Ken Wood, president of the Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming
    Committee, presents honored guest , Wayne Wagner,  with a plaque
    of “A Piece of the Lock” of the Blackstone Canal.  Former Adjutant
    General Wagner was honored on September 30 at the annual Rev.
    William Blackstone Ecumenical Breakfast at the Unitarian Church in
    Mendon. His wife, Ellen,  proudly looks on.

Four Generals from the Mendon Area             Mendon Menu   

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    Major General Wayne F. Wagner, US Army, Ret., 81, passed away, surrounded by his
    family, on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston. He was the
    loving husband of Ellen (Downey) Wagner for 59 years. General Wagner was appointed
    The Adjutant General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1987. In this role, he
    served as head of the Military Division of the executive branch of the Commonwealth
    and advised the Commander-in-Chief in all areas of the militia. As a Federally
    recognized two star General, he was in charge of both the Massachusetts Air and Army
    National Guards. Prior to his appointment, he served in the Massachusetts Army
    National Guard as Director of several departments. He began his US Army career in
    1958 when he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers as a Second
    Lieutenant. He served in Panama and Texas as well as two tours in Vietnam where he
    received a Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and other meritorious medals. A lifelong
    resident of Mendon, he was born in 1935 to the late Carl F. and Fern (Fessenden)
    Wagner. He was a graduate of Mendon High School and Northeastern University,
    earning a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Civically minded, he was
    Chairman of the Historical Commission of Mendon. Additionally, he was a member of
    the Mendon 350th Anniversary Committee, the Mendon Historical Society, the
    Community Preservation Committee, the Millville Chestnut Hill Committee, the
    Montgomery Lodge A.F. & A.M. Lodge of Masons in Milford. Wayne had many interests
    including cooking, gardening, travelling, golf, the Red Sox, and the Patriots. Most of all
    he adored being with his family and friends. He loved being a grandfather, affectionately
    known by the grandchildren as General. In addition to his wife Ellen, he is survived by
    his six children and their families: Sally and her husband Steve Riendeau of Mendon;
    Wayne David and his wife Claudia Wagner of Cumberland, RI; Steven and his wife Patti
    Wagner of Weston, Susan and her husband Thomas Johnson of Mendon; Dr. Timothy
    and his wife Janice Wagner of Pearland, TX; and Christopher Wagner of Boston. His
    thirteen grandchildren are Meaghan, Courtney, Wayne Benjamin, Andrew, Max, Mark,
    Kristina, Brian, Joseph, Ellen, Daniel, Abram, and Avery. He also leaves a brother-in-
    law Robert R. Rhodes of Mendon and four cherished nephews and their families. He
    was pre-deceased by his sister, Lorna Rhodes. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, April 18,
    2017, from 2 | 4 and 6 | 8 PM in the Buma | Sargeant Funeral Home, 42 Congress St.,
    Milford. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 9 AM from the
    funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Gabriel the
    Archangel Parish, 151 Mendon St., Upton. Interment, with Full Military Honors, will follow
    in St. Pauls Cemetery, Gaskill St. Blackstone. Memorial donations may be made to The
    Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville MD 20850, www.
    bumafuneralhome.com. -

    Milford Daily News, April 15, 2017