Dateline: Clifton Park, NY
Donald E. “Don” Wagar Jr., age 68, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born on October 22, 1953, in Troy, NY and was the son of the late Donald E. Sr. and Ethel S. (Bott) Wagar.
After graduating from Mohonasen High School, Don earned an associate degree in management and later embarked on his thriving career as a Price Chopper manager, centered in Glenville, NY. Don met his future wife Holly while they were both in the fourth grade, and the two remained inseparable soulmates. They were finally joined in matrimony in 1973.
Donald was known as an avid outdoorsman and fitness guru, especially enjoying camping, fishing, jogging, and biking. While at Mohonasen, Don shined as a star soccer player, earning the nickname “The Mighty Toe.” Once he was blessed with grandchildren, Don shared a special bond with them through “Poppy-isms”, card games, and board games. Everyone knew Don for his sense of humor, always quick with the perfect joke to spark a room full of laughter.
Donald is survived by his adored wife Holly M. (Pietrosanto) Wagar; his loving children Dawn (Brian) Gardner, Nancy (Doug) Pirigyi, his wonderful grandchildren Alex (Gabby) Gardner, Ryan Gardner, Nathan Pirigyi, Jessie Pirigyi; his sister Cheryl (Bob) Smith and his brothers-in-law Thomas (Molly) Pietrosanto, Mark (Susan) Pietrosanto and Jeff (Jamie) Pietrosanto, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his brother Scott Wagar.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call on September 17, 2022, from 4:00-6:00pm, at Burnt Hills United Methodist Church, 816 NY-50, Burnt Hills, NY.
A Celebration of Life to honor Don will follow at 6:00pm.
Don generously donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the community hospice of Saratoga County, especially Julie, Colleen, Jerri, and Chaplain Brian for their wonderful care of Donald.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, 533 West Uwchlan Ave, Downington, PA 19335; Hospice of Saratoga County, 179 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; or FD/MAS Alliance, PO Box 1199, 4701 Sangamore Rd Ste | 100N, Bethesda, MD 20816-2558.