Nov. 5, 1922 Willimantic Windham County Connecticut, USA
Apr. 17, 2012 Coventry Tolland County Connecticut, USA
Bert A. Bigelow 05 Nov 1922 - 17 Apr 2012
Bert A. Bigelow, 89, of Coventry, widow of Florette (Schenck) Bigelow, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday April 17, 2012. He was born in Willimantic, CT on November 5, 1922, the son of the late Albert and Edna (LaFlamme) Bigelow.
He retired from UConn after 36 years as Head Cook. He went on leisurely cruises on Coventry Lake on his boat that friends named "Rigor Mortis". He became a clown and was in numerous parades as "BABS The Clown". He brought smiles to many patients in nursing homes. He often said - "If I made someone smile today, I am happy".
He is survived by his five children, Larry and his fiancÚ Kathy of East Otis, MA; Ronny and his wife Louise of Bristol, CT; Tommy and his wife Carol of Monson, MA; Carol Hoover and her husband Leo of Charlotte, NC and Louise Roy and her husband James of East Hampton, CT. In addition, he leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also leaves his brothers, Charles Bigelow of Enfield, Raymond Bigelow and Donald Bigelow of Willimantic; his sisters, Rose Zoldac of Willimantic and Madelyn Boucar of Andover. He was predeceased by his brothers, Buddy, Gene, Henry and Robert and his sister, Nellie. Bert's family would like to extend a special thanks to his loving caregiver, Fatou.