Edward Joseph Van Wagner of Martindale, New York, passed away peacefully Nov. 11 due to complications brought on by lung disease. During his brief hospitalization, he was surrounded by his beloved family and many wonderful friends.
He was born July 9, 1946, in Sherburne, New York, and raised on his parents’ dairy farm. He graduated from Sherburne Central High School in 1964 and graduated with his associate degree in applied science June 12, 1966, from SUNY Morrisville.
He was married to Donna Marie Sbaraglia-Wilson Nov. 12, 1966, and they had five children together. His early career began at Norwich Pharmaceuticals. In 1972 he relocated to his current residence and began his career as a civil servant. He retired as manager of the New York Department of Labor in Hudson, New York, after 29 years of service. During his retirement he enjoyed time with his family and friends and was known for his annual clam bake traditions, his sportsman’s club activities and his ammo sales business, which was sympathetically run at a loss. He will be remembered by those who loved him as a caring, generous soul who would always leave you with a smile. “Remember the good times.”
He was preceded by his parents, Jay and Alice Van Wagner; and his son Ted Edward Van Wagner.
He is survived by two brothers: Dan Van Wagner and wife Roslyn, and Fred Van Wagner and wife Edith; two sisters: Alice Scott and husband Dan Scott, and Lois Van Wagner; three daughters: Sarah Braley and husband Jeff Braley, Ruth Van Wagner, Laura Puff and husband Tom Puff; and his son Dr. John Van Wagner and wife Julianna Van Wagner. In addition, Ed leaves behind 16 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
As per his wishes, his family is honoring his memory with a celebration of life party Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Inn in Philmont, New York. All those who knew him are welcome to come and raise a glass in his memory. He wished to be cremated and his ashes will be buried Friday, Nov. 17, back at the farm next to Teddy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Philmont Rod and Gun Club youth programs. Donations may be sent c/o FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.