Former Saskatchewan Roughriders’ president Fred Wagman has passed away

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Fred Wagman, who served as the president of the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, has passed away at the age of 86.

The club released the following statement regarding Wagman’s death.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are deeply saddened by the passing of former Roughriders President Fred Wagman on Tuesday.

Fred ushered the Club through one of its darkest hours. In 1996, when the Roughriders could have folded under a financial crisis, it was Fred who rallied Rider Nation and helped organize the telethon that saved our team. The next year, the club went all the way to the Grey Cup.

We are all thankful to have known Fred’s friendly demeanour alongside the endless hard work and dedication he showed as the volunteer president of our team and a member of the board. And while Fred’s contributions to the club were innumerable, he was first an ardent fan. It was a passion that never wavered even decades after he left the Roughriders’ administration.

On behalf of Rider Nation, we send our condolences to his family, including his children Lisa and Troy, his many friends and all those fortunate enough to know him.

Thank you, Fred. You will be missed.