Henry Alexander Ghigo, Sr. ’56

Henry Alexander Ghigo, Sr. ’56, of Shelby, N.C., died June 13, 2009, at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. He was born Oct. 8, 1934, in New York, N.Y., to the late Henry Francis Ghigo and Jenny Susan Ghigo. Ghigo attended Davidson and graduated from King College in Bristol, Tenn. He was a veteran, having served in the Army. He worked as terminal manager for Waldensian Bakeries in Shelby for many years and after that at Eaton Corporation in Kings Mountain. He was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, where he served as treasurer, elder, and trustee. He was a member of the Shelby Community Lions Club serving in various capacities, including president, and was the recipient of the Melvin Douglas Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the fraternal organization Le Phare des Alpes in Valdese. He loved gardening, winemaking, stamp and coin collecting, and rug making, as well as N.C. Tar Heels basketball. He enjoyed visiting with friends, carpentry projects, and tools that went with it. He was a good friend, good father, and excellent husband. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his godparents, John Peter Rostan, Sr. and Irma Ghigo Rostan, who raised him; and cousins, Athos Rostan, Sr. and John Peter Rostan, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Miller Ghigo, 408 Robinwood Dr., Shelby, NC 28150-5555; son, Alex Ghigo; daughter, Anne Marie Ghigo; sister, Ada Ghigo Canal (Felix); nieces, Carol Canal King (Dan) and Lynn Canal Kennell (Tom); and nephew, David Canal (Terry).