It is with great sadness the family announces the unexpected passing of the legendary Gary L. Weigold (Wiggy) at his home on February 5th 2018 in Torrington.
Gary was born March 21, 1955, in Torrington, son of the late Kenneth C. and Mildred E. (Becker) Weigold. He leaves behind his partner Lisa Keller of Terryville, daughter Melanie (Weigold) Ethier and her husband Thomas Ethier of Terryville, and daughter Jennifer Weigold and her husband Juan Gonzalez of Bristol. Besides his partner and daughters, he leaves his 8 grandchildren - Megan and Mariah King of Bristol, Justin Ethier of Terryville, Trinitee and Emmanuel Gonzalez of Columbia, SC, Shawn’D, Juancito, and unborn grandson Gonzalez-Miranda of Bristol, and one great-grandchild Kinsley Day of Bristol, his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Dottie Weigold of Watertown, his sister Ellie Wanklin of Bristol, and LOTS of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who will all miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his sister Sandra Weigold.
Gary grew up in Torrington working on the Weigold Farm. He loved everything outdoors. He could tell you every flower and plant name, tell you the best area fishing spots and what you can catch there, hear a bird’s song and tell you what kind of bird it was. His home was always filled with plants.
Gary is well known for his amazing musical talent. He was an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player and had the voice of an angel. He played in several local bands over the years - Cousins (Music’s in our Blood), Crazy Fingers, The Paradise Kings, and The Bantam Phantoms. He composed his own songs, such as Alabama Way and New York City Blues. Music and family was his LIFE and when the two got together for a picnic or party it was a “jam” session like no other. These are some of the family’s fondest memories. When he wasn’t playing music, he was listening to his albums which always brought a smile to his face. As Dan Fogelberg said, “The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old, but his blood runs through my instruments, and his song is in my soul.” This was the life Gary lived, through his music and his instruments.
In addition to a life of music, he was also a talented house painter/paper-hanger, sub-contracting with various area companies. He worked on many homes belonging to prominent individuals in Litchfield County.
He was an amazing cook, loving fish, vegetables, pasta and horseradish. He made the best sandwiches ever!
Above all he was a loving, genuine person, loving to spend time with his family and friends. Gary was loved by anyone who had the privilege of crossing paths with him. Even though he is no longer walking the earth with us, he lives on in our hearts, memories and his music. We are privileged to be able to hear him in his songs for the rest of our days, until we meet again.
Relatives and friends are invited to join us for a service and reception, celebrating Gary’s life at the First Congregational Church, 835 Riverside Ave, Torrington, CT 06790 on 02/24/2018 at 11:00 am.