Olivia Eve Wigon
Olivia was born in Boston, MA to Timothy and Jennifer (Hanlon) Wigon and raised in Wellesley, MA. She was attending the University of Miami where she doubled majored in Marine Affairs and Human and Social Development and was a member of the UMiami Shark Research & Conservation Team and a leader of the university’s Hillel community. Her passion was to create a safer and healthier world for sharks and all ocean life. She was a graduate of Wellesley High School (’16) and The Island School (Spring ‘14) in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Olivia was a global citizen and world traveler visiting 6 continents where she studied, worked, developed deep friendships, and immersed herself in the local cultures.
Besides wrestling sharks on a daily basis, Olivia will be remembered for her loyalty, intellect, studiousness, sassy comments, contagious laugh, hardcore attitude, connecting people from different communities, and always being ready for the next adventure.
Olivia will continue to inspire and live on in her loving family including her parents, her sister, Dorothy, and brother, Sam. She is also dearly loved by her grandparents, Robert and Virginia Hanlon; her aunts and uncles, Kathy and Tony Moschella, Chris and Nancy Hanlon, Dan and Melissa Hanlon, Jerry and Liz Wigon, Ken and Rebecca Heller, and Michael and Leslie Wigon; her cousins Cailah, Brianna, Julia, Anthony, Max, Maddie, Izzy, Sophie, Madeleine, Zach, Ross, Leigh, Amelia and Nora (her two favorite little cousins) and her countless friends around the world. Olivia was predeceased by her grandparents, Samuel and Rachel Wigon and Dorothy Hanlon, and her uncles Peter Hanlon and Stuart Wigon. Olivia was a force for good in all her communities and on the environmental scene with a special focus on our oceans. She had so much left to give this world. Olivia’s last mitzvah was being an organ donor and spreading the joy that radiated from her to even more people. She lived an incredible life and was just getting started.
A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley, MA on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 2:00pm. Immediately following, the family will observe shiva at Temple Beth Elohim until 4:30 pm. Shiva will continue at the Wigon home on Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Burial will be private.
If you are inspired by her passion, a remembrance may be made in Olivia’s name to a cause she was directly working on: Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
May Olivia’s memory be a blessing to all who mourn her.
- Shark Reasearch & Conservation Program
- Memorial Service Monday, June 10, 2019
Olivia Eve Wigon
June 9, 2019
Olivia, as I will always remember her, was a ray of sunshine, beyond driven, and was a bright addition of a small amount of students I met at UM who I knew would make an impact on the world. She was warm to everyone, including those who didn't know her, and juggled commitments that each required a great amount of skill, and was always surrounded by so many generous friends. Though she was younger than me, I was amazed by how much she could always do, and always maintain a positive attitude - I will miss her warmth, her ambition, and the kindness she brought with her everywhere. I only wish I could have gotten more time with her, but I am so thankful I got the time I did.