February 3, 1951 – July 29, 2010
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gary John Bigg, age 59, Barrister and Solicitor, on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Gary was the soul mate and best friend of Marlene, his wife of thirty-seven years; a devoted father to his three sons, Steven (Pamela Daitch), Matthew and Patrick; and a hero to his loyal dog, Polar.
As a man with an extraordinary passion for the law and the administration of civil justice, Gary gave selflessly and generously of his time and resources to the practice of law for over thirty years. He was the co-founder of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, the leader and a volunteer for the 9/11 Kahnawake Mohawk victims through the Trial Lawyers Care initiative, the Alberta Governor for the American Association for Justice, and Vice-President of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre for many years. Gary believed in sharing information and knowledge to better serve justice, and devoted many hours to attending and speaking at conferences around the world.
Gary’s insatiable love of life and music, his wry sense of humour and his enthusiasm for the outdoors, adventure and travel was infectious. Gary was larger than life to all who knew him well and his passing will leave a great void. We are comforted by our memories of time spent with him and the lessons he taught us as he bravely dealt with his illness.
Besides his wife and children, also left to mourn Gary’s passing are his mother Effie; brother Gordon (Cathey Eves); sister Dori Wood (James Doleman); brother-in-law Don Richardson (Karen Buehler); aunt and godmother Gladys Bigg; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Walter, and his infant brother David Alexander.
Funeral Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Memorial tributes may be made directly to The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BIRC), 2nd Floor, 815 – 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3P2 (Tel: 403-297-0100) or to The Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 0R9 (Tel: 403-410-1111). The family sincerely thanks Palliative Home Care Services for all their help and support.
In living memory of Gary Bigg, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences