Retired Framingham Police Officer Louis F. Bigelow Jr., 77, Vietnam Veteran

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK – Louis F. Bigelow Jr., 77, passed away on Sunday April 7, 2019 at the Pines Nursing Home, two weeks before his 78th birthday.

Born April 19, 1941 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Louis Sr. and Mary (Bilotta) Bigelow.

He served his community from 1969-1977 as a Framingham police officer.

Prior to becoming a police officer, Lou was proud to serve his country in the Vietnam War. He served in the 92nd Airborne Division.

Lou married Donna Rae Gelder on May 23, 2015 at the Boy Scout Camp Wakpominee Chapel by Dr. Clayton Burgess. They would have been married four years on May 23.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, boating, woodworking, remodeling, traveling the U.S. by car and especially fishing in Tennessee.

Lou was a member of the Harrisena Community Church where he played Adam in “The Beginning of Sin” and Johnny Appleseed for the Apple Festival. He was a trophy member of the North American Fishing Club, North American Hunting Club, Glens Falls Community Theatre and GFCT senior seminar.

He was an usher at “What a Wonderful World”, set designer and construction for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, set construction for “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, and part of the cast for “Seniors go Nashville”.

Lou drove a golf cart for the yearly cemetery tours by Glens Falls Community Theatre and the Chapman Historical Museum. Lou also was a member of the Glens Falls Community Theatre By-Laws Committee.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Donna Gelder.

At Lou’s request there will be no calling hours.

A celebration of Lou’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Harrisena Community Church, 1616 Ridge Road, Queensbury, with Dr. Natalie C. Wimberly officiating, the Rev. Dr. Clayton Burgess and the Rev. Patti Girard attending ministers.

Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, 363 Elm St., Penn Yan, at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15.

Donations in Lou’s memory can be made to Camp Wakpominee, 253 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY, 12205 or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls.


Photo courtesy of the funeral home

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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