Philip Burton Wagner, born on January 22, 1930 in Riverside CA, passed in his sleep on August 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife Cathy of 54 years; his daughters Maria Chappelear (Duke) and Sheila Lynch (Marty); his son Burton (Veronique); 5 grandchildren; his sister Maureen Earl; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded into death by his second daughter, Karen Anne.
He was raised in San Bernardino, graduated from St. Bernadine’s high school and then Loyola University (now Loyola Marymount) in 1952. He served in the Korean War as an Air Force Captain, and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1957 upon his return. He had a successful law practice in San Bernardino for 38 years. He “retired” to San Clemente and then preceded to work 20 additional years as the Plant Facilitator for St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Parish.
He had many accomplishments beyond his law practice and family, including President of Catholic Social Services in San Bernardino, President of Legal Aid, President of Parish Council at St. Anne’s in San Bernardino, Aquinas’ High School’s scholarship fund, President of Shamrock Club in San Bernardino and was active in Rotary of San Bernardino and San Clemente, including serving as the president of San Clemente Rotary.
He enjoyed researching his Irish family history, football (especially the Rams before they moved), Indy car racing, doing crossword puzzles and reading the newspaper. He was an avid family movie maker starting his movie making career with an 8 millimeter and graduating to using his IPhone 5.
He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.