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com. 


#15 John Wagner 2015-10-06 20:00
Norman, I will never forget the times you and my Father, Francis Wagner, would sit down and discuss local and family history. Priceless!! Also thank you for all you did for our family after Dad passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers - we will miss you very much.
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#14 Pam Massia 2015-10-05 16:43
Norm was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our condolences to all of his family.

Pam Massia and J. Neil Mason
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#13 Beth Bennett 2015-10-05 10:27
What a great man and a good neighbor you will be greatly missed Norm.
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#12 Campany Family 2015-10-04 23:37
We always looked forward to his weekly visit and we sure covered a lot of genealogy and history!

His positive attitude and gentle disposition endeared him to all. He spoke so well of everyone... friends, relatives and children.....al l gave him much happiness.

We will miss him and fondly remember his friendship.

John,Charmaine, Adriana and Blaine Campany
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#11 Kate Dickson 2015-10-04 23:16
Deepest sympathy to all his family and loved ones on the passing of Norm. He was a wonderful person. I was friends with his wife, and I hope they are together again in heaven.
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#10 Matt & Marisa 2015-10-04 19:28
I am sending my deepest condolences to all of Norm's family. I only knew him a short time but he made a lasting impact on my family. He was a kind and patient man with a huge heart. He will be greatly missed. I am thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Matt & Marisa Friesen
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#9 Lisa Pecor Oconnor 2015-10-04 10:12
I've known Mr. Wagner since I was a little girl. He was always so nice and happy. Blessed to have known him.
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#8 Lou & Rosie Montante 2015-10-04 07:32
Norm belongs to the group of people who, in their passing, leave a huge gap in this world. He will truly be missed. Our condolence to the family.
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#7 Guy Williams 2015-10-03 13:03
I had the pleasure of working with Norm at Cape Vincent CF. Norm always had a smile on his face and I never heard him complain about anything. He was a joy to work with ,I missed when he retired and I'll miss him now even more that he's in heaven. RIP Norm.
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#6 Joan and Paul Wagner 2015-10-03 12:53
Norman, we will sadly miss you. You were the finest brother a man could have. We both loved you....
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