OBITUARY

Jeffrey Keith Wagar

June 5, 1956January 2, 2021

Jeffrey Keith Wagar, age 64, succumbed to the ravages of ALS on January 2, 2021 in Mandeville, Louisiana. He passed away peacefully in the company of his family after a lengthy, bitter struggle with this dread disease he fought with stoic and remarkable courage over the last year of his life. His remains will be interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, next to his father, Bill Wagar, his mother, Cynthia, his grandparents, Carrie and Isaac Fortanier, and many other ancestors. Jeffrey was born in Glens Falls, New York on June 5, 1956, the second of four children, all of whom survive him. He grew up in Glens Falls and the nearby Adirondacks where he had a remarkably idyllic childhood and adolescence. He attended Glens Falls Senior High School from which he graduated in 1974. Jeffrey was an outstanding student there with a brilliant mind and had many friends. He attended McGill University in Montreal as an international student, from which he graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in Commerce. He made friends and acquaintances there with fellow students from all over the world. Jeffrey never married nor had children of his own, and in some ways marched to the beat of an unseen drummer. He was an individualist but deeply and always devoted to his family, especially the younger generation. A deep thinker with a profound, discerning, extraordinary intelligence, his gift was concealed behind a shy, diffident personality. He loved exploring and traveled widely in his own country, Europe and Asia and savored other cultures and experiences. After college, Jeffrey soon found his calling in the dawning digital age in computers, programming, troubleshooting and consulting; a passion and vocation he pursued to the end of his life. He formed a partnership in computer consulting and sales of innovative software with his father with whom he lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until 1996 when he joined his older brother, Chip, in New Orleans to organize the IT network of his new law firm. He remained a consultant with the law firm for many years but also with a number of other local clients until his semi-retirement in 2017 and relocation to New York City where he remained until his illness forced his return to Mandeville to the care of his brother. Jeffrey was a gentle, affable soul to all who knew him with limitless empathy and patience for the needs, cares and interests of others. He was selflessly generous to a fault with his time and his money, spending almost nothing on himself. He was an avid triathlete and was often seen on his US Olympic Team speed bicycle on the streets of New Orleans and New York City, exploring and enjoying the pleasures of his bicycle. Jeffrey was a beloved son, brother, cousin and above all, uncle to his nieces and nephews. His premature death has extinguished a bright light that illuminated the lives of his family and friends who deeply grieve his untimely loss. As the wizard told the Tin Woodman, so it can be said of Jeffrey: "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others ..." Jeffrey was well-loved. Jeffrey Wagar is survived by his brothers, Nelson "Chip" Wagar of Mandeville, David Wagar of Columbus, Ohio, and a sister, Caroline Wagar Wilson of Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as five nephews and nieces and two grandnephews: William Wagar and Sarah Wagar Hickman of Mandeville, Louisiana, Anna Wilson of Lake Lanier, Georgia, Flint and Holt Wagar of Columbus, Ohio, and Grady and Fisher Hickman, also of Mandeville, Louisiana. An online guestbook is available at www.gracenorthshore.com.

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Dan Barden

January 11, 2021

Gentle is the perfect word to describe Jeff. When I moved to Glens Falls Jeff was the first person in school to welcome me and take time to have a conversation. I was blessed to say he was my first and as a result oldest friend there. So sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to the family

Michelle Duhe

January 11, 2021

I met Jeffrey in 2007--hiring him to do our company's IT work (he came highly recommended from a peer). He explained complex IT issues in a way non-IT people could understand. Jeffrey even met with me on a weekend, arriving on his bike and dressed in his biking attire because I interrupted his ride.

My husband and I later ran into Jeffrey at Fausto's restaurant and invited him to dine with us. He entertained us with various stories of his life and hobbies (bike riding and ballroom dancing) and we discovered we had a few mutual friends. It was a very enjoyable evening.

My condolences to his loved ones.

Jane Ryer Reid

January 11, 2021

Dear Chip and family,
I was so, so sorry to learn of Jeff's passing in the Post Star this morning. From kindergarten on Jeff and I marched the halls of Glens Falls together - he was always way ahead of the pack and I was somewhere behind, but he always helped with school when needed - especially Chemistry and Bio later on, and I appreciated everything he did for me and others. I am also sorry to hear that he had to suffer with ALS. My grandfather succumbed to that terrible disease, so I have an inkling of what you all must have gone through. Please know that Jeff will be missed, and I am so sorry for your loss. Jane (Ryer) Reid

DAVID FINE

January 10, 2021

I was saddened to learn of Jeff's recent death. We met as undergraduates at McGill University back in 1975 and remained in touch down through the years. Jeff and I shared an interest in politics and history and I always welcomed his insights in these subjects. Since learning of his illness approximately six months ago, he and I tried to speak to each other on a regular basis. Although his health was deteriorating rapidly, we both hoped that he would have more time. Sadly, this was not to be. I am grateful that he and I did manage to speak to each other, as recently as just prior to Christmas. I hope that Jeff was able to take some comfort in the knowledge that his old McGill friends had him in their thoughts.

Tom Richard

January 7, 2021

I was saddened to learn of Jeffrey's passing. I remember the dedication and professionalism be brought to the job, and his steadfast manner in an often challenging work environment. His intellect, insight, and often surprising humor made our many pleasant and interesting conversations delightful. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Merritt Lake

January 7, 2021

“Everything about him is just so…. gentle. There is nothing hard about him. He’s just quiet, soft; everything a man is told not to be.”
A true Gentleman.

Cindy Van Duyne

January 6, 2021

Jeffrey was a wonderful dancer. One of my fondest memories is gliding over the dance floor at the Jefferson Orleans with Jeffrey to a waltz medley. Our tall frames floated around the hall. Rest in peace my good friend. My sincere sympathies to his family.

Best
Cindy Van Duyne
JO vocalist 2013-2019

Evelyn Parker

January 6, 2021

NODA Federal Credit Union Management and staff had the absolute pleasure of working with and knowing Jeffrey since 2006, as my best guess, but we truly missed him when he moved to New York to further his already outlandish knowledge of computer networking and security. We appreciated his excellent service to the Credit Union and the pleasure of his company. Jeffrey was always invited to the credit union's annual meeting and bi-annual social events. Even from New York, Jeffrey continued to support our computer network and security until April of 2020, when we bundled phones and networking with a local company. With great care, Jeffrey worked eloquently with the new company to create a smooth transition. Jeffrey called to let us know about his illness, but we had no idea he had so little time left.
- With love and appreciation,
The Management and staff of NODA FCU
Evelyn Parker, CEO
Shirley Holley, Assistant Manager
Gary Leaumont, Lending Manager
Amy Sixkiller, Loan Officer
Laurie McLester, Collections & Marketing
Genie Mayfield, Debit Card Manager
Tracey Bounds, CSR

Sarah Hickman

January 6, 2021

Jeffrey was one of a kind. His thirst for knowledge and his unending kindness will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. I cannot describe how much I miss him already, so I will not try.

I love you Uncle Jeff. Ill carry you in my heart.

Celeste Pfefferle

January 6, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Jeffrey's illness and passing. His passion for life, whether it be working, cycling, traveling or dancing, was to be admired. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY