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BIGG – Gary John

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.

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  1. Irene Iwaniuk :

    Marlene and Family,
    My deepest condolence and prayers at this time of sorrow. Sorry to hear of Garys passing.
    Irene Iwaniuk

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  2. Arlene Devrome :

    Marlene and Family,
    Gary was larger than life. All of us who knew him were privileged. My sincere condolences and thoughts are with you and yours at this time.
    Arlene Devrome

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  3. Michael & Renae Tims :

    To Marlene, to Patrick, and to all the members of your family:

    We learned with great regret of your loss of Gary.We know that he will be much missed by family and friends alike.
    His laughter and his kindness to others will nonetheless be long remembered.
    Please accept the sincere sympathy of all of the members of the Tims family.

    Yours sincerely,
    Michael & Renae Tims and family

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  4. Robert Rivard :

    Gary was a great influence to our family with his indepth concern for our son. This has resulted in him now having a succesful career. We are saddened by this news and our thoughts are with all of his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

    Bob and Janet Rivard

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  5. Terrence Kulasa :

    Dear Marlene and boys
    I am shocked and very saddened to learn of Gary’s death. I am in a 3 day discovery this week, otherwise I would drive down with Yolanta. I talked with Ward Hanson who had a costs application with Gary only a few months ago, and Ward said Gary did not look sick, so it must have hit Gary fast, whatever it was. So sorry for your loss. a great guy and a super lawyer for the injured. Gary always persevered.
    Regards
    Terry

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  6. Marlene & family,
    Deepest condolences on the loss of your soul mate. It seems such a short time ago that we worked together at MR. I hope that as time goes on you will feel the peace and respite that you earned during the difficult months of Gary’s illness.
    Gary Cable, Tamara & Alexa

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  7. Judy Stawnychko :

    Marlene & family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father. Gary was a passionate supporter of all the non-profit brain injury service providers in Calgary. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him and knowing him.
    Sincerely,
    Judy Stawnychko, Executive Director
    Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)

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  8. Yolanta Kulasa :

    Dear Marlene and family,
    What a shock to hear of Gary’s passing – my sincere condolences to your whole family.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers,
    With deepest sympathy,
    Yolanta

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  9. I was deeply saddened to hear about your loss. He was a wonderful man and I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

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  10. Flo and Metro Fryk :

    Marlene I am so sorry to hear that Gary has gone on to another place to practice his special talents. We are honoured to have known him and will remember him always. My prayers are with you and the boys. I will be giving you all hugs and support in the days to come. When you are able to come to the cabin please let me know as I would like to be there for you and give you support.

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  11. Dear Marlene and family and Dori and Effie,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Gary’s death. I will always remember what a great kid he was. He grew to be a wonderful and kind man and a good lawyer. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. It is much too early. I hope that all of you will be able to take some comfort in knowing how very well regarded he was.

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  12. Del and Judy Anderson :

    Marlene, we read with regret the announcement of Gary’s death. Gary made our long arduous journey through the courts almost fun; he was indeed larger than life.

    Poor Polar, give him a big hug from us.

    Regards,
    Del and Judy Anderson

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  13. Olivier Fuldauer :

    Marlene & sons,
    My thoughts are with you. Gary was a profoundly caring person and I sympathize for your loss.
    Olivier Fuldauer

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  14. Marlene, Steve, Matthew, and Patrick,
    I was so sad to hear of your loss of a husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, and I hope your wonderful memories will give you peace and comfort.
    Vivian Wiebe (Prince of Wales teacher)

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  15. Elaine Pytel :

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. God bless.

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  16. The Carrington Family :

    Marlene, Steve, Matt and Patrick,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and are thinking of you during these difficult times. Nicole has often expressed that you were her second family during high school and understands how much Gary will be missed. His passionate support of others in need will long serve as an example to all of us. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    The Carrington Family

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  17. Peter Idahosa :

    Our sincere condolence to you and your family . We appreciate his support towards enhancing quality of life for individuals with Brain Injury .

    Peter Idahosa on behalf of Staff & Clients- Inglewood Group Home

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  18. Marlene, Steve, Matthew and Patrick,

    My family and I share your deep sadness at the loss of Gary. His was a life well led – a man of great character, compassion and insight. He was that rare breed, possessed of penetrating intellect and a great heart. He has been a wonderful friend these past 33 years.

    We hold you in our hearts.
    Michael, Christopher, Rohan and the extended Ede family

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  19. Elizabeth Hogarth :

    No one’s death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness. Hermann Broch

    My sympathy to Marlene, Steven, Matthew, Patrick & Polar.

    Elizabeth Hogarth

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  20. Bouvry Family :

    To Marlene, Patrick, Matthew and Steve,

    Eliot, our son, is a friend of Mat & Pat. Through them we witness your loss.

    Claude & Louise

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  21. Andre Darmas :

    We are so sorry for your loss. A man of great character, and a great heart. Please receive our condolence. From me and my Family,
    Andre, Security guard at Amec Place

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  22. Lana & Martin Jones, Daniel Pratt :

    Marlene, Steve, Matt & Patrick
    We are so very saddened by this terrible loss. News only reached me today and our hearts ache for you all. My hope is that the prayers and good wishes from all of those who loved and respected Gary, will help you through this time of grief.

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  23. Allan H. Wachowich :

    Mrs. Marlene Bigg
    Calgary, AB

    Dear Mrs. Bigg:

    It was with sadness that I read the announcement in the Edmonton Journal about Gary’s passing. I write to express my condolences to you and your family on your loss as regrettably I am unable to attend the funeral service set for August the 5th which would be the occasion when many members of our profession would get together to celebrate his life.

    I came to know Gary when I was practicing as a barrister and solicitor. At that time, we had a number of files where we were on the opposite side. It became obvious to me at this early date that he was a gentleman and a man of integrity and that he certainly knew how to conduct himself in an honorable manner as a lawyer and thus was a credit to the Bar. After I came to the bench, some 36 years ago, Gary came before me on a number of occasions. His professional manner was obvious and he showed respect not only to the bench but also to his fellow practitioner who would be on the opposite side of the case. He will not only be remembered for those fine characteristics but also for the generous manner in which he gave so much to his profession, and in particular, being one of the founders of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association which has thrived as an organization since its founding. Gary gave so much to his community and lived life to the fullest and one has to assume that he was a devoted husband, father and family member.

    I write not only to express condolences but hopefully to indicate to you that there are many members of the profession who have the same views as I have about Gary as a lawyer and a citizen at large. Notes such as this are meant to ease the trauma of your loss. Those who suffer most are the family members whose love and devotion was shared during his lifetime. This era has now come to an end but with a sense of faith that he will go on to his just reward from his father in Heaven. May this fine lawyer, husband, father and outstanding citizen, Gary John Bigg rest in peace.
    Yours sincerely,

    Allan H. Wachowich

    AHW/bn

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  24. Elaine & John Nesta :

    Dear, Marlene, Steven, Matthew & Patrick,

    Thinking of you during this very sad time… know that we care and send prayers for your strength and courage. Gary will never be forgotten.

    Love, Elaine, John, James & Andrew

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  25. Marlene and Family;
    My deepest condolences to you. Gary was a wonderful guy, a credit to his family and his profession. It was so great to see you both last fall at the law school reunion and so very sad to hear of his untimely passing so soon thereafter. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May all of your wonderful memories help to comfort you.
    With Kindest Regards, Jean Coutts

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  26. Margot Henderson :

    Marlene and boys
    I just heard the very sad news about Gary. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

    Margot, John, Jamie, Anna Lisa

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  27. Heather Mcclure :

    Marlene I hope you are starting to heal from the pain of losing Gary .I think of him often and I wanted you to know how much everything you and Gary did for me. You are truly two of the nicest people I have ever met.

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