Gerald “Jerry” Patrick Bigley Sr., of Carolina Beach, died due to pulmonary fibrosis on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82.
He was born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allan J. Bigley and Mary Tyman Bigley; brothers, Allan and Richard Bigley; and Evelene Scholar Bigley, the mother of his children.
He is survived by his children, Tijuania Hansen (Harry), of Wilmington, Mary Mical, of Wallace, Debbie Murray (Andy), of Wallace and Gerald Patrick Bigley Jr. of Wilmington. He is also survived by his loving wife, Barbara M. Bigley and her children, Kathi Neighbors (Ricky), Paul Jones (Amanda), Sandi Macon and Mark Jones; grandchildren, Heather, Crystal, Gerald, T. J., Scott, Gerald Patrick Bigley III, Nathan, Lannie, Asya, Brittany, Axel, Samantha, Kelsie and Paul III; 12 great-grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Inez; and beloved pets, Poncho, Sid and Joe.
He was the cornerstone of his family and community. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a technical sergeant. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was an active business and community leader for 42 years in Carolina Beach.
He was a very successful entrepreneur starting numerous businesses and creating many jobs in Carolina Beach. He was a huge supporter of our local law enforcement and served on the Police Advisory Committee. He was a member of many organizations like Shriners and Lion’s Club.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Alicia Porterfield officiating. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be provided by the New Hanover County Sheriff Office Honor Guard and the Carolina Beach Police Department Honor Guard.
The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Lower Cape Fear Hospice–Dr. Ruscetti, Dr. Moeller, Dr. Schmizzi and many others.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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