William M. WAGGAMAN Jr.
Age 26 Died in his St. Paul, MN home on September 12. A bright, handsome, and magnetic young man, Willie struggled gamely for six years with opioid addiction. He was living in a sober community at the time of his death. Willie is survived by his mother Daphne Geary of Sarasota, FL; his father William Sr. of Edgartown, MA; his sisters Christina of Alexandria, VA; and Natalie of Waltham, MA. A comic book enthusiast, Willie will forever be his sisters' Superman. Born in Greenwich, CT, Willie was raised in Norwalk and Wilton CT. He attended Greens Farms Academy in Westport CT, Westminster School in Simsbury CT, and Tulane University. Willie loved football, comic books, Pokémon Go, the New York Jets and the New York Rangers. He favored nice, thick steaks and Sour Patch candy. Wherever he went, Willie made legions of friends. He had a huge heart, made others laugh, and most importantly, he saw the good in everyone he met. To recognize this extraordinary, sensitive young man, and to help fight the nationwide opiate abuse epidemic, Willie's family suggests donations be made to The Retreat, 1221 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, MN 55391. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford CT.



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Published by Pioneer Press from Sep. 14 to Sep. 21, 2016.
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Please accept my condolences on the anniversary of Willies passing. I still have fond memories of all the Waggaman children and their parents when I taught at GFA. After30 years of teaching at this wonderful school? I have retired. My prayers for continued healing go to his parents and to Christina and Natalie.
Rose Ann Martinez
Teacher
September 8, 2019
To Will's dad: I'm so sorry to learn this news. We worked together at Evian many years ago (1994-97)
May memories hold you and keep you while you endure this difficult time.
Our condolences,
Marianne (Stillwaggon) Grenier & Greg Grenier
October 23, 2017
Thinking of you always.
Taylor Handke
December 25, 2016
So sorry for your loss, Daphne. You have an incredible guardian angel. I'm here if you need me!
Brette Egan
October 4, 2016
Love you William
Heather Langheim
September 26, 2016
It's taken me a while to come out and say something for Will, because his loss was truthfully crushing. I was able to meet and get to know will a little bit in May, when he and my boyfriend Chad became good friends up in Center City. He was a wonderful guy, and he always seemed to happy despite what he was going through -- a struggle that all addicts go through.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your journey through this loss and through the grief.
Michelle Jugovich
September 23, 2016
It is with great sadness that I learned of Will's recent passing. My heart goes out to his parents and his sisters especially, and all who will miss his kind and caring nature. He fought a difficult, formidable challenger and was able, no doubt, to leave his indelible mark and keen sense of humor on many friends, colleagues and family....my condolences to you all at this most difficult time. Rest in peace, dear Will, from a member of your GFA family.
Nancy McTague-Stock
September 22, 2016
Very sorry to read about William. Our thoughts are with your family.
Peter Stein
September 21, 2016
RIP Will.....you are missed!
Sharon Davis
September 20, 2016
To Christina and the entire Waggaman family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Willie. May your wonderful memories of him console you during this difficult time. What a handsome and kind young man.
Amy Smith
September 20, 2016
I never knew will but I am a nurse who works in a rehab in Malibu and it with a sad heart I read of Willies untimely passing.

Will,

You are and always be a hero to many, Take your wings and fly. A caterpillar turned into butterfly....... May you finally be at peace.

Love and prayers to your family and friends.
September 20, 2016
Will was my son. I miss him with all my heart.

Thanks to those good friends who have responded here.
William Waggaman
September 20, 2016
I only met Will a few times through my daughter Shelby. I wish I would have had the opportunity to get to know him better. He seemed like a really friendly, fun person and his physical life has ended way too soon. May God lift you up in prayer.You will be missed Will!
Sharon Davis
September 17, 2016
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I met your son in Naples FL in 2012. It was a tough time for all of us and Will kept things light and funny. He shared stories of his family and how much he loved his mother and father. He told the funniest story about his friend named Michael and his mother telling at the boys. I still tell this story to this day, my kids know the story, and it makes us laugh to this day. He had a bright light and I'm grateful I spent some time in it. God bless you all.
Elizabeth Long
September 16, 2016
Will had a great heart and was such an amazing person. I am saddened deeply by his death, and offer my deepest condolences to his family.
Jamie Nelson
September 16, 2016
In this time of deep sorrow, inviting peace and strength to meet the days to come. . . . A prayer for your son William from the BCP: Oh God, whose beloved son took children into his arms and bless them: give us grace to entrust William to your never failing care and love. . . . Amen
Valerie Minton Webster
September 15, 2016
I am sadden by the unexpected passing of Willie Waggaman, Jr.. He was a student in my 5th grade class at Greens Farms Academy. My condolences go out to his parents and his two sisters, Christina and Natalie, who were also in my 5th grade classes.
My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Love,
Rose Ann Martinez
Rose Ann Martinez
September 15, 2016
My son had grown fairly close to Will in early 2016 and thought the world of him. He was kind and outgoing and a leader of sorts. He made a great impression on Bo's dad as well. Bo was able to visit the Ronald McDonald House with your son while he was in the St. Paul area. That meant so much to me that Will not only reached out to my son but others in need. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Julie Stewart
September 15, 2016
WIll was an amazing spirit and I am at a lose on how to move on without him.
September 14, 2016
Nathan Katkov
September 14, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. My son, Matt, became great friends Will. He found someone he enjoyed working out with, someone he could enjoy sushi with. They even took in a Vikings Game at the new US Bank Stadium. Will was very much loved by his St Paul community and they are grieving his loss. Our love and prayers go out to the entire Waggaman Family.
Lynn Christianson
September 14, 2016