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Biggar, William SAN DIEGO -- Captain William Biggar, USN Retired, died February 16, 2014 at the age of 85. Capt. Biggar (Bill to his friends, Red as a sailor and Sweet William as a child) was a long time resident of San Diego. He died at home under the care of hospice and with his three children at his side. Bill was born August 24, 1928 to Tom and Helen Biggar in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised in Amesbury, MA with his sister, Janet, until the age of 17 at which time he enlisted in the Navy. After receiving an appointment to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Bill graduated as an officer in 1954. His naval career of 33 years began with diesel submarines: his many accomplishments include being among the commissioning crew of the USS Bonefish and having command of the USS Razorback. Bill's Navy career also included serving twice on the USS Chicago and working in the Pentagon. Upon retirement in 1978, Bill and his wife Ann settled into a comfortable life together in San Diego cultivating their home and feeding the birds. Captain William Biggar is a World War II, Korea and Vietnam War Veteran: he received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. Bill is survived by his three children Brian Biggar (Janet), Alexandra Biggar (Bradford Nelson), and Maggie Biggar; grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth and Mikah. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Lora Sandifer plus numerous family members and friends. Since his death his sister Janet Willete has also passed away. He was predeceased by his wife Ann Louise Biggar (Goodmanson) on June 18, 2010. Bill and Ann will be interred together at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego where Bill is to receive military honors. To honor Bill's memory please donate to San Diego Hospice and/or enjoy breakfast at Brothers restaurant (Waring Road) with many of Bill's family.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on June 8, 2014
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