The Phantom Regiment Phamily was saddened to learn of the passing of Bob “Vigs” Vigna on May 2 after an eight-year fight with Alzheimer’s. He was 75.

He was father to two Phantom Regiment alumni and a long-time volunteer, booster, board member, and just about everything else. Along with his wife, Kathy, a former Phantom Regiment board president, he also hosted numerous members at his home before the days of camps where the members stayed at the school.

When his older son, John, joined Phantom Regiment Cadets at age 12 in 1980, Vigs got involved with the organization and eventually became assistant director of PRC. His younger son, Brian, joined a short time later at age 10. Both would march numerous years in both PRC and then Phantom Regiment.

He was the organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 1990 and also worked many years as a volunteer for Purple Knights, which helped support Phantom Regiment.

Bob’s wife, Kathy remembers their time with Phantom Regiment fondly in this letter to the corps. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this time.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 28 in Rockford.