Selectmen remember “Doc” Wagner, renew five licenses and transfer one

By Matthew Robare


The Saugus Board of Selectmen had a moment of silence for Dr. Frederick “Doc” Wagner, one of the most public spirited citizens in Saugus, who died Saturday at the age of 97. At the time of his death he was serving as chairman of the Board of Assessors and had been a member of that body for some 30 years, but in his long years of service to the community he had also served on the Board of Selectmen.

“He had a great life,” Castinetti said. “He was a great guy and he’ll be missed by a lot of people, including me.”

“I’ve known him for years,” said Michael Serino, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “He was a good guy.”

“We would have such conversations about politics of the old times as well as the new,” Deputy Assessor Ron Keohan wrote in an e-mail. “He was a very wise man and I was honored to have known him and call him my friend. The Saugus Board of Assessors has lost a truly dedicated man.”

Castinetti said that the services are private but there will be a memorial service in the future and “He was an absolute gentleman.”

“Doc never ceased to amaze me,” Keohan said. “May you rest in peace, Doc. Thank you for all you have done, and for your friendship.”

“Doc Wagner was a fixture in the mornings at Hammersmith Restaurant,” Castinetti said. “I had coffee in the mornings with him for 13 years. He was always the center of attention. He had a long, long career of volunteerism in Saugus. He was an optometrist full time, and when he retired he was the oldest practicing optometrist in Massachusetts. He always had a smile [and] always had something good to say about people.” He added, “He was very well respected in private and public life.”

Wagner was on the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Optometry from 1959 to 1985.

The Board approved a transfer of a package store license from L & D Liquor and Convenience at 124 Broadway to North Shore Liquors at 180 Main Street, according to Vice Chairman Stephen Castinetti. They also referred Sully C’s request to host poker games as part of the Eastern Poker Tour to Town Counsel John Vasapoli.

“It’s a group that comes in and sets up a poker match,” Castinetti said. “It’s just a way to bring more business to a bar; it’s not a gambling operation.”

J and M Subs, LA Fitness, Workout World, Panera Bread, and 7-11 had their licenses renewed and Pro Collision, which had been having landlord trouble, filed a payment plan for their back taxes.

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