David C. Bigelow, former CEO of Bigelow Tea, with his wife, Eunice, in a photo posted on the company’s website. 

Westport resident David C. Bigelow, who led Fairfield-based Bigelow Tea through more than 40 years of innovation and expansion, died June 27, 2023. He was 96.

In a statement posted on Bigelow Tea’s website, his daughter, Cindi, who succeeded him as the company president and CEO, said: 

“It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of my father, David Bigelow. My father passed away peacefully on Tuesday night, June 27, after having been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma fifteen months ago.

“My family, as well as our extended family at Bigelow Tea, are completely devastated but grateful for the time we had together. He was an extraordinary leader who led our company, and the tea industry, with the highest level of integrity and an unwavering spirit of determination.

“My father was my mentor for my entire life both personally and professionally. He never wavered from the traits I admired the most. He was a humble, grateful and a kind man. 

“He leaves a big hole for so many of us, but we will continue forward with the lessons he taught us all … think about others before self

“I have been the luckiest daughter in the world having my father, David C. Bigelow, by my side for 63 years. He was truly one of the greatest gifts in my life.” 

Funeral arrangements for David Bigelow, according to his obituary, include calling hours on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in Fairfield. 

A celebration of his life will take place at 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 25, at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road in Fairfield.

Read the complete obituary posted at legacy.com.                    

Memorial contributions are requested for the David and Eunice Bigelow Foundation. Donations can be made via Paypal or checks mailed to 201 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825 (Attn.: Janned Serrano).