Eugene Waggaman Jr.

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Waggaman, Jr, Eugene
Eugene Sauvé Waggaman, Jr., 95, of Old Greenwich, died peacefully at home on October 22, 2012 after a rich life blessed with the love of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He has joined Nancy, his wife of 58 years who predeceased him in 2007, and together they continue to live in the hearts, minds, and souls of their extensive family. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and White Plains, New York and educated at Dartmouth College, Gene served his country as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy during the Second World War. Filled with a lifetime of memories of a happy childhood in a strong and loving family and stories of the war destined to become oft-repeated, Gene's life truly began when he met and fell in love with a beautiful young fashion buyer for a major department store in New York. Gene and Nancy married in 1949 and soon settled in Old Greenwich. There they raised six children in a lively and loving home where Gene lived for the rest of his long life. Gene enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the magazine industry, primarily as General Manager of Motor Boating and Sailing and Marketing Director for Newsweek. As successful as Gene was in his professional endeavors, his priority was always his family, a value he instilled in his children that is continuing to be passed down from one generation to the next. His progeny also inherited, in varying degrees, Gene's wicked sense of humor and penchant for one-liners and puns, a value perhaps less treasured by family members unrelated by blood. Gene, a long-time member of the New York Yacht Club and the Rocky Point Club, was also very active in the Greenwich community, including many years as a stage actor for Connecticut Playmakers. While his roles were numerous and varied, his family remembers with special fondness his performance in such comedies as The Nutty Professor, where his inner ham was allowed to shine. His wit was shared with a wider audience through his regular column for seniors in the Greenwich Time, as well as through his years of service as an escort at Greenwich Hospital, which was, as he fondly characterized it, the only job where he was encouraged to push people around. More recently, Gene served as President and board member of the Retired Men's Association, where he cherished the companionship of his many Wednesday morning friends. In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by his brothers Dickie, Alan, and Donald, and his sister Barbara. He is survived by his sisters Jane Gambel and Betty Tucker, by his children Susan Carter, Debbie LaHines and her husband John, Gene (III) Waggaman and his wife Carol, Jeff Waggaman, Doug Waggaman and his wife Lorene, and Laura Cubanski and her husband Jim, as well as by his grandchildren Emily Kingman and her husband Chris, Madeleine Carter, Chris Baker and his wife Debbie, Craig Baker and his wife Jessica, Courtney Carey and her husband Ryan, Lindsey Waggaman, Gene (IV) Waggaman and his wife Jamie, and Beth, Leah and Trina Cubanski, and his great grandchildren, Kirra and Tristan Baker and Cody, Casey, and Luke Baker. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 at Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27 at St. Clement of Rome Church, 535 Fairfield Avenue in Stamford. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenwich, CT. Gene was a strong supporter of throughout Nancy's long illness and thereafter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gene's memory to or to the . is located at 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. If you wish to leave an online condolence, please visit


Published in StamfordAdvocate from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2012
Eugene S. Waggaman
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