Marshall Figgatt, Marine Corps veteran
Marine Corps Veteran Marshall Figgatt of Ridgefield, CT, died Saturday, August 6th at the age of 89. Marshall was born October 29, 1926 in New York City to Tinney C. and Violet Guild Figgatt. He grew up in New York City, where he attended the Buckley School. He graduated from The Loomis School in Windsor, CT.
In 1944 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a Marine Rifleman in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II.
After demobilization he attended Middlebury College. Graduating in 1951, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. It was there he met fellow classmate Sarah (Sallie) Iliff, who he married later that year.
Immediately after college Marshall was called back to the Marine Corps to serve as a Marine Infantry Officer during the Korean Conflict. In just two years of service he rose from the rank of Private to the rank of Captain, and commanded a Marine Infantry Company at Camp Lejeune, NC. After a second demobilization he served in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Marshall and Sallie moved to the Philadelphia area. There they raised their three sons, Thomas, Bruce and Alan while living in Berwyn for more than 20 years. Marshall worked as a Stockbroker and Investment Banker in Philadelphia, followed by career as a Trust Investment Officer in the trust departments of the Provident National Bank of Philadelphia, PA, and the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust of Baltimore, MD.
For many years he was a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, and the Alexander Hamilton Chapter #1 of the Sons of the Revolution, at Fraunces Tavern in the City of New York.
Marshall and Sallie later moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he worked for several banks as well as in the local travel business. After Sallie’s death in 1997, he was an active member of WOW, Widows or Widowers Interfaith group on Hilton Head Island, and he was an active member and chalice bearer at St. Luke’s Church (Anglican).
In 2011, he moved to Ridgefield, CT, where he attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and was an active member of the Marine Corps League of Ridgefield.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years and Middlebury College classmate, Sallie Iliff Figgatt; son, Bruce Edward Figgatt; and sister, Violet Figgatt Escher.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Figgatt and daughter in law Bonnie Figgatt of Ridgefield, CT; son, Alan Figgatt of Sterling, VA; and by five grandchildren: Thomas Jr. and Caroline Figgatt formerly of Ridgefield, CT, and the children of his son Bruce: Stephen, Kyle and Mary Figgatt, formerly of West Chester, PA.
Marshall will be interred with Military Honors at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC on Monday, August 15th, where he will be united together again with his beloved wife, Sallie.
A service of remembrance and celebration of life will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, Ridgefield, on Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial funds at St. Stephen’s Church in Ridgefield, or at St. Luke’s Church in Hilton Head.