1932 ~ Cornelius Wagman ~ 2020
Cornelius (Neil) Wagman, 88, passed away on March 23, 2020 at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob & Mary Wagman, infant daughters Maryanne and Joanne, as well as eleven siblings. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 56 years, June, his daughter Patti (Arwyn Evans) and grandsons Gareth and Rhys, and his son Marti and grandchildren Leah and Carter, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Neil was born and raised in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, where he lived all his life, until moving to Regina in 2017 and then Medicine Hat, in December of 2019. He regretted not graduating from high school but was a lifelong learner who valued knowledge and education, which he also instilled in his children. Many a blizzardy, winter morning he would be out early to plow open the country roads so that everyone could get to school (much to the chagrin of his children and neighbouring cousins). He was a wealth of information on a variety of topics, gaining his wisdom from books and television documentaries. He loved all types of sports, both as a player and a fan. He could often be found watching nearly every televised sport. In his younger days he played baseball and enjoyed curling. He met his wife, the new school teacher in town, at a bonspiel. They married in 1963 and continued running the family dairy farm until taking a well-deserved retirement in 2001 and moving into Balgonie. Neil loved being a farmer and he named their dairy farm, Maryville Holsteins, as a tribute to his mother. He was extremely proud of his dairy herd, winning multiple prestigious awards for individual cows and herd production.
Neil was an active member of his community, as a member of the Elks, and the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Even after retiring from farming, Neil enjoyed the process of nurturing a crop and his time was spent tending to their impressive garden. He liked to keep busy, spending hours tinkering in his garage or visiting with neighbours. He spent many an hour ice fishing and bringing home his catch for June to prepare. He was a man who knew how to talk to people, a quick shopping trip turning into a several hour excursion because he needed to stop and chat with nearly everyone he met! Neil was tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren, who meant the world to him. To Neil, family was everything. Not only was he tremendously generous with his very large extended family but with anyone who needed help. He always liked to have a laugh and delighted in a good-natured tease.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of River View Care Centre as well as the kind doctors and nurses of 2N & 5W who filled Neil’s last days with care and compassion.
A celebration of Neil’s life will be announced once public gatherings are once again allowed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choosing.
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