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Beloved Resident Sig Fossdal, Dead at 70

Sigurd I. Fossdal, 70, died Sept. 28 in Miami, Fla., where he had been hospitalized after a fall in St. Thomas on Aug. 4.
"Sig," as he was known, brought his singular brand of humor and love to St. Thomas, the community he adopted more than 30 years ago. In the late ’70s he embarked on a sailing adventure that led him to San Juan and on to St. Thomas. He is remembered for his love of his fellow man, kindness to those less fortunate, and his sincere love and care of his friends, He is also remembered for his love of his beloved pets (cats and dogs).
He adopted the island in general, and Frenchtown in particular. There he held court at the drop of a hat with one and all. His generosity of spirit spread itself over the small community. If there was a lost soul about, somehow, he or she would gravitate to Sig.
He and his wife, Bettie, loved to share their home with friends (many were yachties far away from home). At their Estate Pearl home, traditions were followed and set – Flamingo Party, Greek Orthodox Easter Party, the annual Christmas Party (25 years), and numerous other events. He loved his food and drink. He was an accomplished amateur chef, entertaining friends at small dinners and large parties was a great joy to him.
Sig was born in Chicago, Ill., October 8,1939. His parents, Sigurd and Inez Fossdal immigrated to Chicago in the ’30s from Norway.
He is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Bettie Biggs Fossdal, daughter Brooks Annarino, his beloved granddaughter Blakely Annarino and grandson Brice Tadlock of Texas.
Wake and burial at sea to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society of St. Thomas would be greatly appreciated.

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