Big Jim Wagner, sergeant at arms of the Connecticut House, dies at 75

James R. Wagner, 75, who was sergeant at arms in the Connecticut House of Representatives for 22 years, died Monday of complications from bladder cancer.

Wagner served in the Marines and the National Guard and was a member of the Governor’s Foot Guard. He is survived by his longtime companion, Lynn England, a former employee of the Connectiut Republican Party.

Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home in Manchester. The funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Church of the Assumption in Manchester.