Ronald A. Wagenheim (“Ronnie/Wags”) died on July 9, 2021 after leading a very rich life surrounded by his loving family and deep connections with people throughout the entire community and beyond.
Ronnie was born on June 21, 1943 in Atlantic City, NJ to his parents, Harry and Helen Wagenheim. Before leaving for college, Ronnie spent his days on the local baseball fields, dancing on the Steel Pier, and working long days at Wagenheim Meats. Ronnie graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1965, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami Law School in 1968, and his LL.M in Taxation from New York University in 1970. He returned to his Atlantic CIty roots in 1973 to begin his professional life with the Cooper Perskie Law firm, which spanned over four decades.
Ronnie, a man of great character, empathy, and fun, lived by example and fulfilled his father’s favorite proverb — “A good name is beyond all riches.” Ronnie was the source and teller of boundless funny stories. Family, friends, and strangers alike were drawn to him because of the immediate and meaningful connections he created. While Ronnie was well known for his incredible sense of humor and cackling laughter, he was also a quietly compassionate mentor who changed the course of many people’s lives for the better through his unbounding generosity and mentorship on the Margate baseball fields, squash courts, and in professional settings as well as more discreetly with his family and friends.
Ronnie will be deeply missed by his loving wife Laurie; sister Janet (Mark) Mangel; children Michael (Kristy) Wagenheim, Lisa Wagenheim, Jamie (Kevin) Walker, and Ryan (Jess) Fraser; grandchildren Zach and Alex Wagenheim, Theo and Ivy Walker, Iva and Lilian Fraser, and Sonny and Laurel Fraser; and countless friends who consider him family.
The family will hold a short graveside ceremony at Emeth Shalom Cemetery at 2:00pm on July 15, 2021. A celebration of Ronnie’s life will follow at 4:00pm at the Linwood Country Club.
A lifelong enthusiast of games of chance, all markers are being called in at this time (you know who you are). :) In lieu of flowers, please donate to support Amyloidosis Research by sending a check to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Attention: Andrew Deal, Development Office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Squashbusters (squashbusters.org).