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William Francis Bigoney


Died, 1996

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"Bill" Bigoney, a civic leader and pioneering architect, designed 233 waterfront homes in Lauderdale Harbors and Rio Vista along with the Fort Lauderale Police Station, the Fifteenth Street Fisheries and Marina Bay. He also was instrumental in the creation of Riverwalk along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Educated at Harvard and MIT he was was an early pioneer of Modern Architecture and environmentally sensitive design. His most recent project involved his two lifelong passions - architecture and sailing, friends said. He was trying to push through a sailing school that would be built under the new 17th Street Causeway bridge when it is constructed. Bill Bigoney was murdered by his 40 year old third wife, Margaret who shot him, then shot her stepson David in the face, blinding him, and finally killed herself just after Christmas in 1998. Bill Bigoney was killed in his oasis: a tiny cul-de-sac in the 200 block of Southwest 14th Way, which sits on the north bend of the New River. There he built houses around the thick native foliage and situated them to take advantage of breezes and be naturally cool.