July 19, 1925 – Nov. 13, 2013
Harry Charles "Coach" Wigmore Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on the morning of Nov. 13, 2013, at his home, which has been with his son, John and family for the past five years. Harry was born July 19, 1925, in Ridley Park, Pa., to Harry Charles Wigmore Sr. and Kathryn Eugenia Jones. He had one older sister, Anita Marie Basnight. After The Great Depression, the family moved to Norfolk, Va. Growing up on the coast fostered a love of the ocean and ships. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as a LTJG and later in Naval intelligence and was a life member of The U.S. Naval Institute. Harry graduated from Elon College from which he received a football and baseball scholarship. It was there that he met and married Peggy Anne Davis from High Point. Soon after, Naval Intelligence transferred Harry and Peg to Jacksonville. With his growing family of three sons, he chose to leave the military and spend his life coaching and teaching children. "Coach" taught and mentored many children for years at Northwoods Park Jr. High School. Most will remember having to "bow to" the dolphin on the gym floor. Coach Wigmore always made sure his team had a meal and a ride home. He influenced many young lives and continued to do so for many years later. He retired from teaching in 1990. But that was just the closing of one door while another opened. His love of people and animals took him to a new life of volunteerism. He spent most of his time between the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, The Coastal Federation, and the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. He received The Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2001. During this time he continued to touch many lives and made so many friends along the way. His passion for the coast and sea life was always evident.
Harry had a brief stay at Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, Assisted Living. He entertained everyone with his collection of music CDs which he played each night. And of course, told lots of great stories.
The last five years of his life were spent living in Raleigh with his son, John, and wife Cathy. He enjoyed being a part of his grandchildren's life and was very proud of them. He also had lots of animals to love while there. Although life had slowed down, he continued to tell us his stories and opinions!
Harry is predeceased by his wife, Peggy, who passed away in 1988.
He leaves behind a son, Harry Charles Wigmore III and wife Nancy, John Davis Wigmore and wife Cathy, and two beloved grandchildren, Hannah and Kyle, and Andrew Kent Wigmore and wife Meghan. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
If you would like to contribute to a memorial fund in honor of him, you can mail that contribution to either, North Carolina Coastal Federation, 3609 NC 24, Newport, NC, 28570 or N.C. Aquarium Society, 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Suite 160, Raleigh, NC 27604.
His ashes will be scattered at sea.