John L. Wagner, age 77

of Hanson

John L. Wagner, age 77

John L. Wagner, age 77, of Hanson, formerly a longtime resident of Hingham, died suddenly, Friday, December 23, 2022 at South Shore Hospital, in the comfort of his loving family.

John was born in Boston, to the late Joseph L. and Margaret (Bangs) Wagner. He was raised in Mission Hill. John lived in Hanson for the past eight years, previously in Hingham for forty-nine years.

John was the well-known owner and operator of the former Old Ship Antiques in South Hingham. He was an antique dealer for over thirty-five years.

John loved refinishing antiques, carpentry, and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed the beach and swimming, and was a talented cook. His favorite vacations were to Florida and New Hampshire with family and friends.

Most of all, John was devoted to his family, especially his cherished grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-one years of Helen L. (Doody) Wagner.

Devoted father of Joseph L. Wagner and his wife Jennifer of Pembroke, Rosemary T. Mancuso and her husband Joseph of Weymouth, and the late Julia D. Wagner.

Loving grandfather of Stephen Azar, Ryan and Dylan Wagner, Joseph Mancuso IV and Alyssa Mancuso.

One of nine siblings, John was the dear twin brother of James Wagner of Weymouth, and brother of Mary Frances Doody of Chicago, Ill., David Wagner of Ariz., Joni Edenburn of Calif., and predeceased by Joseph, Jr., Bernard, Robert, and Richard Wagner.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, private graveside services were conducted at Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Hingham.


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  • Joni my big brother always remember his fried potatoes ❤ sending love prayers and peace for my brothers most beautiful devoted wife and to all REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER

  • To all of John’s family, relatives, and friends,

    May John rest in peace. We are so grateful that John has reunited with his BEAUTIFUL daughter Julia in heaven along with other close relatives too.

    We would like to mention John’s 35 years of sobriety!!!! That is something to be very proud of.

    I am honored to say that John still continues to bless people even after he has passed. We for-see many many many people getting help in the future. Johns honorable name and hard work of sobriety will ALWAYS LIVE ON!

    We love you John and respect your many years of service to AA.

  • Rose and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounded like an awesome guy, and I am sure he will be missed dearly. I do hope your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God be with you all at this time of need.

  • Rose and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort remembering all of the fun times you shared.
    -The Porter Family