James L. Bisignano

James L. Bisignano

May 2, 1940 – October 1, 2022

Family will receive friends Saturday, October 8th from 1-3 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m.

Jim grew up in a small town in Maryland.  He married his first wife Susan right after high school and they had five children:  Jim Jr., Tracey, Tony, Chris, and Kevin.  After the death of his first wife, he met Patricia.  They married in 1989.

He joined the Air Force and was proud of his military service.  He spent most of his military time in Puerto Rico, then was transferred to Offutt AFB in Bellevue. He felt there was a lot of opportunity in Nebraska and decided to make it his home.

Jim was a quiet, reserved man and an absolute gentleman.  He was an astute businessman.  At one time he owned and managed two businesses at the Westroads Mall while working fulltime at Crown Cork and Seal, raising a family, and taking classes to earn his college degree.  Jim was an active member of the Machinists Union Local 31 and held the position of treasurer for a number of years.

Jim was a jack of all trades.  His motto was, “why pay someone else to do something you can do yourself?”  If he didn’t know how to do it, he would figure it out as he went, or take a class.  It did not matter if it was electrical, computers, fixing the car, remodeling, etc., it seemed there was nothing he couldn’t do.

Jim was passionate about certain foods; watermelon, corn on the cob and cake.   His famous quote being “there is no such thing as bad cake, some cakes are just better than others.”  His favorite was coconut.  Thanksgiving will never be the same without Jim’s pumpkin walnut pie.

Jim loved his family.  He was a very special and much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.  He loved his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, and they loved him.  They were drawn to him.

His favorite hobby was bicycling.  He rode in BRAN (Nebraska) and RAGBRAI (Iowa) and belonged to the Omaha Bicycle Club.  He rode with club members on weekends while he was working, and as many times as possible when he retired.

Unfortunately, Jim’s biking came to an end due to severe spine issues.  After extensive spine surgery in 2012, Jim was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.   He fought the cancer like a mighty warrior and won!  He was so proud of the fact that he had been cancer free for the past three years.  Sadly, he endured many other medical issues over the past ten years, one of which was a massive heart attack resulting in a quadruple bypass.  Jim never complained and his ability to endure pain was beyond belief.

Jim fought his medical issues through many hospitalizations and always beat the odds, until October 1st when his body said no more.  He was a strong man, a pillar of strength to those who knew him well.  He will be truly missed.  Rest in peace dear Jim.


  • Mark Patach Posted October 5, 2022 4:37 pm

    Its with a heavy heart that those of us at Machinists Local 31 learned of Bis”s passing. Bis was a pillar of strength and a mentor to all of us at 31. During my time as president of the local, anytime I had a major decision , an appointment to make or any action critical to the local I always called Bis first for his input and guidance on the issue at hand. I knew if I had Bis’s seal of approval I was on solid ground. I have reached out to former CCS members who were co-workers of Bis and all just wanted the Bisignano family to know how much Bis was apricated and respected.. From all of us at Local 31 we want the Bisignano family to know we are sorry for your loss. Rest peacefully my brother.

  • Brenda McGinty Posted October 5, 2022 9:04 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll be thinking about you and your family.

  • Jane and Bob Patterson Posted October 6, 2022 6:55 am

    Jennifer and family,

    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Theresa Monestero Vassios Posted October 7, 2022 12:38 pm

    Tracey and family, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Barbara Wade Posted October 10, 2022 4:22 am

    Oh Trish.. so sorry to hear the loss of Jim.. know that your friendship over the years has meant so much to us.. May you know you have been a loving devoted wife and caretaker.. know that he is finally free…
    Much love to you and family.. Barb

  • Sam DePetro Posted October 13, 2022 7:21 am

    A great person and hard worker I always enjoyed working with him at the can company.

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