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.
In memory of
Cornelius Wagman
January 02, 1932 - March 23, 2020 - Age 88

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.

To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: pattfh@telusplanet.net subject heading: Cornelius Wagman

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Message from Nancy Carson March 26, 2020
My deepest condolensces to the whole family. I will always think of my Uncle Neil with love and cherish the memory of him calling me "Francy Nancy" (I called him Uncle Corny). His last sentiments to me during our wonderful visit at the hospital, were how much he cherished his family. God bless him as he rests in peace, watches down on us all... and still cheers for the SK Rough Riders!
Nancy Carson
Message from Teresa & James Siebert March 26, 2020
Deepest sympathy to June & family. Neil was a wonderful man. Chatting with him & June many times at their home , visiting before mass, Sunday brunches or at the store & post office. He loved to tease and we loved to tease him back. May he Rest In Peace!
Teresa & James Siebert
Message from Shirley Wagman March 26, 2020
Our heartfelt love and sympathy to the family. I sadly regret not making it to Medicine Hat to see him before he passed. Prior to his moving, we had several enjoyable visits at the hospital with walks down memory lane. He was always so interesting to visit with and always had such a great sense of humour. I know the last few months had been hard on him and I take comfort knowing he's now pain-free and in a better place. Aunt June, Patti and Marti, I know Uncle Neil is still with you and still enveloping you with his love. God bless him and all of you as you go through this difficult time. Love and hugs, Shirley and Eric.
Shirley Wagman
Message from Louise and Michael Smith March 27, 2020
Our condolences June and family. Neil was a great guy and we always enjoyed our chats.
Louise and Michael Smith
Message from Carmen Kessel March 27, 2020
June and family ,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all , in this difficult time. Hugs
Carmen Kessel
Message from Don and Ruth Korchinski March 27, 2020
June, please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Neil was a kind and friendly man and we have missed your smiling faces behind us in church more than you could ever know. Wishing you the strength to carry on without him in these coming days of uncertainty and grief. Know that others care and hope that the many years of fond memories will help to ease the loss.
Don and Ruth Korchinski
Message from Pat & Archie Lovelace March 27, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to June and family, We loved talking to both June and Neil especially at 50 plus club suppers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pat & Archie Lovelace
Message from Rosemary Devers & Family March 27, 2020
Deepest condolences are extended to June and family on the loss of your Husband, Father & grandfather. May you all take comfort knowing Neil is now with the all loved ones who passed before him and you all have a special Angel watching over you. God bless you all.
Rosemary Devers & Family
Message from Jim & Jackie Fahlman March 27, 2020
June our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Neil spent a few Sundays comforting Shelby after her Sunday morning spanking during Mass. My kids always referred to the both of you as Grandpa Neil & Grandma June. Hugs to all!
Jim & Jackie Fahlman
Message from Cathy & Darrell Poelzer March 27, 2020
June, I am so sorry to hear this news. Neil once told me years ago watching my son in church was more interesting than listening to the homily... too funny. He had a great sense of humour. He will be missed. Love and prayers to u at this time. Take care and stay safe.
Cathy & Darrell Poelzer
Message from Art and Lillian Volke, Pilot Butte, Sask. March 28, 2020
June and family, we are so sad to hear of Neil's passing, have been missing our visits at Walmart in the past few months. Loved the conversations we had with the both of you. He is in a better place visiting with so many. Take care June and know many friends are keeping you in their prayers.
Art and Lillian Volke, Pilot Butte, Sask.
Message from Donna & Ron Ludwar March 28, 2020
Heartfelt sympathy to you aunt June and family. Uncle Neil was a fun uncle to be around . I recall having to be very careful walking down the centre aisle in the dairy barn as there was sure to be a squirt of milk coming my way. Wishing you all peace and comfort.
Donna & Ron Ludwar
Message from Deanna & Dwayne Radmacher, Edenwold, Sask. March 30, 2020
Our sympathies to June and family. May precious memories be kept in memory of Neil,
a fun loving, prankster as he was, never a dull moment.
Deanna & Dwayne Radmacher, Edenwold, Sask.
Message from Dawn Kocur & family April 01, 2020
Aunt June, Patti, Arwyn & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man . He will be missed dearly. His last few months were not great and I’m glad he’s at peace now. Love and hugs to your family.
Dawn Kocur & family
Message from Karen & Roger Thompson April 01, 2020
So sad to hear it was Neil's time to move on. I am so glad we had a nice visit last summer while visiting Dad. I am glad you are living close to your daughter now. It is so hard to say good bye to our loved ones. Remember the good times and take care, June. Our sympathies to your family as well.
Karen & Roger Thompson