Press-Republican

December 6, 2012

Signaigo remembered as hardworking, selfless

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — To those who knew him, Charles Signaigo was a good man.

He was killed Tuesday evening when a car struck him as he rode his bike on Route 9, crossing North Bowl Way near Cumberland 12 Cinemas.

Rose Ero, who worked with Signaigo for 15 years at the North Margaret Street McDonald’s Restaurant in Plattsburgh, said the news of the accident has been difficult on his coworkers there.

She described him as kind, hardworking and selfless.

“He did a lot for the community,” the restaurant manager said. “For him to go out this way was very hard.”

EJECTED FROM BIKE

The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, as Signaigo rode south on Route 9. 

Judith A. Exford, 44, of Morrisonville, traveling northward on Route 9 in a 2006 Honda sedan, was making a left-hand turn onto North Bowl Lane, State Police said.

She told investigators that, at the last second, she saw Signaigo on his bike but was unable to avoid him. 

The bicycle and car collided, ejecting Signaigo from the bike over the hood of Exford’s Honda. 

He struck his head on the pavement, police said, and was not wearing a helmet.

Signaigo, 55, was pronounced dead by Clinton County Coroner David Donah; an autopsy was performed at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. 

The State Police Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit had not yet concluded its investigation into the cause of the accident on Wednesday. 

BIKED EVERYWHERE

Ero spoke of Signaigo’s giving spirit. 

A veteran, he also volunteered with the Salvation Army in Plattsburgh, she said. As part of a four-man Salvation Army contingent, he traveled to ground zero in Manhattan after the 9/11/2011 terrorist attacks to provide support to those working among the rubble. 

They handed out candy bars and other snacks, many donated by North Country folks, to those working long overnight shifts at the City of New York Morgue, along with firefighters, police and others during the heartbreaking, agonizing effort to recover and identify those killed when the Twin Towers fell.

“He would give you the shirt off his back,” Ero said of Signaigo.

His parents are no longer living, and he was an only child, she said.

Signaigo enjoyed watching football and his favorite Major League Baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. 

“He didn’t like to work on Sunday evenings” so he could watch football, she said, laughing. 

He was a dependable employee and friend who was always willing to help, Ero said.

Ironically, Signaigo was killed doing the thing he loved most — biking.

“That was pretty much his life,” Ero said. “He rode his bike everywhere.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com