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My dad, Mr. B.

If y’all don’t mind, I’m going to take a moment to talk about my dad, Mr. B.

You see, my dad, Donald Sigurd Bugni, passed quietly in his sleep a little more than a week ago – December 23rd, 2011. On Wednesday, the 28th, friends and family gathered at the family church to celebrate his life – on what would have been his 85th birthday. It seemed fitting to bid farewell to this pragmatic, practical, precise engineer on the same day he said hello, 85 years earlier. It’s just like dad to make sure all the loose ends tied up nicely.

He had a sly, sweet smile with “little apple cheeks” that seemed to take his normally solemn face by surprise. He could also be crabby and set in his ways – at least I come by it honestly. 🙂 He had a quick wit. I used to kid, “Dad knew snark before snark was cool.”

Dad worked for Square D Company for 46 years, and he and mom would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this coming Valentine’s Day. Talk about longevity! I learned a thing or two about loyalty from both of them.

I could go on and on and talk about all the wonderful memories of him that live in my heart, but won’t. Suffice it to say, I know lessons learned and wisdom gained from him are tightly woven in the fabric of me. And that’s a good thing.

He’s at peace now. And that has given me (and my family) peace.

I love you Mr. B. Godspeed.  

Donald Sigurd Bugni December 28, 1926 – December 23, 2011

He taught me how to change a car tire 

Don Bugni and friend Kenny July 20, 1942





Dad, in the Army

The Bugni Family - Christmas 1964

Audrey and Don Bugni (Circa 1980s)














Taken New Year's Day 2011, it only seem right Dad takes us into New Year's Day 2012. Happy New Year!



















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  1. Dawn: What a heartfelt post to honor your dad! My deepest condolences to you and your loved ones on his passing. May the many memories you have of him sustain you.

  2. Dawn, as Melissa says, it is a beautiful post and I appreciate you sharing it with all of us. I wish you and your mom and the rest of your family peace and blessings.

  3. Dear Dawn,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My warm sympathy to you and your dear family. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your dad with all of us. With love and deep sympathy,


  4. What a lovely tribute to Mr. B!

    My favorite line: “He had a sly, sweet smile with “little apple cheeks” that seemed to take his normally solemn face by surprise.”

    Warm regards,

  5. Dawn Lennon says:

    This is very special, Dawn. Not only is it a tribute to Mr. B., it’s a reminder about what truly lives on after our lives are spent–all those little things that touch us and stick. All the pieces that get woven into our fiber. All the things that we too will pass along. Your dad left so many of his special things in you. Godspeed to him and god bless to you. ~Dawn

  6. Hanna says:

    I think your a Daddy’s girl just like me. 🙂

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