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William Forrest “Bill” Biagi, of Oak Park passed away Saturday evening, August 8th 2015 at the age of 82.
He was the beloved husband of Marion (nee Newport) Biagi for 58 years and the devoted father of eight children; Jennifer (Mark) Bailey, Alison, William (Michelle), James (Jo Ellen), Robert, Thomas (Hazel), Adele Roman, Amelia (Mike) Labbe, along with twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He leaves behind many close friends.
Born to Alma and William Biagi in January 1933, Bill was raised in Oak Park and is a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School, Wright Junior College and Roosevelt University. He served in the U.S. Army in the early to mid-1950s at Fort Riley, KS and Fort Bliss, TX.
He was an early computer specialist and spent the majority of his career as a Senior Vice President for a market research firm. He retired as an accountant and bookkeeper at the age of 72. He served as President of the condo association where he lived until he passed away.
Throughout his life, he played many sports, was a high school and collegiate sportsman and captain of his cross-country team. Bill was an avid tennis player. As a member of the Oak Park Tennis Club, he served as Treasurer and President. He played basketball until he was 78 years young. He took up and loved playing golf in his 70s, had a hole-in-one and played regularly until shortly before he died. He was a huge Chicago Bears and Bulls fan, always cheering his teams on.
He was loved and cherished for his quick wit and personable treatment of everyone he came in contact with.
Memorial Visitation will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 12:00pm until time of Memorial Service, 3:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside.
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Biagi Family, I am sorry for your loss of Bill I knew Bill thru our contact at the OPTC, the indoor club at Ridgeland and Lake , and just seeing him in the neighborhood. As you noted in the obituary Bill was always personable and interested in how I was doing when we made contact: I really appreciated that. Bill was a true sportsman and a great guy. I will miss him. Larry McDonald
Larry McDonald Aug 17 2015 7:14 PM
Dearest Marion and family, We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Bill. We are so blessed to have known him as a wonderful neighbor and the kindest of men for some 37 years. As you share your stories of his amazing life, may the sweet memories fill you with peace and ease your sorrow day by day. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. With our love, Joanne & Ric Corwin & family
Joanne Corwin Aug 15 2015 11:30 PM
Played a lot of tennis with Bill over many years. He was a better player, but always was ready when neither of us was committed elsewhere. He was a good guy in every sense and I hope he suffered the minimum. Not too many who always had a smile. My situation keeps me from coming, but not from thinking fondly about him.
Walter Horwich Aug 15 2015 7:51 PM
Marion, Im so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a great man, a great next-door-neighbor for even the brief period I owned 1019 S Lombard, and will be missed around town. May you and your children be comforted together by todays services. Affectionately, Patty
Patty McMillen Aug 15 2015 3:29 PM
So sad about the loss of Dad/Grandpa B. Sending warm thoughts for comfort, healing and peace. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Khalil Gibran May your joyful memories of him comfort you all during this difficult time. Love, Kathy
Kathy Biagi Aug 14 2015 4:51 PM
My sincerest condolences to you, Marion, and your family. I only met Bill once when Blair and I came for a family reunion many years ago, he was such a nice man. I feel for your tremendous loss. Love, Nicki
Nicki Newport Aug 13 2015 2:47 PM
BIAGI FAMILY, I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I WILL BE THERE SATURDAY. I KNOW MY PARENTS WERE TOMMYS GODPARENTS AND I BABYSAT MOST OF YOU. HOPE YOUR GOOD MEMORIES WILL COMFORT YOU. BARB
Barbara Mayor Aug 13 2015 12:15 PM
Dear Marion and Family: Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father. May each day bring you fewer tears and fuller memories. I hope you will soon experience the presence of his spirit in each of your lives. Sandra Semkiw Knitter
Sandra M. Semkiw Aug 13 2015 12:23 AM
Dear Marion, Im so sorry to hear about your loss . . . my thoughts are with you and your family. Best regards, Nancy Rosenbaum
Nancy Rosenbaum Aug 12 2015 8:22 PM
So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Marion and their children. Such good neighbors for many years and great friends.
Bruce Broerman Aug 12 2015 12:14 AM