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Obituary for Bruce Anthony Bigness

Bruce Anthony  Bigness
MASSENA – Mr. Bruce Anthony Bigness, 66, of County Route 46, passed away Friday afternoon, June 22, 2018 at Massena Memorial Hospital.

Bruce was born on February 7, 1952 at the family home in Westville, the son of the late Robert Joseph Sr. and Janet (Cartier) Bigness. He was a 1971 graduated of Salmon River Central School. On June 29, 1971, he entered the US Marine Corps, proudly serving his country for two years as a military police officer. After his discharge on June 28, 1973, he entered the National Guard, where he served for many more years. He married Ann M. Bruso on October 27, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Constable.

After returning home from the military, he started employment at Alcoa working in the pot rooms in various capacities but mainly was a crane operator and instructor, retiring in 2008. He was an honorary member of the Louisville Fire Department. He enjoyed doing woodworking, being around his animals, and was a devoted family man, especially cherishing his grandbabies.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Ann; his children and their spouses, Michele and Douglas Dillabough of Davenport, Iowa; Bruce A. II and Laurie Bigness of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Kyle and Joni Bigness of Massena; his grandchildren, Alexis Sweet, Jenna and Ian Bigness, Bruce and Anthony Dillabough, and Karli and Kamden Bigness; his sisters, Sharon and Michael Jenack of Hemmingford, Quebec, Nancy and Richard Richer of Westville; his brother, Robert J. Jr. and Debbie Bigness of Westville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Kenneth Hence.

At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Massena Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad, or Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

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