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Edward A. Wiggins

Edward A. Wiggins was a former state representative who was dedicated to serving the community.

He died on Monday, March 9, 2015 of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was 81.

He was born on March 13, 1933 in Philadelphia. After graduating from Bartram High School in 1951, Wiggins enrolled at Temple University. He attended Temple until 1953 when he was drafted into the United States Army. He served on active duty for two years and then in the Army Reserve.

Wiggins was elected to the state House in 1976, was unseated in 1978 and won again in 1980. He served until he lost his final bid for re-election in 1988.

Affectionately known as “Sonny,” he represented the 186th district in South Philadelphia.

As a legislator, Wiggins fought for many issues plaguing his community including education, the Vietnam War, and discrimination against people based on race, religion, or national origin.

After his legislative career, Wiggins worked as an administrator for the Philadelphia Parking Authority until the mid-2000s.

He also worked as a bricklayer and building administrator for the State Office building.

He is survived by: his wife, Joyce Wiggins; children, Clarena Tolson, Edmond Wiggins and Charles Wiggins; grandchildren, Laurena Tolson, Christina Tolson, Alexandria Wiggins, BG Tolson, Chloe Wiggins, Cobe Wiggins, Josiah Wiggins and Talia Wiggins; and other relatives and friends.

Services were held on March 13 at Union Baptist Church, 1910 Fitzwater St. The viewing started at 9 a.m. Services followed at 10 a.m.

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