William B. Bigger, III passed away on March 7, 2016 after a long illness at the age of 77. A commercial real estate broker, Bill was an active member of CCIM, president of the Marina Mile Association, and founding partner of First Florida Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
Formerly, he was Senior V.P. of Real Estate Advisory Services Investment Group with Grubb & Ellis; V.P. of Commercial Sales & Leasing with the Allen Morris Company; and a member of the Florida CCIM Chapter’s Broward District.
Bill relocated to Ft. Lauderdale from NYC in the 70’s after a successful career the commercial printing business. He became a boat distributor at the site of the Bimini Boatyard on 17th Street Causeway which served Florida and all of South America. He also established a boat manufacturing company in Palatka, Florida which still produces one of the top motor yachts available today. Bill’s vision of establishing a marine industry focal point in Ft. Lauderdale took hold and today because of his diligence, Marina Mile, the designated portion of SR 84, showcases those in the business. Bill was instrumental in the development of Marina Mile Business Park, a model project in South Florida.
A member of Calvary Chapel, Bill contributed to the capital improvement fund which helped to create the additions to the church expansion. He was a spiritual being who always felt that the hand of God guided him throughout his life. In addition, he always referred to the motivational book, The Now Book, and gave it as a gift to those he felt would benefit from its inspirational message.
An avid traveler, Bill spent at least 180 days a year traveling the world. His favorite spot was Japan where he visited on business and for pleasure. Most recently, he traveled with the Miami Ski Club to Austria, Chile, Argentina and California. A fisherman, horseman and skier, Bill enjoyed the out of-doors whether on land or sea. A musician in his youth, he had a lifelong interest in classical music and loved the Florida Opera. He relocated to The Villages and semi-retirement four years ago where he enjoyed a slower pace of life.
He is survived by his son, Robert and his daughter Rene, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, a sister Jean and a brother Stephen.
Services and burial will be held in San Clemente, California.