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William C. Wigton

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William C. Wigton, 95, of Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Monday, February 6, 2017. He was the husband of the late Gladys E. (Most) Wigton who died in 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Darlene C. Wigton of Woburn. Born in Albany, NY, and raised in Millbury and Melrose, he was the son of the late William F., and the late Beulah (Casner) Wigton. After graduating from Melrose High School, William enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in WWII with the Seabees in the Pacific Theatre, including Midway and Okinawa. After earning his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, William worked for 16 years as a Hoisting Engineer in the construction industry, and worked on many local projects, including the excavation of Route 128 and demolition of the Beggs and Cobb Tannery. While working in construction, William took night classes in electronics. He left the construction industry and began working as an electronics technician for Northrup Electronics in Norwood. Later, at RCA in Burlington, he worked in the environmental laboratory testing components used in NASAs Lunar Landing Module, which landed on the moon in 1969. William retired from Teledyne-Philbrick Corporation in 1986, but continued working as a consultant, designing circuit boards on his computer. William was an Amateur Radio operator, and enjoyed photography. He loved read- ing history and science fiction, and he was a fan of traditional music, from Celtic to Bluegrass | although he could not play an instrument. As a hard ware guy he embraced computer technology and was eq- ually happy soldering more memory or drives into his early pc as he was crawling under his large, old model cars to repair them. In 1974, with the Bicentennial approaching, William followed his interest in history by becoming a reenactor. He joined the Sudbury Militia and volunteered as a living history interpreter at the Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, but his favorite role was playing a Loyalist gentleman with the British 10th Regiment of Foot, and he was proud to be a lifetime honorary member of the Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Association. William loved animals, especially cats, and advocated for their humane treatment. Along with his wife Gladys, and daughter Darlene, he helped rescue, adopt, and care for many abandoned cats throughout the years and appreciated the company of his feline companions. A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, February 17 at 10:00 am, followed by burial with military honors at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Williams memory may be made to the Woburn Feral Cat Coalition, P.O. Box 3127, Woburn, MA 01888-2027.
Published in The Tewksbury Advocate from Feb. 14 to Feb. 23, 2017
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