Pomfret Center- Frederick L. Bigelow, 70, of Pomfret, passed away Thursday July 17, 2014 at UMASS University Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Joyce (Rivard) Bigelow. Born in Brunswick, ME, he was the son of the late Ronald A. and Georgia M. (Wallace) Bigelow.
Mr. Bigelow was proud to have served in the US Navy as a signalman on the USS Moale in the early 1960’s. He owned and operated Bigelow Lawn & Garden, after retiring from Southern New England Telephone Company. He loved to read, play darts, croquet, garden and spend time with his loving family and friends. He enjoyed Jeopardy, crossword puzzles and shooting pool. Fred was a competitive member of the Pomfret Croquet Club and the Minute Man Dart Club and also of the VFW in Manchester. He was well loved and will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Lambert and her husband David, of Woodstock; son Michael Bigelow and his wife Marian of Hampton;
Grandchildren, Danielle, Samuel, Aaron and Rachel Lambert and Shayne, Gregory and Kyleigh Bigelow; Sisters Judith Bohman of Marlborough, CT, Linda Klimasewski of Georgia and brother Richard Bigelow of Oregon and nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Gregory Bigelow.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Fred’s family from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday July 25, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church Street, Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 9:00am on Saturday July 26, 2014 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. James Church, 12 Franklin Street Danielson. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.