Louis  Bigelow

Louis Francis Bigelow Jr.

Saturday, April 19th, 1941 - Sunday, April 7th, 2019
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South Glens Falls
Louis F. Bigelow Jr., 77, passed away Sunday April 7, 2019 at the Pines Nursing Home two weeks before his 78th birthday.

Born April 19, 1941 in Pittsfield, MA, 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 in Framingham, MA. 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 United States 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 on Thursday April 11, 2019 at 2p.m. at the Harrisena Community Church 1616 Ridge Road Queensbury, NY 12804 with Dr. Natalie C. Wimberly officiating, Rev. Dr. Clayton Burgess and Rev. Patti Girard attending ministers.

Burial will be at Lakeview cemetery 363 Elm St. Penn Yan, NY 14527 on Monday April 15, 2019 at 11 am.

Donations in Lou’s memory can be made to Camp Wakpominee 253 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, New York, 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, NY 12803. To view Louis Book of Memories and post online condolences please visit

“Always pray to have eyes that see the best
A heart that forgives the worst,
A mind that forgets the bad,
And a soul that never loses faith.”
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    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 2:00pm
    Harissena Community Church
    1616 Ridge Road
    QUEENSBURY, NY 12804
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    Dr. Natalie C. Wimberly
    Rev. Clayton Burgess
    Rev. Patti Girard


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M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home Staff

Posted at 02:43pm
With the first anniversary of Louis's passing approaching, we are remembering him, his family & friends in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you share bring you peace.

Todd Bigelow

Posted at 10:53am
Not even an honorable mention of any of his 5 kids that we onow about. Guy was a real gem.

Kim Marucheau Posted at 10:53am

Why do you think there was no wake? He was afraid of who would show up and blow his cover of being a stand up citizen.


Posted at 07:54pm
RIP Lou....I will miss seeing and talking with you at Hannaford....someday I will get that White Escalade that we always talked about! My condolences to you, Donna! Lorraine

Linda Baker

Posted at 03:45pm
Lou was a wonderful person – giving and loving, always extending kindness and helping everyone around him to see the humor in life’s strange situations. Donna, I know that you cherish the time you had with Lou. As your friend, I was so happy that Lou and you found each other: what a gift you were to each other! May the joy that you had together continue to sustain you.

Betty Nelson

Posted at 04:28am
Dear Donna, My sincere sympathy, your faith and wonderful memories will bring comfort to you.
Sincerely, Betty Nelson

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