A private memorial service will be held at a future date for John Philip Wiggin, 92, who died Feb. 26 at Woodstock Terrace where he had resided since 2009.
Jack was born April 20, 1921 in New York City, son of Herbert E. Wiggin and Georgia Dewey Kennedy.
He graduated from the Clark School in Hanover, N.H. and then Rutgers University in 1946, college having been interrupted by World War II in which he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps and Army of Occupation in the Philippines at Clark Field Air Base.
At Rutgers, he met and married Douglas College student Barbara Murphy and they were married 68 years until her passing in 2011.
Following his formal education and the war years, Jack’s career was with National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). It had his family always moving to new locations about the country and to Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan—these in managing new bakeries (Biscuit Belin and Yamazaki Nabisco) that were constructed or acquired. While in Japan he was president of the board of the American School in Japan, president of the American Chamber of Commerce and, for a short time before being transferred back to the U.S., the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Through all the moves and years, home was also grounded at an old family homestead referred to as “The Farm” in the Jericho District of Norwich. This was the place where feelings ran deepest. It remains in the family now for over 150 years.
Jack and Barbara are survived by three children and their spouses: John and Judy Wiggin of Norwich, Deborah Wiggin Neff of Wilmington, Del., and Roger and Ellen Wiggin of Englewood, Colo. They have six grandchildren (Adam, Abby, Adrienne, Garrett, Alec and Kayla) and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Wiggin Bellis, and brother-in-law David Demarast Bellis.
Jack’s family gratefully thanks the staff at Woodstock Terrace and Bayada Hospice for their care and compassion. Condolences may be sent to John and Judy Wiggin at 592 Sugartop Road, White River Jct., 05001.
This obituary first appeared in the March 6, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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