Franz Stigler
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STIGLER - FRANZ After a long extraordinary life, Franz passed away on March 22, 2008. Predeceased by his parents Franz, Anna and brother Gustel, he is survived by his loving wife Hija; daughter Jovita; grandchildren Melina, Corbin, Jason and Nathan; great grandchildren Mackenzie and Aidan; niece Christiane (Burkhard); special brother Charlie Brown; soul mates Jim, Anne and many friends. No flowers and service by request.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2008.
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February 26, 2020
God bless you franz.. Im crying my eyes out hearing your story and learning of your adventures of life . Your military career blows me away.. I wish I knew of your final Resting place....
Todd Martin
December 7, 2019
Franz Stigler a true aviator pilot officer for the Luftwaffe that fought for his country. Yet shows that were all human beings. Your shining example will forever live on in our memories. By teaching us that every passing moment is another opportunity to turn it all around.
to honour
and the value life.
Henry Uldall
November 6, 2019
I salute you 1Lt Stigler.
N L King
September 25, 2019
I truly wish I had known this story when I worked with Franz at Hertz Truck Rentals in Burnaby in 1981. In retrospect,in his job as a lead hand mechanic he was a quiet,unassuming jovial,knowledgable,patient and gracious mentor to this 17 yr old worker in the wash bay. His story is amazing, but having known Franz for a very short time I am not surprised by it.
Ben Creigh
August 17, 2019
Your memory will last for ever in the hearts of the people who knows of your chivarly and honour. God bless you. you have not died, you have only gone to one more mission saving lives
Pablo Cardozo
August 16, 2019
It is an honour to know your story... may the Angels be with you
S. Innes
August 8, 2019
A man of extreme honour, with a chivalrous heart, despite the consequences. It took a lot of courage and wit to pull off one of the greatest humanitarian feats of WW2. We salute you.
April 28, 2019
Richard Sloan greatest respect....
Richard Sloan
March 24, 2019
Both of these men are to be honored as brothers. I am glad they were able to meet and become friends. The book was wonderful to read. May they be an example to the rest of us.
Jeff Crosby
March 23, 2019
always in the hearts of people who salute you dear Frannz
vee Dee
March 23, 2019
Reading your story Franz changed my life. Your honour and compassion, also shared by other German pilots is amazing. I also live my life always do the right thing
Thank you Franz. I hope to meet you someday in another world. God bless.
Robyn Leonard
February 26, 2019
Ludwig Franz Stigler ... unvergessen!,_Franz
Flieger As
January 7, 2019
Ruhe en Frieden Herr Öberleutnant! You were a man of compassion, fairness and loyalty to the brotherhood of the air even In times of war. Your fearless chivalry saved the lives of the men on the Ye Old Pub and half a century later you gained a brother in Charles Brown. Ruhe en Frieden to August as well. Well done sir ... well done
william fox
December 5, 2018
May the air under your wings keep you steady , may your compass keep you straight. May the good lord lift you up and keep you flying .
John Alfonso
December 1, 2018
I salute you Franz for your honor and decency. You are a hero to the families you saved through these generations and beyond!
Alan B.
September 5, 2018
LCDR William King and Ensign Thomas King at the beginning of my journey
Franz Stigler. You are the kind of man I strive to be. An honorable man. May god bless you and yours.

As part of your lasting legacy, I will live my life with honor.

CDR Thomas King, USNR-RET
Thomas King
July 1, 2018
Fly, fighting fair, it's the code of the air. For that man that not see an enemy. He becomes a hero of mine.
Stefan Petzold
June 21, 2018
I just wanted to send my condolences to the Stigler family after reading " A Higher Call". What a remarkable and honourable man he was. Having lost my grandfather in Italy during WW2 I have always taken an interest in the events of the 2nd World War. When I picked up this book I found myself unable to put it down. I have come to realize that there was valour and honour on both sides of the conflict and Franz Stigler is perfect example of that. I wish I had the chance to meet him before he passed away. May he rest in peace.
Wally Nowlan
May 22, 2018
I had a friend in England....He really loved the book...a higher call...he died a few years ago, but I always remember him, when I look at the cover of the book....
March 31, 2018
A Higher Call...Great book and story about Franz.....and also about his friendship following WW 2. Glad he was able to share his story. Wishing his family my kindest regards.
Gene Gomes
October 11, 2017
What an honorable man who never lost his faith, his conscience, or his courage in the great tragedy of WWII. Rest in His Peace . . . may God comfort Hija and the family forever.
LTC, USA, ret. Rob Meyer
September 29, 2017
Oberleutnant Franz Stigler - Deutsche Luftwaffe
September 29, 2017
Angel of the sky Oberleutnant Franz Stigler
September 29, 2017
Luftwaffe Hero Oberleutnant Franz Stigler
September 29, 2017
September 29, 2017
Oberleutnant Franz Stigler
September 29, 2017
September 29, 2017
Charlie Brown & Oberleutnant Franz Stigler
September 29, 2017
Oberleutnant Franz Stigler - Luftwaffe
Vater unser im Himmel,
geheiligt werde dein Name;
dein Reich komme;
dein Wille geschehe,
wie im Himmel so auf Erden.
Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute.
Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern;
und führe uns nicht in Versuchung,
sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.

Denn dein ist das Reich und die Kraft
und die Herrlichkeit in Ewigkeit.
Peter Kennedy
August 27, 2017
A man's time on Earth is limited..but his legacy is eternal.

Thank you for showing the world over several generations, that there can still be honor in the most dire of circumstances.
Chuck Schronick
August 12, 2017
If the world was full of people like you Franz it would be a far better place to live in. I salute you sir for you kindness. Kindness is a strength. RIP.
Richard LEWIS
July 26, 2017
The sort of man who restores my faith in the human race
June 26, 2017
Just read the book, A Higher Call. It is incredible to think that a person can live through such tragedy and remain a human being of love and compassion. So happy he had a good life in Canada. Wishing all his family health and happiness--Kind regards, Glen Burrill
Glen Burrill
June 13, 2017
Truly an officer and a gentleman.
John McLatchie
June 9, 2017
Thank you for your kindness towards Charlie Brown and the Ye Old Pub crew. Thank you also for later sharing this beautiful story. RIP.
April 28, 2017
I recently learned about Herr Stiglers amazing act of decency Honor and courage during WWII. I would have liked to have met him to thank him for his humanity. RIP.
Lee Costa
April 25, 2017
Having watched your interview with your Brother, Charles L Brown, I would have liked to let you know that your bravery and compassion brought a grizzled 51 year old to tears.

You Sir are the spark that keeps the flame of human kindess burning in such dark times as you lived through. God Bless you.
Peter Higgins
April 10, 2017
Thank you, As a retired pilot would only know.
Merle Wright
April 3, 2017
Even in the midst of the madness of WWII, an act of kindness to your enemy, at their most vulnerable moment, Franz. Thank you for your good deed, & RIP.
March 28, 2017
Herr Stigler, you are truly a man of honor, a Warrior, a chivalrous knight of old and an inspiration to all.Your actions shall not be forgotten and are forever memorialized in print, painting and words. HORRIDO
Joseph Johnson
March 26, 2017
Franz, you have a new set of wings to wear. Fly high, brother.
Russell Ross
February 25, 2017
Rest In Peace brave and noble soldier
Norman B.
February 24, 2017
Just finished reading a higher call...Franz stigler is an inspiration to us all...And reminds me that one person can make a positive change in the world with a 'simple' act of bravery and compassion.
Rebecca Hanna
February 18, 2017
I think the compassion Franz showed to Charlie such a long time ago is an example to us all.God bless his noble soul.What an amazing man.
Declan Kerins
February 8, 2017
what a fantastic human being. This SHOULD become a movie. I have just returned from a trip to Berlin and I like the way the Germans do not shy away from their history.
Tony Zehnder
January 11, 2017

God bless you for your mercy showed to Ye Olde Pub. By now, God's mercy may have come back to rest on you. Thank you..

For forever,
January 9, 2017
Franz, Friends take care of friends, and God takes care of soldiers--You are now in good hands. (Vietnam 1966)
January 2, 2017
May you be comforted in knowing that "The memory of the righteous is due for a blessing." Proverbs 10:7
December 17, 2016
The chivalry and honor of Franz Stigler in his decision to show mercy in a time of war is an inspiration for us all to do our best for others in tough circumstances.
Rest In Peace
Steve Hopkins
November 26, 2016
Mate what a great man , Franz Stigler will never be forgotten by me that's for sure I am so happy I read his story , My parents passed away 2011 and 2012 , I doubt there will ever be people like this generation again .
Jason Akers
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