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It is with great sadness that the family of Donald David Wagner announces his passing on Friday, March 30, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

Donald was the youngest of five sons born to John and Gladys Wagner on Sept. 22, 1953 in St. Thomas, Ont.

Don was united in marriage to Debra Olson on Sept. 23, 1972 in Fort Frances. Shortly thereafter, they moved to London, Ont., where he worked at various jobs.

After three years, they returned to Rainy River District, where he acquired a job in the local paper mill. He retired from there in 2009.

Don enjoyed many hunting trips with his friends and family. He loved being in the great outdoors. He also truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, whether it was sharing a bowl of fresh berries, a tub of ice cream, a trip to Disney World, fishing or camping, or a ride in Grandpa’s red trick on the bush roads; he even helped them on their paper route.

He loved them dearly.

He leaves behind his wife, Debbie; daughter, Connie (John) Hendrickson; sons, Gary Wagner (companion Andrea Johnston) and Bradley Wagner (Harriette); grandchildren, Hunter, Jonathan, Kenneth, Krystal, Gregory, and Tyler; and foster granddaughters, Betty and Melissa.

He also is survived by his brother, Stan (Joan) Wagner; sister-in-law, Beverly Wagner; as well numerous nieces, nephews, and a large extended family.

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Don was predeceased by his parents, John and Gladys Wagner; infant son, Lesley; and brothers, Lornie (Agnes), George, and Leslie.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fort Frances.

The pallbearers will be Stan Zajac, Jack Kellar, Brian Hall, Shawn Ward, Charlie Wagner, Roger Trott, Ted Scott, and Bill Tkachuk.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to KidSport Fort Frances or the UNFC Community Garden, c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

“Today my red ribbon is awarded to a longtime friend, Mr. Don Wagner, husband, father, and grandfather who passed away Friday at a relatively young age.

“Former truck driver at Abitibi, he enjoyed his workmates and his job, loved to spend time in the great outdoors, and quality time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

“Retired due to poor health but never lost his sense of humour, nor his joy for and love of life. A great role model who was always there for family, friends and always willing to lend a hand up–totally humble, honest, inspiring, caring, and compassionate.

“Don set the bar high simply because of who he was–the world lost a great man. I will miss him–our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with his wonderful family.

“RIP my friend. You deserve this award.”