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Wigley family honors island conservationist

By Staff | Jan 14, 2015

Mike Wigley at the preserve named in his father’s honor. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Bob Wigley Preserve, a 27-acre parcel owned by the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, is comprised of three tracts: the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Tract, the John and Mary Jo Boler Family Tract and the Pete and Pat Allen Family Tract. Bob Wigley was a beloved islander, known for his quiet and generous support of local causes and neighbors in need.

Bob passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2014 and will always be remembered on Sanibel and Captiva as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and conservationist.

Bob’s son Mike, his wife and three daughters, were joined Jan. 2 by local islanders in a brief prayer service at the gazebo in the Bob Wigley Preserve. Following the service, Mike spread some of Bob’s ashes as a ceremonial and healing way to return Bob to Sanibel and its nature that he loved. Other family members and friends also helped spread some of Bob’s ashes.

Bob worked tirelessly to add value to the islands, his church, the arts, conservation, civic developments and mentoring future generations. He made friends wherever he went and his faith in God sustained him throughout his life. The islands were blessed to have Bob be a part of our community for many years and his lasting presence will serve as an inspiration to us all. The remainder of Bob’s ashes were spread in Minnesota.