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Owner of local tavern, longtime County Board member dies at 68, friend says

Dave Wiganowsky died of a heart attack

MADISON, Wis. - The owner of a local tavern and a longtime member of the Dane County Board died on April 17 at the age of 68, according to a blog post.  

Dave Wiganowsky died of a heart attack while on a flight to Laughlin, Nevada, according to David Blaska's blog. Blaska, a longtime friend of the man he called Wiggie, described his colleagues as "one of a kind." 

"Wiggie cut as wide swath through Madison and made friends with everyone he met," Blaska said. "If you didn’t immediately take a liking to Wiggie you were one odd duck because he may have been the happiest guy we’ve ever known in public life."

Wiganowsky was a member of the County Board for 20 years. He was also the owner of Wiggie's Bar & Grill, a beloved tavern on Madison's east side. 

Before opening his business, Wiganowsky spent 14 years working for the Oscar Mayer plant

A celebration of his life will be held on June 2, at Wiggies tavern, according to the blog post. 


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