Col. Rudolph A. Bigda, Comptroller
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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.

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Published in FloridaToday on Jan. 14, 2012.
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January 20, 2012
Dear Anne.Barb and Jim, Please accept Our Deepest Sympathy. Richard and I know you and your entire family will miss
Rudy at your Holiday table. Rudy always had great stories we all enjoyed. Rudy loved all the left overs that he and Anne would take home, Barb he thought you were a great cook. Our best to you, Holly and Richard
January 15, 2012
Mrs. Bigda, Donnie and Bob--my deepest condolences.
F X Kelly
January 14, 2012
Donald and Robert, you have my sincere condolences on your dad's passing. He often advised me on the value of getting a good education when I was collecting at your home for your Springfield Union paper route and later when I was attending the MBA program at WNEC. He was truly an outstanding example of "the greatest generation".
January 13, 2012
I knew Rudy from the NAA organization. He was always enjoyable to be around and was also one of the best financial persons in the organization. I always had the highest respect for Rudy and I will never forget him.

My deepest sympathies to the family.

Rick and Joyce Root
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