Philip B. Wagner

Philip B. Wagner

January 22, 1930 - August 03, 2016

Philip B. Wagner

January 22, 1930 - August 03, 2016


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.

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4 responses to Philip B. Wagner

  1. teri farrell says:

    my whole growing up was the farrell-bensen circle and one of the main players was phil. always there.the mainstay of all. a good man of great faith. my heart huerts for all of u. but so glad god gave hime to us. mylife was better knowing him. love u

  2. Our sincere condolences to all in the family. He was our Dad and Mom’s (John and Amelia Talbot’s) attorney and friend for many years. From Amelia Talbot Herrmann and John E. Talbot.

  3. Lit a candle in memory of Philip B. Wagner

  4. Was watching a memorial day movie today with my husband &saw a secretary using old fashioned shorthand. It made me think of my first job working for Attorney Philip Wagner. So I googled his name& sadly saw his obituary. I was a senior in high school at St. Bernardines in San Bernardino (1971).
    I knew he was an alumni& that he gave opportunity for part-time student training. I loved that job& all those who worked there. I will always be grateful for that 1st job opportunity!….i was 18& now 65 living in Oregon, an advocate for disabled& activist for caregivers.
    I will always remember the professionalism & mentorship of Philip Wagner’s law firm that helped shape my future interests.He was a great boss and undoubltedly missed by many.

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