With great sadness, the Board of The Comox Valley Airport Commission announce the passing of Comox Valley Airport Commission CEO, BGen (Ret’d) Frederick George Bigelow. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, children Alan, and Stephanie (Scott), and his sisters Margaret (Gene), Jean (John), and Susan (Doug). Fred was predeceased by his parents, and son, Eric.

Following a dynamic thirty-four year career with the Canadian Forces, including a term as Wing Commander of CFB Comox, Fred was very happy to return to the Comox Valley in 2012 to lead the team at the Comox Valley Airport. As Airport Chief, he presided over an unprecedented period of growth. His conscientious efforts to provide a world class facility, with measured fiscal restraint, has left the airport well positioned to weather this challenging period. This was typical of his commitment to his community, and greatly appreciated by the Board.

Popular, loved, and respected, Fred will be remembered for his incredible leadership, his sense of humour, and his ability to connect with and support others. He will be greatly missed by the staff and his many friends at the airport, as well as those he worked with and knew throughout the community.

Given current restrictions on gathering, a live-stream celebration of life will be held online between 1300 and 1500 hours on Friday, September 4th at: https://www.facebook.com/Celebration-of-Life-Fred-Bigelow-109752927522707/ On behalf of the CVAC Board of Directors and all YQQ staff, our thoughts and
sincerest condolences go out to Fred’s family at this very difficult time.

Erin Neely

Media Contacts, Comox Valley Airport