Wigmore A. Pierson

Died: Tue., Jun. 19, 2012


Memorial Service

5:00 PM Fri., Jun. 22, 2012
Location: Second Congregational Church


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Wigmore Alling Pierson,  age 72, died Tuesday after a year-long standoff with a variety of illnesses that tried to lay him low. Wig left this world exactly the way he wanted to: at his Hull home, at peace and surrounded by his wife, Molly, and children Beth, Morgan and Jack.

Wig was best known locally as the host of cable talk-show "Pierson to Person", which was broadcast live from Scituate every Thursday for 10 years. His enthusiasm and boundless curiosity attracted guests from local Cohasset luminaries to statewide political figures like Billy Bulger and Bill Weld to wrestler"Killer"Kowalski and boxer Peter McNeely. Wig, his future wife, Molly, who worked for the Patriot Ledger and Cohasset Mariner editor Mary Ford, had a great time for years disporting themselves as the "Cohasset media giants".

But Wig's real love was politics, local or national. He got a degree in political science from Lake Forest College in Illinois and then served in the Peace Corps in Peru for two years. When he returned, Wig ran twice for state representative from Newton.To his great surprise, this 20-something Republican running in what was then a heavily Democratic town, lost. Undaunted, he moved to Washington D.C. where he founded a career counseling firm and was thrilled to serve as a presidential advanceman to President Gerald Ford. During his 22 years in Cohasset, he jumped into the political scene with both feet, joining town boards, running for office twice and working behind the scenes on many campaigns. Another enthusiasm was history--his own, his town's, the country's. Wig, a descendant of William Brewster, was a proud member and past governor of the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

In Cohasset, he served on the historical commission and as chairman of the  committee that produced the third volume of the Narrative History of Cohasset. He maintained such a comprehensive collection of presidential literature and memorabilia that his library sports the Presidential Seal. Wig also bribed each of his kids to memorize all the presidents in order.

Wig's real talent may have been for friendship. He kept in touch with boyhood friends from Newton, classmates from Buckingham Browne Nichols, fraternity brothers from Lake Forest College, fellow Peace Corps volunteers, the production crew from "Pierson to Person", Mayflower members from all over the country , and dear friends gathered from two decades in Cohasset. He was a larger than life figure who will be missed by those he touched across the country. Wig was born in Oakland, California, to Merlin A. and Janice W. Pierson and was raised in Newton. He was a loving husband to Molly (Hochkeppel) Pierson; devoted Dad to Elizabeth Brundage, Morgan Wigmore and Jack Benham Civita Pierson; super stepdad to Kurt, Glen, Matt and Zach Hochkeppel and their spouses Kelly, Sarah, Kendra and Caitlin; loving"Grampy" to Cole, Finn, Ella, Mimi, Carisa, Myrna, Rosey and Shane Hochkeppel; he is also survived by cousins Jean Koenig and Ruth Wetmore, their spouses and children.

There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. Friday at the Second Congregational Church, 43 Highland Ave., Cohasset. Reception will follow. Arrangements will be through McNamara Sparrell Funeral Home, Cohasset

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Shaun Galvin
   Posted Wed June 20, 2012
Dear Molly, Beth, Morgan, Jack and all of Wig's family and friends,

I am very sorry to learn of Wig's passing. I remember Wig in his days of hosting the Cable TV Show Pierson to Person on Cohasset Cable TV. I also remember his days when he ran for Cohasset Selectmen. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless you all. Shaun Galvin

Edward Etsten
   Posted Fri June 22, 2012
I knew Wig from all of is years at Browne and Nichols School. It was a freindship for both of us that was always a comfort and a support system. All my sympathies to Wig''s loving family.

Joan Paquette
   Posted Fri June 22, 2012
Molly,
So sorry to hear about Wig's passing. He was such a nice person and always made us feel welcome whenever we saw him. Our sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Joan Paquette & Dave Hammond

Bibi and Roland StClair Barrie
   Posted Fri June 22, 2012
Molly, so sorry to hear of Wig's death. We will always remember him dancing bare footed in the grass at our little wedding and I, even longer ago, he holding court at the dinner theatre table on the importance of being earnest! I know he'll be missed, hugs Bibi & Roland.

Tanna Kasperowicz
   Posted Sat June 23, 2012
I will never forget Wig's cable show, and all the fun he and Jack Golden had producing it. He had many guests over the years, but Wig was like Simon Crowell of American Idol. He was always the most interesting person on any show.
Peace and love to your combined families.
His was a live well lived.

Tanna

Roger Brown
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
To all of Wig''s wonderful family: I am so sorry to learn of Wig''s passing!! He was a loyaL friend and mentor. I was very fortunate to talk with him a few times during his trying illness.

I really was very glad to have attended his recent birthday celebration in the recent past.

I know he really loved all of his family very much!!! We shall all miss him, and feel touched by his very active life during Browne and Nichols'' years and after. Roger (and Sally Brown)

Lisa Brown
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
My prayes for your family from myself and family members. I remember the quality cable show from days working at the cable station/studio.

Adrian and Karen
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
Molly you are by far the most loved and amazing person we know, may the warm feeling of so much love for you and Wig be a source of comfort. Love you lots...Adrian and Karen

Michael & Patricia Flynn
   Posted Sun November 11, 2012
Molly, we were really saddened when we saw you without your beloved Wig..He was a really nice man and a great human being..always a nice smile and a friendly hello whenever we saw him..He is a person we will remember always..stay strong my friend..

pablo gallarday
   Posted Sun October 27, 2013
dear molly
I was know about wig`s (peluca) dead. I am very sorry. excuse my english . I was his friend when he was in the Peace Corps in chimbote - peru ,my name is pablo Gallarday ,and I am very Apendo by this news. I shared almost 2 years he was in peru with irreparable and so sorry for your loss. reciva pcs. lady my condolences. common friend is braulio muñoz live in the U.S. and who could give more references mine. molly a big hug. This email is my son juan jose Gallarday

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