portrait picture for Anthony Alan Wiggins

Wake:Wednesday, June 6th, from 4 to 7pm, at Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Thursday, June 7th, at 10:00 am at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Wiggins name to the Rosemary and Anthony Wiggins Scholarship Fund at the College of St. Thomas. Those living in Wilton, CT may also consider overtipping their servers at Orem’s Diner, where Tony was a regular.

Anthony Alan Wiggins

October, 22nd, 1931 ~ June 1, 2018

Tony Wiggins passed peacefully Friday, June 1st at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding, CT surrounded by his loving wife of 64 years, his children and grandchildren.

Anthony Alan Wiggins was born October, 22nd, 1931 in West Palm Beach, Fl to Alan Gates Wiggins (Pete) and Mary (Summers) Wiggins. He spent his childhood in Duluth, MN. After graduating from Cathedral High School in Duluth in 1949, Mr. Wiggins attended St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN where he graduated in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He excelled in football and hockey in both high school and college. Upon graduation from college he was invited to play in Edmonton for the Detroit Red Wings farm team, but was unable to follow that path due to his ROTC commitment to serve in the Air Force.

Mr. Wiggins served in the Air Force during the Korean War where he was stationed in Rabat, Morocco.

He was married in 1954 to Rosemary (Ford) Wiggins who survives him. Mr. Wiggins began his career in sales at IBM in Minneapolis, MN where he worked from 1954 to 1964. That year he moved his family to Austin, MN where he started Austin Office Supply, a company he owned and operated that became an iconic fixture in the small midwestern town.

In 1974, the family moved to Cleveland, OH where Mr. Wiggins took a job with Data Graphics, Inc. In 1991, Mr. Wiggins moved with his wife to Connecticut and joined Oxford Health Plans, a company initially funded by Tony and started by his son, Stephen Wiggins. At Oxford, he was a wise mentor in the sales organization and later took charge of Community Relations for Oxford’s Medicaid programs in the boroughs of New York City. His advocacy led to the creation of multi-specialty clinics in medically underserved neighborhoods of New York City for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Mr. Wiggins came from a musical family and loved to sing. Blessed with a rich, baritone voice, he sang in choirs throughout his life and passed his love of music on to his children and grandchildren.

A deeply spiritual man and devout Catholic, Mr. Wiggins helped found the Connecticut chapter of Voice of the Faithful, an organization that promotes reform within the Catholic Church. A voracious reader with a head for facts and figures, Mr. Wiggins could humbly wax eloquent on topics ranging from philosophy to world history to sports. He loved lively discussions that pondered the big questions of life. Those conversations were always graced with his wry sense of humor. Mr. Wiggins was active in many civic organizations and strongly supported environmentally friendly causes.

Mr. Wiggins also created the Rosemary and Anthony Wiggins Scholarship Fund at St. Thomas College, which provides scholarships intended to promote diversity in the student body and to offset the cost of college for minority candidates with financial need.

An avid golfer who discovered his gift as a teenager, Mr. Wiggins boasted three holes-in-one. He won multiple championships at his home clubs over the years, including Northland Country Club and Austin Country Club in Minnesota, and at Rolling Hills in Wilton, CT. Upon his passing, at 86, Tony is still the reigning Super Senior Club Champion at Rolling Hills. Many friends and family members will always cherish their memories of hours spent on the golf course with their friend, Grandfather, Uncle and Dad.

Everyone who knew Mr. Wiggins will miss his notes, words and acts of kindness always delivered when they were needed the most.

Mr. Wiggins is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Mary Ann Bieber, Petra Corson and Florence Paulet. In addition to his wife, Rosie, the love of his life, he is survived by a sister, Midge (Joel) Kerlan of Geneva, NY, two sons, Stephen (Melissa) Wiggins of Darien, CT, Peter Wiggins of Stamford, CT, five daughters, Diana Taylor (Jay) of San Francisco, CA, Mary Tuttle (Jeff) of Rhinebeck, NY, Casey Berg (Chuck) of Westport, CT, Maggie Cannon (Jim) of Wilton, CT and Molly Delaney (Billy) of Monroe, CT.

Mr. Wiggins leaves behind seventeen grandchildren who will dearly miss his gentle guidance, kind wisdom, and perpetual need for a caddy: Johnny, Ben and Beau Hallman, Matt, Charlie and Rosie Wiggins, Joe, Peter and Hannah Berg, Tommy and Julia Wiggins, Colin, Brendan, Vinnie and Molly Cannon, Milly and Anna Delaney.
Five great grandchildren: Tristan, William and James Hallman, Charlotte Wiggins, baby Berg due in August, and seven step-grandchildren.

The family will hold a viewing on Wednesday, June 6th, from 4 to 7pm, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 7th, at 10:00 am at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Wiggins name to the Rosemary and Anthony Wiggins Scholarship Fund at the College of St. Thomas. Those living in Wilton, CT may also consider overtipping their servers at Orem’s Diner, where Tony was a regular.

  1. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers. Keith Downey

    June 3, 2018
    Keith Downey -
  • My deepest sympathies to your family. You are in my prayers.

    June 3, 2018
    Keith Downey -
  • Tony will be missed from our Early Bird Golf Group (Bellview Biltmore Golf Club) . . . .

    June 3, 2018
    Barry L Capen -
  • A true gentleman. Love and prayers to the Wiggins family. The Wagners are blessed to call you our friends.

    June 4, 2018
    Liz Wagner -
  • Condolences to Tony’s family. Tony made the day brighter and kinder just playing golf with him. A gentleman in every sense of the word.

    June 4, 2018
    Lola Ronckovsky and Dick Ronckosky -
  • So very saddened to learn of Tony’s passing. Such a wonderful man who I am grateful to have known. Heartfelt prayers to Rosie & the family.
    Amy Spencer

    June 4, 2018
    Amy Spencer -
  • My sympathies and prayers are with you Maggie and your entire family. God comfort, bless, and keep you all close to Him.

    June 4, 2018
    Diane Reuter -
  • A sad day here in Florida knowing that our Earlybird friend Tony has departed this earth. Tony was such an encourager and full of life. I was truly blessed to have known him. But it is a joyous day in heaven as Jesus welcomes Tony home! Prayers and blessings to the family!

    June 4, 2018
    John Hayes -
  • Sincere condolences to your family for your loss, I will keep in my thoughts and prayers.

    June 4, 2018
    Ken Berry -
  • I so adored you Uncle Tony. Your charm, sensitivity and wisdom have been a lifelong inspiration to me. We all yearn to make an impact on the world while we’re here – and yours touched so many so profoundly. I will miss your infectious warmth and compassion. Thank you for your guidance. I am your namesake of the Paulet clan – and you have always resided lovingly and prominently in my heart where you will remain for the rest of my days. Rest In Peace my dear Uncle. The world has been graced for having had you in it.

    June 4, 2018
    Joseph Anthony Paulet -
  • For those who don’t know me, my name is Johnny and I am Tony’s grandson. When my grandfather passed away last week I knew that I had to say a few words about him. I loved to visit my grandfather and him and I were very close. I would go to his house and sit around for hours listening to his stories. I will always cherish those club championships I caddied for him and him teaching me the game of golf. Whenever I see a golfer look up before striking a golf ball I always think about Grampa Tony standing across from me holding my hair so I wouldn’t look up too soon : ) I could always count on him to help me with any problems I had and to give me great advice. My grandfather was a great friend to me. I respected him greatly and cherished all the time we spent together. He will be missed greatly by my family and I.

    June 4, 2018
    Johnny Anthony Hallman -
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wiggins family. So very sorry for your loss.

    June 4, 2018
    Luz Pardo -
  • Thoughts and prayers for the Wiggins family in the loss of this wonderful patriarch who lived an amazing and giving life.

    June 4, 2018
    Stephanie Doski -
  • What a wonderful man and legacy. I see Mr Wiggins in each of his blessed children. Praying for you all.

    June 5, 2018
    mary hansel parlin -
  • I am sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved father. He certainly touched so many lives.

    June 5, 2018
    Robin Spande -
  • Prayers for all of you as you mourn the loss of a truly wonderful and beloved man. Cherish the legacy he leaves behind, which is immense.

    June 5, 2018
    Henry and Tawnya Fabian -
  • Just saw this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God blessMy extra love goes to my friend Maggie and her family. I miss and love you all.
    Liz Polley

    June 6, 2018
    Liz Polley -
  • We met Tony and Rosie through their work with Voice of the Faithful, both in Bridgeport and at the national level. He was a delightful person, a joyful “warrior” in the effort to reform the Church, and a consistent, resolute contributor of his many talents to our organization and to many others. We will miss his smile, his funny stories, his thoughtful comments. May God bless and keep all of you and bring comfort in your sorrow.

    June 7, 2018
    Donna B. Doucette -
  • Oh Tony how you will be missed by all of us Duluthians. Can’t imagine how many people like myself, were touched by your wonderful
    personality, ability to listen and talents from Sports to Business and of course incediblile family role model. What a great man and friend. To Rosie and all the rest of the Wiggins our hearts are heavy for your loss but know that Tony will never be forgotten .

    June 8, 2018
    Bill "Butch" Daugherty DCHS 57 little brother of Bob DCHS 49 -
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