Let the memory of Wayne be with us forever.
  • 58 years old
  • Born on September 15, 1960 in Central America, Belize.
  • Passed away on July 8, 2019 in Hawthorne, California, United States.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wayne J Wagner Sr memory to Saint John Health’s Health Center Foundation, 2121 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, Ca 90404. 

Please write on your check that this gift supports JWCI-Research Oncology Fund-in honor of Wayne J Wagner Sr and make checks payable to Saint John’s Health Center Foundation. You can also make a gift over the telephone by calling Meghan Chereck at 310-829-8394 or online at saintjohnscancer.org.

A memorial service will be held at Del Aire Baptist Church on Saturday, July 20th at 11am.


Address: 4951 W. 119th Pl., Hawthorne, 90250. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. The repast will take place at the church immediately following the service from 1pm - 3pm.


Posted by David Smith on July 22, 2019
Wayne was the best in so many ways. As J.B. mentioned I had the great experience with the 4:00 am wakeup to go fishing with a hangover with Wayne at Tobacco caye. Our parents were best friends & our families blended together and we remained friends over the years. I had a job that required a five year background investigation and Wayne was my number one reference that
Vouched for me. He climbed the corporate ladder yet remained grounded and humble and made us all feel like a royalty.
He established a great template for us to follow.
My heart felt sympathy goes out to the Wagner family.
RIP & Rise in Glory my friend.
Posted by JULIE WARE on July 22, 2019
I have not seen Wayne for many years, but the childhood memories remain. We were as close as any family could get when we were growing up. I remember all the wonderful years and happy times at tobacco caye. Rest in peace friend.
It's okay to miss you,
It's okay to cry.
Just know I'll never forget you.
This isn't a permanent goodbye.
Posted by Kathleen Ortiz on July 21, 2019
Rest In Peace Wayne
Heaven has gained an Angel that is bigger then life it self
Condolences to all your family.....You will be missed by all who had the greatest pleasure of knowing you and working with you.
Posted by Fern Hamilton on July 21, 2019
Said good bye to a wonderful and awesome human being today, my cousin Wayne. You are a great loss to us and you will be terribly missed. I can't believe that I will never see you or hear your lovely voice again and this makes me very sad indeed. Rest in peace my dear,you are in a better place now.
Posted by Scott And Judy Walters on July 20, 2019
Dearest Wagner family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Wayne was a colleague of ours for nearly twenty years. He was always gracious and the epitome of a true gentleman. His warm greetings and hospitality when we visited the office were certainly genuine and appreciated. He would go out his way to ensure all visitors were treated kindly and were attended to properly.
He was very proud of his family, telling events of growing children and of his grandchild.
It was our honor to have known him. Our hearts are with you,
Scott & Judy Walters
Memphis, TN
Posted by Adonna Martin on July 20, 2019
Larita and family,
Wayne will be missed by all of us st Price Transfer. He was a true friend and a great person who always had a great smile and a laugh that was contagious. Our prayers are with you and he will remain in our hearts. He will be truly missed by our family.
Posted by Eileen King on July 20, 2019
Dear Wagner Family,
I have been blessed and honored to be Wayne's friend for 35 years. We have shared many joys and family milestones throughout these years. Wayne and I remained friends even after I moved on from Castelazo/Tower Group and I will dearly miss our lunches together where we would bring each other up to date on our kids and life in general. When Wayne called me last month before his surgery, I was naturally worried, but in true Wayne fashion, he got me laughing and assured me all would be well. I even teased him he needed to head to Belize to recuperate and forget about work for awhile and I know he is there in spirit with his dad. I will miss Wayne's kindness and smile and his wonderful contagious laugh. He lifted me up and always made a point to remind me that he admired my strength and determination and that was so typical of him. Wayne always thought of others and he always made us feel important and loved. 
My heart is broken with the loss of our dear Wayne, but I know he is still with us and I can hear him telling us not to be sad and putting a positive spin on all of this. Family and friends were everything to Wayne and we are all so very fortunate to have had this amazing and kind and gentle person in our lives for as long as we did.
Posted by Cecil Armold on July 19, 2019
My dear friend, my life today was formed and shaped in those many wonderful memorable childhoods days we shared at Holy Angels Primary school and Ecumenical High School. You were always brilliant and humble at the same time, serious and full of joy. The class room and parties were not the same if you were absent, that bigger than life personality was infectious.
As I reflect on all we did together, I now realized that it was your discipline and awareness of knowing what was important, knowing your priorities and your persistence in achieving your goals was the biggest influence on my life.
High school days were always full of excitement with teachers like Bolt Stanley, Mrs. Woodye and our ever daring principal Mr. Flores. They stretched us and we delivered. Our Chemistry teacher Mr, Duffy was unexcitable but you liked him. I remember going with you to those after school tutorial sessions at his house, I learned nothing but you did.
The Leo club activities were our passport on Fridays for escaping our parents and have some fun in Dangriga. We stayed back after school knowing fully well that we it will be challenging getting a ride home back to Alta Vista (Salada) nonetheless we stayed.
We kept our secrets, protected each other and keep each other grounded.
End of high school was tough as you prepared and left for school in the US. Your mom and dad and family remained kind to me and we stayed close. While time and distance kept us apart, there is never a moment up to now, when I am asked who is my best friend that I do not call your name "Wayne" 
Like your lovely wife, kids, family and friends, its hard to say goodbye. I know I will see you on the other side. I pray God's peace and Grace for your wife and rest of your family and I promise I will make very effort to see your mom soon. Love you man!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Jennifer Stone-Bailey on July 19, 2019
Because I am a believer I could say Wayne’s calling has come to us as a shock however know trust & believe in God’s plan and purpose in each and every one of our lives. Our families have been bonded over 20 years working side-by-side in the transportation industry-sharing lake trips, barbecues, New Year’s parties , music concerts & festivals, trips to Tobacco Caye... “Tinman” was my dear friend, a pure gentleman, a family man of character & integrity... he opened the doors for my career at FedEx Trade Networks and was my mentor. He was very intelligent and had a smile and laugh that lit up the conference room! “But of course”... Mr. Proper... my sincere & deepest condolences to his lovely family and the entire Wagner family- sending you love & comfort and God’s grace & strength to focus on the memories and blessings we shared with Wayne. Until we meet again~ Tingial
Posted by Edna Molina Bowen on July 19, 2019
I've known Wayne from my childhood days. He always wore a smile on his face. He always came across to me as a very shy person in his younger days. As we grew up into adulthood we lost contact with each other but I was lucky enough to ran into him in California on several occasions. I have such fond memories of him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. I'm at total loss of what to say, as I'm still in shock. I want the entire Wagner family to know that I am so sorry for their loss. Heaven has gained an angel. RIP Wayne.
Posted by Julia Vandross on July 19, 2019
I was blessed to meet and care for Wayne. He was a wonderful man, husband to his loving wife and father to his amazing children. Wayne dedicated his life to his family and was such a gentleman. I’ve never met anyone as nice and caring as Wayne; I will be forever grateful for meeting him and his family. God bless you Wagner family. You are in my thoughts.
Posted by Dustin Thaler on July 18, 2019
Wayne Sr, you easily were one of the most genuine human beings I have ever been blessed to know. You made me and every person you came in contact with feel special and good about themselves. You truly were interested in every word, experience, story that anyone had and you made us know it. The way you cared for your family was nothing short of inspiring. You and all of the Wagner’s made me feel like family, from random afternoon visits, dinners, barbecues, holidays, and much much more. I found another family. Thank you.
I’ll never forget your love, care and appreciation. I’m going to miss you. Rest easy, Wayne.
Love, Dustin
Posted by Maryann Dacumos on July 18, 2019
I will cherish milestone memories and precious moments in between:
- Wayne & lovely Larita, at their wedding, everyone ecstatic, dancing to the song "Nani Wine...."
- his top-notch professionalism and successes starting at Castelazo & Associates, then Tower Group Int'l and Fedex;
- as busy working parents, trading stories about the joys and challenges of raising our daughters and sons.
   Fast forward decades later, shortly before I retired, last time we laughed a lot together at a farewell lunch, he said, "...but of course, MAD, you must visit someday when I'm also retired in Belize..." That was vintage Wayne, in his baritone voice, like it was mellowed with fine rum, brows slightly raised, his eyes looking straight at you, unwavering, reflecting his heart of gold and his most generous and kind soul. What a privilege having a sliver of the gift that he was to all of us, gone too soon.
   To dearest Larita and the Wagner family, I offer my heartfelt condolences, hugs and prayers.
Posted by Lisa Martinez on July 18, 2019
It has been a privilege to have been a part of Wayne's life. He was always so proper and such a gentleman...a.k.a - "Mr.Proper" He had a kind heart always smiling and made me laugh. He brought the best out of me.
Wayne was a man of integrity and intelligence...he set the bar high. He was so giving in so many different ways and cooked the best barbecue.
There are so many still in disbelief that he has passed on, he had left a mark in all of us. He will be deeply missed by all.
Wayne Wagner - "what a great human being and a huge blessing"
Thank you Breds for the great memories...
You will forever remain in our hearts and never be forgotten.
May you rest in peace,
Your friend- lil" sis
Lisa
My deepest condolences to family & friends -
Posted by Jennifer,Lynford, Jaelyn ... on July 18, 2019
Dear Wagner Family....

Ms.Gloria, Beve and Brothers,
May the Peace of our Father, fill your hearts and minds at this sad time and always!
Remember, Wayne's light continues to shine!!

Much Love and Remembrance,

Jennifer,Lynford, Jaelyn
Jenkins Edwards
Posted by Karen Schultz on July 17, 2019
One of my favorite memories of Wayne was at Castelazo when I was working with a Belizian client who was importing a litany of FDA nightmares and other delectables. I saw him in the hall and mentioned that I had a client bringing in guava jelly from Belize when he starts singing, "Come on and rub my belly with the guava jelly...". He said it was a well known song down there. Cracked me up. Later at Tower Group he was my manager and one of the best managers I"ve had-- could diffuse any situation with a stressed client or employee, and just an all around supportive, level headed guy. You left us too soon, Wayne. The world will be a little darker without your infectious smile to light it up!
Posted by Henry Thompson on July 17, 2019
Thank you Wayne for your friendship, wonderful light-up-the- room smile, warmth and good humor. I met Wayne back at Castelazo & Assoc. way back in the 80's and became friends and sometimes tennis partners. He was a wonderful person to work with and he brought a lot of joy and compassion to daily living. Thank you Wayne, for enriching our lives and sure will miss you.
Posted by Sarah Rahman on July 17, 2019
Thank your for sharing your beautiful soul that shined wherever you went. You truly treated everyone with respect and kindness. Your smile always made every room brighter and you were truly one of a kind.. Your presence will forever be missed.
Thank you Wayne for being someone to look up to. We will all aspire to be more like you and we will forever keep you in our minds. It was a privilege to have met you. May you Rest In Peace.
Posted by Jekemea Hargraves on July 17, 2019
It seemed as if Wayne never had a bad day. He always greeted everyone with a huge infectious smile that could make you forget that you were having a bad day, if you were. Kind, genuine, patient, calm, respectful, well-spoken, polite are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Wayne, but most of all....unforgettable.
The entire Wagner family and all those who he has touched are in my thoughts and prayers.
You will never be forgotten.
Love, Jekemea (Jay) Hargraves
Posted by Karen Vasquez on July 16, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the Wagner family during this very difficult time. May your memories of Wayne help to comfort you all. Most of my memories of Wayne are from Holy Angels School. One constant thing was his ready smile, even when we bumped into each other on the plane coming from Belize, or at a party. RIP Wayne, gone but not forgotten. Love, Karen
Posted by Diane Stewart on July 16, 2019
Condolences to the Wagner family from all members of the Stewart and Yusi families. We’ve all been very saddened and touched by Wayne’s unexpected passing. We’ll always remember the gentleman he was—his calm nature, and his quick smile. Our hearts go out to each member of the Wagner family as you endure this surreal and unbearable loss. Peace, love, and deepest sympathy to each of you.
Posted by Catherine Miller on July 16, 2019
You are loved
You will be missed
Sleep well Wayne.
Posted by Angela Knox on July 16, 2019
I will miss Wayne's Big smile and good mornings. Wayne was very kind and thoughtful, he would frequently asked about my grandson. Being that our grand kids went to the same school. I would like to take this time to thank the Wagner family for sharing your loved one with us. Your son, husband, dad, granddad is well deserving of all the Accolades. He will be truly missed here at FedEx Trade Network. Thanks Wayne for every thing.
Posted by Juana Olguin on July 16, 2019
All I have from Wayne it’s memories of much respect and always so polite and with a big smile every time he walked by my desk with a good morning, it’s incredible that not to long ago he ask me for my son that worked for FedEx how he was doing, our hearts are broken to loose just a wonderful human being and coworker RIP Wayne Wagner
Posted by Christine Bentas on July 15, 2019
The Breeze from Belize... will be missed. I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne very early in my professional career, he was truly one of the most kind and genuine people I've ever met. Had a heart of gold and was an amazing human.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends through this difficult time.
Posted by Ann Sheffield on July 15, 2019
My friend with the Hollywood smile and joyous laugh; my heart is broken for your family and the friends you left behind. Wayne was one of the most dedicated and respectful people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. During many visits to the Los Angeles office and encounters throughout the US these past twenty plus years, we became allies and friends.
When Wayne talked about his wife and children, his face lit up...his stories about the country of his birth and his parents also meant everything to him! A good and honorable man...with a great sense of humor too. You will be missed - God bless everyone; your legacy will continue. Know that you made a difference and that you mattered.
Love and friendship always, Ann
Posted by Kenneth Gardner on July 15, 2019
The one thing I will always remember about Wayne was his patience. I've worked with him all of my 22 years with the company and he always had time to answer a question, give advice, or point me in the right direction, even when I knew he didn't have that time to spare. He's always been a mentor and wanted nothing but the best for me. A very smart, well spoken, and patient true gentleman! He is one of the nicest men I have ever met, and will be missed dearly. Rest well.
Posted by Vance McFarland on July 15, 2019
I have worked with Wayne for many years and consider him a true friend and a wealth of knowledge. He was always was very accommodating to my many questions. He always had a very calming demeanor, regardless of how stressful the situation. Always felt him smiling on the other end of the phone call.
Posted by Sherilee Gardiner on July 15, 2019
“ It’s isn’t the years
it’s isn't the tears
That makes life worthwhile
It’s the memories that grew
And the people you knew
That will bring back a smile “
Your friendship is a blessing !!!
Posted by Kim McClintock on July 15, 2019
I don't know where to begin. I'll start with working with Wayne, he's one of the fairest and most caring person I have worked with. There was not a time I could not knock on the door of Wayne's office to ask for guidance, or just talk about our families. I felt honored to know Wayne, and be mentored while listening to him articulate during our meetings. Wayne your presence will be missed tremendously.
Posted by Bernard Wagner on July 15, 2019
I remembered the first time I met Wayne. We were told that we would be having a new maths teacher and his last name was Wagner. I was curious because I was Wagner as well. And I had always dreamt of being taught by a family member. The previous teacher had left because it was rumored that our class was trouble. Mind you this was the first graduating class of the newly amalgamated ACC.... duh. Well Wayne came in, fresh kid just back from studying abroad. Well equipped with new approaches and understanding of the generation X's. He was an instant hit. I could understand the females loved him- damn he was good looking!!! But the males also took a liking to him because of his great and humble personality. He became our closest friend, one we could take any of our problems to and he would have solutions. That 1983 class loved him because he inspired us to learn. I cant believe he has gone. We will all miss you Teach!!! I will miss you cuz.
Posted by Josephine Meighan on July 15, 2019
We are heartbroken. This have hit us to the core. Wayne Jefferson Wagner, Sr. Was one of the kindest, sweetest, most compassionate person. We will definitely miss that contagious smile. Who would have thought that the last time we saw you, getting the boat ready and making sure not to forget Ms. Yolie’s Johnny Cakes, would be the last time we would see you. We can still picture Wayne sitting at our kitchen table on one of his many visits to our home eating split peas or some special Belizean dish we would make especially for him. You see, he was just that kind of person....you would want to do whatever you can for him...just hoping that maybe you can be as kind as he was. Wayne will be greatly missed by all of us, Carlos, Jo, Sheena and Marsha. Our deepest condolences to Aunt Glor, Bev, Mark, Wince, Floyd, Jr. Lar and the children. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Debbie Wade on July 15, 2019
Throughout my life there are memories of Wayne, always smiling, always poised, gentle and engaging.. I have literally known him my entire life, regardless of distance whenever he came home it felt like no time had passed and the love would just be... yet another difficult reason to remember the 8th of July... you left the same day we lost Uncle Notris "Ahooooyyyy"..you'll be missed my brother. R.I.P Wayne.
Posted by Richard Flowers on July 14, 2019
I will always cherish our friendship which commenced during childhood and grew stronger as we matured. Your infectious smile and genuine personality ensured that everyone around you felt at ease and appreciated. You were more than a good friend...you were my brother and will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Posted by Alison Taylor on July 14, 2019
Although it has been years since I’ve seen him, Wayne was always so kind and his smile was infectious. I will never forget him calling me 5 years ago when my mother passed. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that all the family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.
Posted by Maureen Smith on July 14, 2019
Its hard for me to understand how or why. However, what is certain is that our lives were better for knowing you. I will miss our conversations, your laugh and ultimately your kindness. Our light here on earth might have dimmed because of your loss, but heaven's just got brighter for having you. You will forever be missed cuz. Luv u.
Posted by Buddy Brown on July 14, 2019
A well respected Brother that will be missed by many. Sincere condolences to his wife, children, mother, brothers and sister, family and friends.
Bless
Posted by Kim Aikman on July 14, 2019
Wayne you were one of Derek's cherished friend, I came to know you through his childhood memories and when I met you in person you were always genuine . You followed your friend and I know that you are both together in that everlasting place. You have joined the throng of angels watching over us. Deepest condolences to your family.
Posted by JB Wade on July 13, 2019
My breds.. Aye.. That full smile .. Your laughter that makes me know that you really genuinely enjoyed my jokes.. All the talks while we Barbqued.. Mein I am still in disbelief .. Our sctoch and coconut water you waking me up at 4am with a cup of coffee so we can go fishing.. This is just crazy.. Was looking forward to your trip home to bring home Aunt Gloria and you having that first drink with me aye mein ruff.. Suteah I see you again. Ohoy
Posted by Camille Williams on July 14, 2019
Wayne was one of the kindest, nicest people I have known. Whenever I was around him he was always smiling and joking around. To say that he will be missed is a huge understatement. However, I don’t have the words to express the empty void that he has left in my world. Life as I knew it has changed forever. My deepest sympathies to aunt Gloria, Beverly, Mark and Winston who I know closely, and are like a family to me. Wayne’s light shone brightly while he was on this earth and we will have to figure out a way to live without him. To aunt Gloria, Beverly, Mark and Winston, I pledge to pray for you consistently. I pray that God grant you the peace that passeth all understanding. Goodbye Wayne, you will be forever missed.
Posted by Jacqueline Haylock on July 13, 2019
Tons of memories have flashed in my mind since I found out...this one has really shaken me ..trying to process it..but it's not easy..you nicknamed me "coolie gyal" before I even met you properly..it stuck ..I can hear you greeting me as such with a big grin.....18th nite(Nov) .will not be quite the same..many were shared with much fun filled memories..Sept OW trips won't compare..Tobacco Caye Easters will surely not be the same...rest easy my brother in law....rice bun, fry fish, Dutch cheese and some JW with coconut water have your name on it....this pic shows you in your element..I clearly recall taking this pic of you proudly showing off your catch..
sleep well......this one shakes me to my core..
Posted by Msria Berotte on July 13, 2019
To the one and only Wayne Jefferson Wagber. That smile will always be remembered. The way you greeted me when we meet and being a Valley boy wll be treasured. That 1/2 smile made u unique. U will be missed.
Posted by Dellone Johnson on July 13, 2019
Wayne my couz. You are one of a kind. There are so many good memories of you it’s hard to write just one, but one of my favorite is when we were younger and i lived in LA. You were still in college. I would cook every Sunday and you would come by “ to check on Aunt Joan” he would say and at the same time eying the food just waiting to be asked “do you want to eat”.
Wayne: yes man. Do you have enough?
He would sit and eat and after he was done he would kind of hang around still looking at the food.
Me: do you want to take some for tomorrow?
Wayne: yes man. Do you have enough? Are you sure? ( and if you know him well enough you can see the look on his face and the half smile)
One Sunday he came and brought Owen with him. They ate and hang around for a little while and when they got ready to leave I ask if they wanted to take some food with them. Before Wayne could answer Owen said “Yes man. And don’t worry I have my Tupperware in the car”.
Now every time I would go to Wayne's house he would cook and offer me some of his cooking.
My cousin with a big heart, a warm heart, very considerate and humble and ALWAYS a gentleman. Wayne I love you so much and will miss you more
Posted by Raecine Wagner on July 13, 2019
Wayne was there for us and Dad (Uncle Wallace). He came and spent the whole day at the hospital, keeping an eye on him so we could get a break & some rest. He was there for us after Dad passed and continued to check on us. You truly are an awesome cousin. We love you and miss you dearly. from Aunt Yvonne & the Wagner family.
Posted by Richard Milicov on July 13, 2019
Until proven otherwise, Wayne is in Belize, with Larita, with his family, in sunglasses, preparing the fish he caught earlier in the day, drink in hand, laughing, discussing (politely and honestly) the issues of the day.  When does our friend get back to LA?
Posted by Gary Smith on July 13, 2019
Difficult to know where to start
Guess I can start back when we hired an eager young man, even though he was planning on becoming an engineer.
I had the great pleasure of watching Wayne build a great career in brokerage industry and becoming a role model to so many others.
I knew that I could always count on his support as we all worked to build Castelazo & Assoc. what a great team.
I just completely enjoyed knowing Wayne
Posted by Julia Swinburnson on July 12, 2019
I have worked with Wayne for many years in the customs brokerage industry, and although I primarily knew him remotely, he was one of the kindest, nicest people I have ever had the privilege to know. He was always upbeat, and eager to help anyone, in any way. In a business that can be high pressure and stressful, Wayne was always a bright light that shone upon anyone who had contact with him. RIP Wayne ..... you are an example for all of us to aspire to.
Posted by Aldo Neyra on July 12, 2019
I owe you a world of gratitude Wayne and wouldn't be where I am today without your guidance and support. You always had my back when I needed you and for that I am forever grateful. You exemplify what is it is to be a good and loving husband, father, son and brother. I know I speak for all of us who's lives you've touched in saying we admire your grace, honesty and character as well as your intoxicating laughter. You are loved by so many and we will surely miss your presence. God took an angel from us....too soon. Rest in peace my brother.
Posted by Robert Kirkwood on July 12, 2019
I have the greatest respect for Wayne, and I looked up to him as a wealth of knowledge in the import/export industry. He had a way of always making you feel comfortable when you were around him, in person or on the phone, and he was one of the kindest people I've ever known. Thanks Wayne for being an amazing human being. You will be missed.

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