Lori Susan Bigelow, the retired co-president of the famed Bigelow Tea Company, has died at the age of 66.
Bigelow, who grew up in Westport, died Monday, Feb. 24, at her home in Wilton, her obituary said.
During her years in Westport, Bigelow fell in love with gymnastics. She then went on to Keene State College and was the captain of the team.
Several years after graduation, she joined the family firm and became renowned for her gift in creating some of the most flavorful and successful teas in the company's portfolio today, the obituary said.
Bigelow was a member of the USA and Canadian Tea Association for many years and retired from being the co-president at Bigelow in 2006.
During her years at the helm, Bigelow was instrumental in the family's purchase of the Charleston Tea Garden in South Carolina in 2003. Today it is a thriving destination spot.
Bigelow is survived by her parents, Eunice and David Bigelow, her sister Cindi Bigelow, her niece and nephew, David Bigelow O'Hara and Meghan Campbell O'Hara. She also leaves behind her partner, David McDonald.
A wake will be held on Friday, March 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield followed by inurnment in the Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090, https://secure.aspca.org/donate/donate.
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