Bart John Nigro Sr.
April 27, 1938 – April 27, 2021
On his 83rd birthday, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Bart John Nigro, Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and family member, passed away peacefully in Chandler, Arizona.
Bart was born on April 27, 1938 in Buffalo, NY to Daniel and Virginia (Perritano) Nigro. He graduated from Canisius College in 1960 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and started his career at Bell Aerosystems during the early days of computer science. He was involved in the Catholic Youth Organization, where he met Valerie, and the two married in 1968. When he became a father to Bart, Jr., Linnea, Brian, and Kimberly, he shifted his career to teaching at Niagara Community College, so he could spend more time with his family. In 1980, after a short stint working in Sierra Vista, Arizona as a government contractor, he moved his family from New York state to Tempe, Arizona to accept a position with Motorola. Bart had a brilliant mind for math, physics, and computer science and a successful engineering and teaching career of which he was proud.
However, Bart’s family always came first, whether he was helping his mother or mother-in-law or taking Valerie and the kids on family vacations, out for a meal, or on family outings. He even brought his wife and children on some of his business trips such as to Washington, D.C., 1,000 Islands, and Munich, Germany. Bart and Valerie kept strong family ties in the Buffalo area and spent summers there visiting family and friends. Later in life, he became an active grandfather to his seven grandchildren and would visit his nearby daughter, Kimberly, and her family every Sunday.
Bart and Valerie’s common faith created a foundation for their marriage and family. Bart and Valerie were active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish for many years, and Bart was a member of the Knights of Columbus. After he retired from Motorola, Bart and Valerie volunteered for ten years with St. Vincent de Paul, and Bart also helped people do their taxes. They took Bart’s trip of a lifetime to Jerusalem in 2000. After moving from Tempe to Sun Lakes in 2013, they became involved in St. Steven’s parish, where they made many new friends.
Bart was preceded in death by his father, Daniel, his mother, Virginia, and his son, Bart, Jr. He is survived by his wife Valerie, his daughter Linnea, his son Brian, his daughter Kimberly (Walter Douglas), seven grandchildren (Madeline, Isabella, Nathaniel, Christopher, Sheamus, Bart John-Paul, and Ginger), his brother Daniel, his sister Marie (John Miller), and various in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation for Bart will be held on Wednesday, May 5, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Valley of the Sun Mortuary with a Vigil Service beginning at 6 p.m. Bart’s funeral mass will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Saint Steven’s Catholic Church in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Following the mass, a graveside service and reception at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery; 10940 E Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler, AZ 85248.
Donations may be made in Bart’s memory to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona or St. Steven’s Catholic Church in Sun Lakes.
- St. Vincent De Paul
Bart John Nigro Sr.
May 10, 2021
To Bart’s Family
My condolences to you & prayers for both you & Bart.
We were good friends in high school but we lost tract of each other after high school. I would think about the good times we had, from time to time. I remember him as a fun loving positive friend, full of good moral character. “One of the good guys”.
Thank you for sharing with me your wonderful life with him.
May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Jim Davern
May 5, 2021
I am a classmate Grammar School ,High School & College of Bart. As a neighbor We spent many days playing and participating in Boy Scouts etc.
I will always remember his enthusiasm and kindness to everyone he met. I am not surprised that he continued his openness and kindness to all .Vaya Con Dios My Friend
May 3, 2021
I fondly remember Valerie and Bart Nigro as members of the St. Vincent de Paul conference at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Tempe, Arizona. For more than ten years, they faithfully did home visits to families in need, bringing them food boxes and arranging for assistance with rent and utilities. They also served as representatives in the Voice of the Poor Committee. Bart was a man of vision and contributed to changing laws and winning government support for long-term assistance that would help low-income families out of their poverty. My condolences to his family, especially Valerie.
May 3, 2021
I only knew Mr. Nigro as Linnea's father. However, every time I was around him in person, it was apparent how much he loved and was proud of his family. I send many condolences during this difficult time of loss.
May 3, 2021
Bart was a trusted and most capable colleague and friend as we worked together at NCCC in the early 1970s. Our lives went in different directions since then, however, my wife Barbara and I have often thought of Bart and Val during these past many years.
Peace and condolence to Bart's family as we are thankful that we remember a life well lived by a friend and colleague.
May 3, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Bart. When he lived in Tempe, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Rosary Group. We met once a month to say the Rosary, and after we prayed together, we would have refreshments and share stories. I became fond of Bart and enjoyed our conversations. He was a good Father and husband and will be missed.
May 3, 2021
My memories are of all the visits to Williamsville New York at my parents house. We always looked forward to those times. My Dad especially had a bond with his nephew and often talked about him and how proud he was of him.
Throughout all the years of Christmas cards received from your family my Mom always had a prominent place to display any family photos sent.
Bart was loved and I will miss him. He had a wonderful life here and the tribute video beautifully captures some of that. We know that our goodbyes are not the end.
My deepest condolences to the family.
With love, your cousin Ron
May 2, 2021
Kim and the entire Nigro family. I am saddened by this news of this gentle giant passing onto eternal life. Kim and I met while working in Mesa Schools and quickly became close with our ties to Buffalo NY. When I eventually moved back, Kim and her family drove across country to visit Buffalo while her parents made their annual trek to Buffalo for the 'cooler' summer. They were all welcome to my home for a good old fashioned cook out with my family and parents and Kim's family and her parents. Two Italian dads hanging out for the first time and it was perfectly fine along with all our kids playing together in the backyard. I hope our dads reconnected up there in heaven and are keeping each other company as they watch over us.
Rich and Martha Neri
May 2, 2021
Dear Valeri and family
We are so sorry for your loss. What a blessing our friendship has been. You moved from McNair Rd. Williamsville in 1981 and have corresponded ever since. I managed to visit you twice since then.
With kindest regards,
May 1, 2021
Valerie, Kim, Lyn and family - So sorry to hear this. We haven't seen you since Jason's Deli closed in Chandler and loved to bump into you there on Sunday's. I always loved my conversations with Bart - he was a brilliant man with strong beliefs. Prayers for everyone.
April 29, 2021
My sincere condolences Valerie to you and your family. You and Bart were great neighbors for years.