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Robert W. Bigley, Sr.
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1910
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1968
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1929

TWO BOYS DROWN

Two Others Saved After Canoe Capsizes


Two boys are dead today and two others are recovering from shock as a result of river mishaps in the Pittsburgh district yesterday.
Andrew Shaytor, 14, of 421 Gardner ave., McKees Rocks, was drowned in the Ohio River at Brunots Island. North Side police worked over him for more than two hours with a pulmotor.
Ernest Green, 12, a negro, of 2732 Spring way, was drowned while bathing in the Allegheny River at Twenty-fifth st. His body was recovered.
Robert Bigley, 18, of W. Riverview ave., and Paul Kussrow, 20, of Harrison ave., were rescued after their canoe overturned while they were riding waves behind the Steamer Greater Pittsburgh. Bigley, after being taken aboard the steamer leaped back into the river to aid his companion. He returned to the boat with Kussrow.


Pittsburgh Press, March 13, 1937

GAS SALESMAN HERO IN BLAZING WRECK

Lifts Unconscious Driver Out of Flaming Auto


A New Brighton motorist today owes his life to the heroic action of a service station superintendent.
John Thompson, 42, 1005 Sixth Ave., New Brighton, was knocked unconscious when his car skidded on icy Ohio River Blvd. at Meade Ave., Bellevue, careened against a light pole and burst into flames as it upset against a gasoline station.
Constable Robert W. Bigley, night superintendent in the Atlantic Refining Co.'s service station, pulled the injured man from the burning car.
Mr. Thompson was taken to Suburban General Hospital with a fractured skull, lacerations, burns and shock.


Pittsburgh Press, April 15, 1937


HIT-SKIP AUTO KILLS WOMAN

North Side Resident Dies on Ohio River Blvd.


It was a grim anniversary that Mrs. Anna McDonald Dippel observed yesterday - ninth anniversary of the death of her only son, Robert, a sorrow she knew only death could erase from her heart.
Death in an auto accident erased it last night, nine years almost to the hour after her son's death. Mrs. Dippel, 39, of 3404 California Ave., was struck while crossing Ohio River Blvd. near Meade Ave., Bellevue. And the death car sped on into the night.
Police were trying to trace the driver through a woman's purse found near where Mrs. Dippel was struck. The brown leather handbag, not the property of Mrs. Dippel, contained several addresses. Detectives were checking the addresses in hopes of finding the driver.
Mrs. Dippel had been visiting at the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. W. H. Dippel, 265 Ohio River Blvd, Bellevue, and was gone only a few seconds when the elder Mrs. Dippel heard her scream.
Police believe the auto either knocked or dragged its victim 40 feet. Constable Robert Bigley, of Bellevue, working at a nearby filling station, was the first to reach the dying woman. He called Lieut. John McKissock and Patrolman Victor Eason, who took Mrs. Dippel to Suburban General Hospital.
She was pronounced dead upon arrival, from a fractured skull, fractures of both ankles, a broken right arm, deep laceration of the back, and multiple bruises and lacerations of the arms, legs, and body. Physicians believe she died instantly.
Police found the broken lens of an auto headlight near the scene.


Pittsburgh Press, October 24, 1968

BIGLEY

Robert W. Sr., on Wednesday, Oct 23, 1968. beloved husband of Anna Gaspich Bigley, of 4169 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue; father of Robert W. Bigley Jr., of McMurray, Pa; brother of Mrs. Mary K. Eason, Miss Thelma M. Bigley, Herman S. and William H. Bigley, and two grandchildren. Members of North Boros Post No. 116 American Legion, Robert D. Fleming Post No. 2454 VFW, and friends received in the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, 1014 (unreadable) Ave., Avalon (North Boros), where services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ralph Clark Bigley (1881 - 1943)
  Edith Saddler Bigley (1887 - 1915)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Gaspich Bigley (1913 - 2000)
 
 Siblings:
  Herman Bigley (1904 - 1982)*
  Doris Sophia Bigley Corsello (1908 - 1949)*
  Robert W. Bigley (1910 - 1968)
  Mary C. Bigley Eason (1917 - 2003)**
  Thelma Marie Bigley (1918 - 1998)**
  William H. Bigley (1922 - 1982)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Jefferson Memorial Park
Pleasant Hills
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section G37 MEDITATION Lot 126C
 
Maintained by: Mike Bigley
Originally Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
Record added: Sep 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58690515
Robert W. Bigley, Sr.
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