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The Living ChurchMarch 24, 1996Retired Oregon Bishop Dies 212(12) p. 7

The Rt. Rev. Matthew Bigliardi, retired Bishop of Oregon, died Feb. 26 in Maitland, Fla., of a heart attack. He was 75.

Bishop Bigliardi served in Oregon from 1974 until his retirement in 1986. Following his retirement, he was bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, from 1988 to 1993. He had lived in Carmel, Calif., in recent years.

A native of Charleroi, Pa., Bishop Bigliardi was a graduate of the University of California and Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP). He was ordained deacon in 1953 and priest in 1954 in the Diocese of California. He was curate at Trinity Church, Seattle, 1953-55, then became vicar and later rector of Emmanuel, Mercer Island, Wash., serving there from 1955 until 1974, when he was elected to the episcopate.

Bishop Bigliardi was a deputy to several General Conventions from the Diocese of Olympia, served twice on the board of trustees of CDSP, and was a member of the board of trustees of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, a son, Aidan, and five grandchildren.