Rudolph A. Bigda, of Palm Bay, FL and Holyoke, MA, resident until his retirement in 1981 as Comptroller of Hano Business Forms Company, passed away on January 7, 2012.
Prior to that time he served as Comptroller of the F.W. Sickles Division of the General Instrument Corporation located in Chicopee, MA.
A graduate of Holyoke High School and Bryant College, Magna Cum Laude, and the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management, he served as President for two terms of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the National Association of Accountants, the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Retired Officers Association and the Elmwood Lodge, where he was a charter member and Financial Secretary for many years.
A founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Berris Motels, Inc. of Danielson, CT, he also served as an instructor in managerial Cost Accounting at Western New England College in the '70's.
He was instrumental in conversion of the ownership of Holiday Park in Palm Bay, FL from general Development to the property owners in 1984, and was a frequent contributor of timely articles in the Holyoke and Palm Bay newspapers.
Enlisting as a Private in the US Army in 1942, he was discharged in 1946 after having served as Commissary Accountant at the Army War College in Washington, DC and eventually saw duty with the 8th and 9th Air Forces. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his participation in the "Battle of the Bulge" and retired from the service in 1973 with the rank of Colonel.
For 30 years he served as coordinator of annual reunions of the East Street Reserve Group known as the "Retreads." He was a life member of the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, Post 351 of the American Legion, and the Eighth Air Force. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Pulaski Heights housing project and was a Monitor of Bill Payers at WesMass Eldercare. He was a member of the Mater Dolorosa Holy Name Society and was an active supporter of its annual Oratorical presentation.
As a member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) he served in chapters in Springfield, MA and Melbourne, FL, and since his retirement had been a volunteer tax consultant for AARP.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (Safarik) and was predeceased by his wife, Josephine, who died in 1976. He leaves sons, Donald in Rye Brook, NY and Robert in Shrewsbury, MA, and five grandchildren.
Published in FloridaToday on Jan. 14, 2012.