A Snapshot of Our Beloved

Wayne Jefferson Wagner was born September 15, 1960 in Belize, Central America and was the loving son of Floyd J Wagner Sr (deceased) and Gloria Wagner. Wayne was born humble. At the age of 2 he stayed at his mother's side during a year of illness and never left her side. Wayne grew up in Alta Vista, Stann Creek Valley, attended Holy Angels School and Stann Creek Ecumenical School. Wayne was a bright student; he received many honors and certificates during his four years of high school. He was involved in his community and was Leo president and class president. During his pastime Wayne hung out with his childhood friends: Bruce, Cecil, Raymond, and Carl. At times they did mischievous, boyish activities but Wayne was always conservative and compliant. He never compromised his school work for other activities. During the summers Wayne helped his dad on the farm, spent lots of time at the cayes fishing and swimming, and time in Burrell Boom with his beloved aunt Orma and cousins. Wayne and his siblings Bev, Mark and Winston enjoyed life together in the valley and were very creative in having fun. Wayne loved his parents and had a special connection with them.

Wayne migrated to Los Angeles , California in 1978 to study at Whittier College. During that time he was nurtured by his Aunt Joan and became best friends with Owen Pascacio, now deceased. Wayne also developed a close bond with his brother, Floyd Jr. in his early Los Angeles years. He was a member of Sachsen Society and developed a passion for playing tennis in his free time. Wayne earned a Bachelors in Math and Physics in 1982 and then returned to Belize to be a teacher at Anglican Cathedral College for two years. He lived with his grandmother Ada Wagner, and great-grand aunts. Wayne was very kind to them. He cooked, cut their nails and drove them around to do errands.  During the two years Wayne grew very close to his cousin Jerome and became buddies with Derek Aikman (both are now deceased). They spent many weekends playing music, going to parties, and having interesting conversations about their future. 

Wayne returned to Los Angeles in 1984 where he started working at Castelazo and remained there as the company merged into Tower Group and now, FedEx Trade Networks. During the years Wayne achieved many awards, certificates and outstanding achievements for a job well done as a licensed Customs Broker and a Certified Customs Specialist. One of his greatest career accomplishments included being appointed as the Chairman of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association. Wayne was well loved by his colleagues and known as an individual who always placed others’ interests before his own.

In 1990, Wayne married his beloved wife Larita Wade and over the next few years, Michael, Elizabeth, Wayne Jr, and Jason were children of a great union. Wayne loved his family,  they were always his number one priority. 

Many of Wayne’s vacation time was spent in Belize , fishing at Tobacco Caye and relaxing at his parents vacation house. He never missed an opportunity to fish,goal being to always catch and eat.  

Wayne had a heart of gold and epitomized humility, influence and meeting people where they were. Wayne’s behaviors always communicated his values and appreciation for others. His right attitude and belief system encouraged others to live to their greatest potential. 

Wayne’s untimely death (for us)on Monday, July 8, 2019 was a shock to his family and friends, but our God knew the exact day and time. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. He will be missed by all and a void is in our hearts that cannot be filled. Rest in peace, our beloved!