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James “Fred” Triggs, Jr.

JAMES “FRED” TRIGGS, JR. 86, son to Fred Sr. and Mary Triggs (both deceased), husband of 60 years to Carol (deceased), and father to 5 devoted daughters (Mary, Sally, Lisa, Meg, and his Italian daughter Daniela Roggero) passed from this life in to eternity on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

In 1955, Fred graduated from the University of Notre Dame (and was a passionate “Domer” thereafter) with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He worked in this field for the next 61 years as a business owner, inventor, consultant, and mentor.  In 1984, he was named President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Cleveland, and in 1997 was recognized as an “Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year” by ASCE.  Although he worked daily through his 82nd year, he believed that “if you love what you do, you don’t ‘work’ a day in your life.”

Fred was a kind, loving husband to Carol, a dedicated, patient and fun father to his 5 girls and their husbands, and a proud, involved, and very funny gramps to 8 grandchildren and 1 (almost 2) great grandchildren.

As an adventurous soul, Fred traveled extensively for both work and pleasure. He wrote volumes of essays about the wonders of life, exercised religiously well in to his eighties, fed stray cats for years, walked the Camino de Santiago at age 82, went to Mass and took communion faithfully, painted beautifully with watercolors, greeted every single human being with a smile, and followed his heart without reservation.  He knew no other way than to be completely genuine, and to the world’s benefit, his true self was exceptionally interesting, intelligent, generous, creative and kind.

Fred will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and by an incredible group of caregivers who helped him move gracefully through his final years.  Ultimately, Fred left life as he lived it, with tenacity and patience, and surrounded by love.

In order to promote scientists and engineers around the world, donations may be made in Fred’s name to Hope for Kabingo, a charity close to Fred and Carol’s hearts, at hopeforkabingo.org. The charity’s latest mission is to build a science building to educate underpriviledged, but dedicated students in Kabingo, Uganda.

The Triggs family will receive guests on Monday, August 26 at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME, 4600 MAYFIELD RD., SOUTH EUCLID FROM 4 – 8 PM. Fred’s Funeral Mass will be at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 5381 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Heights at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 27th.   He will then be buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. On-line obituary and guestbook at www.DeJohnCares.com

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  1. Tina and Chris Jurcisin

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of you dad! What a lifetime of beautiful memories! God bless you all. Sending and prayers of strength and love your way.

  2. My Condolences to the family keeping you all in my prayers may God Grant you all the strength in this difficult time

  3. Mary Ellen augustin

    Oh Lisa. So sad for you. Peace with wonderful memories.

  4. Cathy & Stan Turner

    What a blessing your father was in so many ways! Stan & I are thinking about you & your family.

  5. My deepest condolences to you all during this time of goodbye! Heaven is a fortunate place now that your father is there~God Bless you these days ahead.

  6. We have only happy memories of your father with your family. So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great man.

  7. Lisa and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close during this time.
    The Welch Family

  8. My condolences to you Sally and Stewart, and to your extended family. Your father was quite an amazing person, and the love you have for him will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all today. May you feel embraced by your friends and family and the love of God. Peace be with you. I’m out of town this week and unable to attend the visiting hours and funeral Mass for your father.

  9. Kathleen Bridgewood

    To Meg , Lisa, Sally and Mary and Families, blessings and peace at this sad time Kathleen Bridgewood

  10. Dear Triggs Family,
    I can still see your dad’s sparkling eyes when he was amused by something that someone said, most probably one of you girls. Mary, Sally, Lisa and Meg, I was your babysitter way back when… more than 50 years ago! My name back then was Dee Dee Deucker and you were a favorite family of mine. I remember watching many episodes of Gilligan’s Island with you before bedtime. And your dad was so kind as he walked me home.. making conversation with a 14 or 15 year-old could not have been easy! I know you recently lost your mom as well. It is difficult to say goodbye for now to one’s parents, but you have the gift of having had them and each other.

    May life bring you all many Blessings.
    With my deepest sympathy,

    Diane Siska (Dee Dee)

    • Dee Dee/Diane, how wonderful to hear from you. I absolutely adored you when you babysat for us! As I remember, you lost your mother a very long time ago. Thank you for reconnecting with us. Please keep us in your prayers, and you will be in ours as well.

  11. To Sally, Meg, Lisa, Mary and your families, My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Fred and Sally over the last 30 years and found that Fred never changed from being a kind, intelligent, and thoughtful person. He was always positive and shared happy memories of his family, always showing his great love for each of you. I am grateful for having met such a wonderful human being. Sally, I see many of his fine qualities in you and appreciate them. I am sorry I have not had the pleasure of meeting your sisters. I will keep all of you in my prayers as you grieve his loss.

  12. Esther and I will never forget the wonderful time that we had during the trip to Italy. Fred an Donny provided the best of everything! His daughters will miss a very special father.

  13. Condolences to the Triggs Family. Fred was a colleague and a friend. He will be thoroughly missed by the whole geotechnical community of North East Ohio.

  14. To Mary, Sally, Meg and Lisa –
    I know you all must be mourning the loss of your Dad who was a wonderful man. The Payne family could not have asked for better neighbors than your Dad, Mom and all of you. The quality of friendship and civility that we enjoyed seems rare in today’s world. I’ll remember your Dad as someone to emulate in making the world a better place – that’s a great legacy for someone to leave. My sympathy to you all.

    • Thank you Bill. We loved growing up
      Next to the Payne family. I
      Like to think your dad and mother and father are friends and neighbors in heaven. Xo

  15. Fred was a gift to all who had the pleasure of spending time with him. He was full of warmth, insight, love, intelligence, compassion and understanding. I will forever be grateful for the years of shared Thanksgiving Day deserts, occasional dinners and other celebratory events shared. His legacy lives on in his family. I will miss him

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