Cohasset: Town Rallies Around a Community Leader Battling Cancer

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WATD’s Erin Dale Interviews Tom “Wiggy” Wigmore

In a sea of red, white and blue, there’s a Star Spangled-slogan that stands out from the crowd gathering at Cohasset’s Veterans Memorial by the harbor – and it’s become a community’s rally cry: “Wiggy Strong.”

“Wiggy” is the nickname of Cohasset’s Sons of the American Legion commander Tom Wigmore, who has spearheaded the town’s veterans events for years, including the Healing Field, which this year features over 700 American flags in a brilliant display by the harbor. Tom said it is getting bigger and bigger every year.

But this year, Tom was diagnosed with cancer – and the rest of the community stepped up, said his wife, Deirdre, who heads up the American Legion Auxiliary.

“Everybody has pulled out for Wiggy and it’s definitely a ‘Wiggy Strong’ year,” she said after Monday’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony, which the town dedicated to Tom this year. Deirdre added, emotionally, “I thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and everything. It’s been a great year.”

Tom is determined to overcome his illness.

“I’m fighting a battle with cancer, but everybody has come out for me and they’ve been raising money for me. The whole town has come forward for me, and I’ll beat the cancer,” Tom said.

The legion commander continues to draw strength from the community’s support.

“It’s this town that brings the good out in everybody.”

Deirdre hasn’t given up, either. She addressed the crowd gathered around the Veterans Memorial by the harbor, “We will be ‘Wiggy Strong,’ and we’ll be here next year, and the year after, and the year after.”

 

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“Taps” performed at Cohasset Memorial Day Dedication

 

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Four Gun Salute on Cohasset Harbor

 

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Photos by Mariel Reed


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About Erin Dale

Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.