NIGRO, William Joseph 1914 – 2011
We celebrate the life of William Joseph Nigro, who died peacefully on November 3rd, 2011 at the age of 97. He is survived by his sister Anne Schrader, his children Susan Smith (Scott), Billie Purcell, Betty Anne Pearson (Ron), Dr. Mark Nigro (Collette) and Mary Pat Renaud (Don), his grandchildren Bill, Brian, David, Mark, Paula, Joseph, Anne, Will, Adam, Alex, Jay, Katie, Anne and Claire, and his great grandchildren Zoe, Ellie and Sophie Grace. He is further survived by Tom and Patti Evans, their children Josh and Zoe, their daughter-in-law Nichola, and grandchildren Payton, Paisley, and Foxx.
He is predeceased by Norvel, his beloved wife of 27 years, his dear second wife Mae, his son Frank, his daughter-in-law Nordine, his brother Monty and his grandson Jason.
Bill, the son of Italian immigrants, was born on January 11, 1914, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up on the family homestead in Jeffrey, Alberta. In 1925 he moves to Edmonton where he graduated from St. Joseph’s High School. In 1935, he attended St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto, where he was the President of the Student’s Union and a star on the football team. In 1938, he graduated St. Mike’s with a BSc in Chemistry and completed 2 years of medical school before joining the war effort, working for CIL in Nobel, Ontario. In 1946, he moved to Edson to work for the family’s lumber business. He was the first president of the Edson Kinsmen Club and served on Town Council. Bill and his family moved to Edmonton in 1956 where he became president of the lumber company, Hett and Sibbald. In 1968, he also served as the president of the Alberta Forest Products Association.
An avid golfer, Bill was an active member of the Mayfair Golf and Country club for over 40 years. Honest and direct, Bill was a man of remarkable intelligence. He maintained a keen interest in business, politics, and the changing world around him. He was a wonderful storyteller and had a tremendous sense of humour. He showed courage and determination to the end. Bill Nigro was a faithful son, a supportive brother, a wonderful husband, a good father and a loyal friend.
The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Bill’s good friend Hugh Hoyle.