We are deeply saddened to share that our friend and Brother , Richard (Rich) Wagner, has passed away. Rich was 39 years old.
Rich served as Union President for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Local 1211. In addition to this role he worked as Quality Inspector at Parker LORD Erie Pa.
Brother Richard was a true unionist and did a yeoman’s job and was a loyal employee of lord which he believed in strong work ethics and the opportunity of prosperity for all in members of the union and future of Lord.
He believed in his personal family first and foremost , also in the union and company.
Rich helped everyone and did this as a priority. He believed in doing the right thing, always.
He will always be remembered for all he did.
Perhaps one of Rich’s greatest strengths was his role as a father. He fiercely loved his daughters and spoke of them with much joy. Our thoughts and condolences are with Rich’s daughters, Raygn and Jaida, his parents, This is a sudden and significant loss for all of us. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Richard J. Wagner age 39, of Millcreek passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his residence.
He was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 1, 1980, a son of Richard G. and Melody A. Drinkwater Wagner of Millcreek.
Richard graduated from McDowell High School in 1998 and attended Edinboro University.
He worked at Lord Corporation where he served as Union President.
He was very active in Erie Youth Hockey and continued playing into adulthood. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and especially loved spending time with his daughters.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Mary Wagner and Major Jim and Catherine Drinkwater.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Jaida Rodgers and Raygan Wagner; five siblings, twin sister Jacqueline Williams (Greg) of Pittsburgh, Nachelle McGuigan (John) of Northeast, and Cody Wagner, Robert Wagner and Bryce Wagner, all of Erie. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Lord Corporation and the employees for the outreach and support they have received.