John Matthew Wigglesworth (Jack) April 5, 1913 – March 11, 2013
Date posted: March 27, 2013
John Matthew Wigglesworth (Jack), 99, of Kent Island, MD, Chevy Chase, MD, and Sanibel, FL passed away on March 11, 2013. He was born on April 5, 1913 on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona, the son of Edna (Wright) and Albert Matthew Wigglesworth, MD and the brother of Eliot and Frank, all deceased. His sister, Suzanne, died in infancy. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years and the mother of his nine children Virginia (Ryan) Wigglesworth.
Mr. Wigglesworth was a graduate of Catholic University of America and a longtime supporter of the CUA alumni association. Jack spent the majority of his career working with the United States Government including assignments in Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. After returning from Taiwan, Jack worked as a travel agent and he and Virginia enjoyed many years of travel in the U.S. and abroad.
He is survived by his wife Jo Ann of Marshall, Missouri and nine children; Ann (Bill) Barbieri, Mike Wigglesworth, Patsy (Mike) Fissell, Paul (Ann) Wigglesworth, Elaine (Dennis) Dorsey, Judy (Joe) Sgroi, Albert “Doc” (Carol) Wigglesworth, Pierre (Karen) Wigglesworth, and John Wigglesworth, Jr. Jack is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was a great storyteller who loved recounting his early years on the Navajo Reservation where his dad was the first physician to serve the Native Americans in the early 1900s. He often traveled from the east to Durango, CO. to enjoy a ride on the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad, a project that his grandpa, Thomas Hudson Wigglesworth was chief engineer on. A man of many interests, Jack kept up with politics, read profusely and delved into Wigglesworth genealogy, spending many hours on research through the years. He loved to garden and grew a variety of flowers and vegetables, never missing an opportunity to teach his children about homegrown foods. A natural athlete, Jack played tennis well into his 80’s and always followed tennis matches on TV. He never wanted to miss watching his beloved Washington “Nats” baseball team. Jack was a member of the Oldest Inhabitants of Washington, D.C. and eagerly looked forward to their monthly luncheons. He was the eldest member of The Catholic University Alumni Senators Club. He took great pride in his Alma Mater.
Above all else Jack’s greatest joy was sharing time with his family and being active in their lives. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew this gentle and charming man.
Jack was fortunate to spend five and a half years of serenity while living on Cox Creek with his devoted caregivers, daughter Elaine and son-in-law Dennis Dorsey.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on April 6, 2013 at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Interment will follow immediately at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20906.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Indian School, 1 Lupton Rd. St. Michaels, AZ 86511 or the Hospice of Queen Anne’s, 255 Comet Dr., Centerville, MD 21617.