STANLEY C. BIGGS QC, LSM, JD, LL.B 1913 - 2008 The family of Stanley Champion Biggs mourns his passing on June 8th, 2008, after a short illness. Stan was born in Toronto in 1913 and was called to the Bar in 1939, then immediately enlisted in the army. As a 2nd lieutenant, later promoted to captain with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, he fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day 1944 and saw 86 days of front-line action until wounded in the leg. During convalescence, he continued on in England as a military lawyer for the Judge Advocate's General Branch and later was attached to British counsel during the famous Lord Haw-Haw treason trials. After the war, he successfully developed his law practice back in Toronto following the footsteps of his father and grandfather. For over 50 years, he continued practising the law he loved. In 1995, Stan received the Law Society Medal for distinguished service from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Meanwhile, he was also busy with his growing family as well as becoming involved in his community: in professional associations; as a school trustee; and as honorary solicitor for several prominent charitable organizations. He was a keen golfer and squash player. Stan also was an early environmentalist, starting in the late 1940s to re-forest land northwest of Toronto, eventually planting over 150,000 trees. His wife, Barbara, predeceased him in 2005 in their 65th year of marriage. Fondly remembered, they leave behind four children: Christopher, Barrett, John and Dinny, as well as seven grandchildren. At age 94, Stan completed his memoirs in a book called As Luck Would Have It in War and Peace , with Trafford Publishing. It recalls many of his challenges, accomplishments and reflections during his long life. A reception open to friends and family on Tuesday, June 17th between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. will be held at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (west of Yonge), Toronto, M4R 1A8 (416-489-8733). Messages can be sent to the family at the above address or email below. At Stan's request, a graveside service will be a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice to support the work of people who in Stan's words, are 'doing good for its own sake while here on earth.'
Published in Toronto Star from Jun. 14 to Jul. 14, 2008.