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Robert R. Pigula
February 17, 1939 - April 07, 2018


Life Legacy
Robert R. Pigula, “Bob”, age 79, passed away Saturday morning, April 7th, 2018, at St. John Providence Park Hospital, Novi.

Robert Richard Pigula was born to Sylvester and Clara Pigula on February 17, 1939. The family grew with the addition of his sister, Loretta, and his brother Jerry.

Bob attended St. Stanislaus Church and school through the 8th grade. After purchasing a home, the family moved to Detroit's far West Side where Bob attended Cody High School.

As his first job, Bob drove a delivery truck for 7UP. He spent the next several years as a salesman for various companies. He later joined Ree Ron Sales as a partner where he worked as a toy and novelty salesman for the next 40 years.

Bob met his first wife, Patricia “Pat”, on a ski trip with their youth group and were married on April 25, 1964. They bought a house in Westland, moved to Livonia and later to Farmington Hills where they resided for the next 26 years. Together they raised Rochelle, Christopher, Stephen, Matthew, Cyndi and Theresa. In addition to raising 6 children, they fostered 3 other children. They celebrated 43 years of marriage together until Pat died in 2007.

Bob found a caring woman, Virginia “Ginny” Evangelista, whom he married in June of 2009. They lived together in Milford, where they attended St. Mary’s Church and worked with St. Vincent De Paul to help those in need.

Throughout his life, Bob displayed tremendous musical talent. He played a multitude of instruments including the guitar, banjo, trumpet, harmonica, organ and, of course, the accordion. He surprised many a crowd at countless events, such as, graduation parties and wedding receptions, with his accordion playing. Most never knew the identity of this mysterious music man in costume who brought music, entertainment and laughter to all. He also played the role of Santa on many an occasions every year. He gave away hundreds of presents during each Holiday season.

He used his gift to entertain with sing-a-long songs at retirement villages, churches, convalescent centers and group homes. After each performance, he spent time to be a witness for Christ and asked his audience to do the same, to spread some joy to each person they would meet that day and the next. He asked, in the words of Christ, "To love one another as I have loved you".

Later in life, he enjoyed crafting thousands of mini flower bouquets and angel pins to pass out as gifts to all the ladies he met at hospitals, convalescent homes, church groups, restaurants, and everyday places. Bob never went anywhere without his fanny pack full of toys, trinkets and flowers to give away and bring smiles to anyone who crossed his path.

The most important thing to Bob was his faith. He started each day with the prayer of St. Francis. He lived each verse to the fullest, especially the line, "Where there is sadness, joy". He also shared his Daily Prayer with strangers and let them know that they were strangers no more, but brothers and sisters to him. He loved each person as Christ loved us. He was most interested in finding the good in each person he met and wished to make people happy and laugh.

Bob loved his family and had countless friends. He touched the lives of so many people. Some may not even know his real name. Whether they knew his actual name or simply knew him as “The Toy Man”, he will be missed dearly.

The Pigula family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, April 12th, and Friday, April 13th, from 2-8 PM.

The rosary will be prayed Friday evening at 7 PM.

Bob's funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 14th, at 10:00 am (in state at 9:30 am) at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23615 Power Rd, Farmington.

Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, will follow mass.

The family suggests donations be made to Leprosy Relief Society, http://www.slc-lr.ca.

Kindly keep Bob and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


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