Harold Hardy Wiggin, known fondly as “Tad” or “Uncle Haddy” to friends and family, died on Thursday, April 19, 2018, one day after his 90th birthday.
Harold was the youngest child born to Roscoe and Nellie Wiggin in Tamworth, N.H., in 1928 and attended local schools during the Great Depression. The family raised their own livestock and vegetables, a practice Harold continued his entire life. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the 279th Infantry Division in Japan during the Korean War.
Upon his return, he worked as a tractor-trailer driver, delivering lumber from yards in Carroll County to New York and Boston. He later began working as a lineman for the Seaward Construction Company, installing and repairing power lines throughout New England. He married his wife Marilyn in September of 1954 and they settled in their first home in Center Ossipee, N.H.
In the early 1960s, he was hired by the former Public Service Co. of New Hampshire as a lineman and was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This position resulted in the family moving to Bristol. Just a few years later he and Marilyn purchased their current home in South Alexandria.
Harold retired as a line supervisor from Public Service in 1985 when the company was reorganized. This gave him the opportunity to pursue endless projects around the house, including maintaining a large vegetable garden every year. He and his good friends “Bud” and Russell Lowell built a sap house and made maple syrup for many spring seasons. Harold was always busy, either with one of his own projects, or helping a friend or neighbor with theirs. Much of his time was spent at the nearby Robie and Walker farms, where he was very much in his element. He was highly active in the Pemigewasset Valley Snowmobile Club, serving as President and Trail Master for many years.
He was named Groomer of the Year by the NH Bureau of Trails for his dedication and hard work maintaining and grooming the local trail system. He was also very active in the Whittier Lions Club in West Ossipee, NH. The family spent many summers enjoying the camp on West Pond in Parsonsfield, Maine. Many good times were spent with friends and family, fishing on the pond, playing horseshoes, or hours of cribbage on the screened porch. One of Harold’s great joys was spending time with his family and many friends.
Harold was predeceased by his parents; and by three brothers, Philip, Richard and Kenneth; and his sister, Evelyn.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn (Mudgett) Wiggin; a son, Craig Wiggin and his wife, Nancy, of Meredith, N.H.; a daughter, Terri Wiggin Glines and her husband, Roger Glines, of Tilton, N.H.; a grandson, Corey Wiggin of Meredith; and granddaughter, Casey Wiggin of Washington D.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Harold’s request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating Harold’s life will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the Bristol United Church of Christ at 15 Church St. in Bristol, N.H.
A private graveside committal at the Chocorua Village Cemetery in Chocorua, N.H., will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to do so is encouraged to make a donation to a worthy veteran’s organization in Harold’s name.