Captain Lawrence S. Wigley, U.S. Navy (retired), passed away peacefully on September 25th surrounded by his family. He was a few days away from his 81st birthday. Captain Wigley had recently been a resident of Bedford, MA and was a longtime resident of Framingham and Ashland. Captain Wigley declined multiple Division 1 college basketball scholarships to enter the Naval Academy and was a graduate of the class of 1955. He played basketball for Navy for four years and was named team captain. He appeared in the 1954-55 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." Prior to entering the Naval Academy, he attended Wyoming Seminary and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Larry proudly served his country for 32 years commanding nuclear submarines. During his career, he served as Commanding Officer of the USS Holland AS-32 in the Holy Lock, Scotland, and Commanding Officer of the USS Tullibee. Captain Wigley was also a student and then professor at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. After retiring from the Navy, Captain Wigley entered the private sector as a nuclear engineer and vice president with Stone and Webster Engineering and then became an independent consultant for the energy industry. In retirement, Captain Wigley began work on his novel "Mission Complete," which was published in 2005. Predeceased by his loving wife, Shirley Anne Wigley, Captain Wigley leaves behind to cherish his memory, daughters Sharon Branam of Derry, NH, Cynthia Wagner and her husband Ken of Weston, MA,Wayne Hudson and his wife Allison of Dryfork, VA, grandchildren Aaron Reynolds, Miranda and Quinton Hudson, Justin, Greg and Lauren Wagner; brother William and his wife Corrine of Pawleys Island, SC, sister Carole and her husband Bill Willis of Hammontown, NJ. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined by the military. Friends and family may offer their condolences at the home of Ken and Cynthia Wagner, 26 Robin Road, Weston, MA on Sunday, October 6th between the hours of 1 and 8PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Captain Wigley's name to the GRECC Center (Research) at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Bedford Road, Bldg. 62AB, Bedford, MA 01730.
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Published in The Bedford Minutemen from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7, 2013