Biography: NATHAN P. WAGNER
ELBRIDGE- Nathan P. Wagner, 16, son of Rich and Beth Smith Wagner, Whistle Stop Lane, died Monday evening at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, following a difficult three-year battle with cancer.
Born in Syracuse on November 25, 2003, Nate was raised in Elbridge. At the time of his passing Nate was a junior at Jordan-Elbridge High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated with the lacrosse and basketball teams. An avid outdoorsman, Nate loved to fish, hunt, and downhill ski. Despite the years of difficult medical treatment, Nate was always determined to return to his beloved outdoor activities, to go to school, and be with his friends. He was smart, strong, curious, caring, and had a keen wit and sense of humor. With his infectious smile he was loved by so many.
Surviving besides his parents, Rich and Beth, are his two brothers, Zachary M. and Dale R. Wagner; his maternal grandfather, Mark J. Smith of Oneida Castle; his paternal grandparents, Mary Margaret Scanlon of Chittenango and Richard F. and Jean Wagner, Sr. of Cicero; his aunts and uncles, Scott and Sherri Smith of Oneida, Timothy Smith of Charlotte, NC, Missy and Larry Levesque of Newport, Lori and Marshall Patton of Honeoye Falls, Shari Clubine of Cicero, and Matt Wagner of Chittenango; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Sherry Smith.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Nate. Special thanks to Brooke Fraser, NP, and Melinda Smart, Nate’s academic tutor. These individuals forged a special bond with Nate and provided immeasurable support and love to us all as Nate courageously battled his disease.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Mass of Resurrection will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus. Interment will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Oneida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Nate’s memory to one of these organizations that help local families with a childhood cancer diagnosis: Griffin’s Guardians (griffinsguardians.org) and Jonathan Cancer Fund (jonathancancerfund.org). To leave words of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
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