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William Gignac

GIGNAC, William Joseph Died on April 4, 2008 at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer. Bill is survived by his wife, Nancy Keder of Cupertino, CA; four dogs Bert, Jem, Radar and Glaze; father and mother Robert and Jean (Frett) Gignac of Deerfield, IL; and six sisters, Jeanne of Grand Rapids, MI, Suzanne (Hans Drexler) of Braunschweig, Germany, Lynne of Beacon, NY, Karen (Guy Vuckovic) of Highland Park, IL, Michelle (Richard) Schultz of Palatine, IL, and Jennifer (Christopher) Michel of Stafford, VA. Bill was born in 1956 and grew up in Deerfield, IL where he was 1974 class valedictorian. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA. During his professional career, Bill worked at Hughes Research Laboratories, Spectra Diode Labs, JDS Uniphase, and was most recently CEO of Picarro, Inc. From his career as a scientist and manager to his many hobbies which included dog agility, photography and flying, Bill will be remembered for his dedication, perseverance and willingness to share his expertise. Bill was loved and respected by family, friends and colleagues. His participation in our lives will be sorely missed. Memorial plans are pending. Funeral services are under the arrangement of Paradigmfunerals.com. For those desiring, the family suggests contributions to: University of Michigan, L.S. and A. Fund for Need Based Support or MD Anderson Cancer Center, GU Oncology Fund

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2008
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