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Remembering Fred BigonyIn 1956, Fred was recruited by The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) and assigned to a sales territory that included Massachusetts,  In 1961, Fred Bigony and Bob Morrison started Harvey Industries, Inc., a wholesale distribution and manufacturing company for building products. Over the next fifty years, they built a strong reputation of quality, integrity, and customer service and developed lifelong friendships with their employees and customers. When Fred retired, the company had grown to three manufacturing plants and more than thirty distribution centers spanning from Maine to Pennsylvania. Fred was responsible for overseeing the window manufacturing operations and designed a replacement window that is still manufactured today.

Having worked his way through college, Fred was an ardent supporter of higher education. Fred started the Harvey Scholarship Fund, a program operated for over 25 years to assist the families of Harvey employees in achieving a college education. Fred and Kit also created the Fred and Kit Bigony "Pay it Forward" Honors Endowed Scholarship Fund awarding scholarships to students enrolled in the Honor's College of Florida Atlantic University. The program is unique in that students receiving an award must morally agree to "pay back" support sometime during their lifetime to support future students.

Fred was also a devoted supporter of various organizations and charities, including Pennsylvania State University, our chapter of Sigma Nu, Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Verland Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Copper Cannon Camp, and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. Fred loved the outdoors.

Golf was his passion but he was also an avid boater, cruising with Kit along the shores of South Florida, through the Bahamas, and up the intercostal waterway from Jupiter, Florida, to Portland, Maine, to enjoy his summer months on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Fred loved to fish for salmon in the lake and to feed the birds from the front porch of his home in Wolfeboro. He was deeply committed to protecting the Loons on Lake Winnipesaukee and was a long-term member of the Loon Preservation Committee and sponsor of the annual Loon Festival.

Fred is survived by his loving wife Kit, his children and grandchildren, and his two sisters, Mary Lou and Joan. Over his life, Fred has enriched the lives of many with his warm smile, his generous heart, and his colorful stories. He will be missed by all.