Keith Douglas Alan Pigney , 80, of Taunton, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Kirsti A. (Kytosaho) Pigney. They were married for 54 wonderful years.
Born in Wimbledon, England, United Kingdom. He was the son of the late James Potter and Edna Margaret (Hardy) Pigney.
Prior to making his home in Taunton, Keith served in the Royal Air Force in England, followed by achieving his engineering degree at Southhall Technical College. He worked as an engineer on inertial navigation systems for Ferranti International plc, which led him to emigrate with his family in 1968 to the U.S. to work on the LEM navigation system for the Apollo 8 through 12 manned moon missions at RCA Aerospace in Burlington MA. He worked as an engineer for Stone and Webster in Boston and later moved on to Metcalf and Eddy, working as an environmental engineer, designing sewage treatment plants. In 1971, he moved his family to Taunton, MA and worked designing paper mill processing and rolling machines for Mount Hope Machinery in 1977. He later moved to Teledyne Rodney Metals in New Bedford, MA, where he managed an engineering team designing exotic metal rolling machines. He designed many new inventions, including a patent for a metallic particle generating device. He rose through the ranks to executive Vice President for Teledyne Corporate and retired at age 65. He continued working after retirement as an engineering consultant for Brodeur Machine Company of New Bedford and finally retired at the age of 73 in 2010.
Keith was an avid fisherman, enjoyed riding motorcycles, building computers, competitive shooting and traveling all over the world on Holland America cruises.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children, Andrew K. Pigney, and Michael J. Pigney, both of Taunton; two brothers, Malcom James Pigney and Ian Pigney; and a granddaughter, Lauren Pigney. Keith was the grandfather of the late Erin Pigney and brother of the late Edna Pierce.
Keith’s wishes were to have all funeral services private. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sowiecki Funeral Home , 69 West Britannia Street, Taunton. In lieu of flowers, donations to: https://www.gofundme.com/kirstis-medical-and-bills-fund , in Keith’s memory would be deeply appreciated. For online condolences, please visit: www.sowieckifh.com