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Atty. William “Bill” A. Gigure, age 93, of Manitowoc, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Sylvan Crossings Assisted Living in Manitowoc.
Bill was born on March 29, 1928 in Antigo, WI, son of the late Marvin and Luella (Poirier) Gigure. He grew up in Manitowoc and was a 1946 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School. Upon graduation, Bill was inducted into the United States Marine Corps serving from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1948. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University in 1952 and his Juris Doctorate from Marquette in 1954, all while working multiple jobs to pay for his education. While at Marquette Law School, he served as editor of the Law Review and graduated at the top of his class. Bill enjoyed a 55-year law career beginning with the firm of Murphy and Brady in Manitowoc, later starting his own firm, and retiring in 2009.
On May 14, 1955, Bill married the former Shirlee M. Remiker at Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Manitowoc. Their 66-year marriage was blessed with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He and Shirlee provided a loving home for their family where passion for reading, music and the Green Bay Packers was instilled and where education, hard work, humor and kindness were encouraged.
Bill was a man of many interests and pursued all of them with vigor. He was a voracious reader, loved football and theater, and valued community involvement. While in college, he played halfback for the Manitowoc Braves, forerunners of the Manitowoc Chiefs. He was inducted into the Manitowoc Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and served as the Manitowoc Chiefs attorney for many years, playing a pivotal role in the construction of the current Chiefs clubhouse. He was involved in many community organizations including: Manitowoc Yacht Club, Manitowoc Elks Lodge, Wisconsin Bar Association, Salvation Army, Hatrack Storytellers, Heart-A-Rama and Masquers where he served as their attorney for over 40 years. He performed in more than 30 productions with Masquers, as well as numerous productions at the Forst Inn and UW-Manitowoc. Bill was also an active member of Sacred Heart Parish, later joining St. Francis of Assisi Parish upon merger.
Survivors include his wife: Shirlee Gigure, Manitowoc; four daughters and three sons-in-law: Ann (Randy) Hoffmeister, Bluffton, SC, Amy Gigure, Fox Point, Sarah (Sean) Harvatine, Janesville, Betsy (Steve) Maliborski, Manitowoc; one daughter-in-law: Karin Gigure, Two Rivers; five grandchildren: Sam Gigure, John Annis, Kirby Annis, Anna Harvatine, Sean Harvatine; one brother and two sisters-in-law: David Michael (Marilyn) Gigure, Sun City West, AZ, Beverly Novak, Manitowoc; one brother-in-law: John Zahn, Fond du Lac; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents: Marvin and Luella Gigure; his son: John Gigure; two brothers and one sister-in-law: Donald (Marilyn) Gigure, Lawrence Gigure; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Annella (Carlton) Tetak, Marlene Gibeault-Zahn (Neal Gibeault), Imogene (Ronald) Zunker and one brother-in-law, Cyrus Colcord. His sister-in-law Bette Colcord followed him in death on January 9, 2022.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand (1416 Grand Ave., Manitowoc). The Rev. Doug LeCaptain will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial with burial of his cremated remains to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Drews-Bleser Post #88. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM. Masks are required during both the visitation and mass regardless of vaccination status.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s name to the Manitowoc Public Library or The Masquers, Inc.
The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed at www.lakeshorefamilyfuneralhomes.com
Bill’s family would like to thank Dr. Richard Theobald, the staff of Maritime Gardens (now Sylvan Crossings) with special thanks to Jerry, Karen, Judy, Nancy, Connie, and Denise as well as Tammy and Jason from Advocate Aurora Hospice and Steve and Betsy Maliborski for their compassionate care.