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Douglas George Biggs

Douglas George Biggs

Saturday, November 21st, 1953 - Thursday, January 14th, 2021
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It is with our deepest sorrow we announce our beautiful Doug has passed away.

We are blessed with knowing and loving him. His great qualities of love, compassion, and patience are what made him a wonderful husband, stepfather and friend. The depth of missing him will be unfathomable, but the beautiful memories of our time shared will be with us today and always. When Doug joined us, we became a beautiful family, as he loved and cared for Alyson and Vince like they were his own.

His CD titled “Biggsongs” was released in 2000 at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Some of his many friends in his CD were Laurie MacKenzie as producer, Don & Eric Zueff, Harold Eide, Bob and Kim Russell, Paul O'Neill, Paul James, Barry Mirochnik, Lloyd Peterson, Angel Calnek, John Sharples, John Baran, Dan Donahue, and Paul Kelly.

Doug was a wonderful musician and performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the West End Cultural Centre, acoustic clubs and concerts, solos, and many duos with good friend Laurie MacKenzie.
Doug shared the stage with Eric Bogle, James Keelaghan, Garnet Rogers, Oscar Lopez and Stephen Fearing, and Wally Landreth to name a few. He enjoyed playing at Winnipeg coffeehouses and played with close friends John Venesia, Debra Jonasson-Young, Charles (Chuck) Jonasson and Harold Eide and Jamie Longe’s band. He enjoyed the jams at Mark and Betty Mae Peikoff’s. He loved performing for the pure joy of the music and did so with grace, always receiving warm appreciation from the audience.

Doug was a conductor with CN Rail, he loved working on the trains, travelling the country and seeing many beautiful sunrise and sunsets. His stepchildren Alyson and Vincent remember helping him study his signals when they were young. He made many great friends over the years - John Venesia, Mike Danley, Jamie Longe, Abbie Deacon, Bob McDougall and many more.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Margaret and Maurice, his brothers Melvin and Morris and his mother-in-law Helen McKenna. Helen and Doug had a lot of love for each other and were great friends.

Doug is survived by his wife Kelly McKenna, stepchildren Alyson (Pete), Vincent (Melissa); and nephews: Andrew Biggs and his son Dorian; Michael Biggs (Katy) and their children Weslyn and Ternwell; by sister-in-law Sandy McKenna (Dave Saunders – great golfing getaway buddy) and brother-in-law Terry McKenna (musician soulmate) and Susan Kennedy, Brendan, Liam (Mattie), Siobhan and Calder McKenna; he spent many happy times over the years with friend and ‘Little Brother’ Bill Simpson.

The family would like to extend their real appreciation for the kind and professional support we received from palliative care, Dr. Joel Gingerich at CancerCare, nurses, home care, paramedics, and many years of thoughtful medical care from family doctor, Dr. Stewart Silagy.

Doug’s wishes were cremation with no service, flowers, etc.
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Kevin Sawatsky

Posted at 05:41pm
I have known Doug for many years, I grew up on the same street as him and was very good friends with his step son Vincent and have known the family for many years. My memories of Doug where mainly on Belvedere street. I remember the house they used to live in with the white fence along the back yard. I remember going over there as a child and waiting for Doug to finish mowing the lawn so Vincent and I could play in the back yard with the family dog Bailey. Vincent and I sometimes found our way into trouble at school with the principal, I remember being concerned about what my mother was going to do to me, and jealous of Vincent that he was not going to be in deep trouble with Doug and his parents. Doug asked if Vincent learned his lesson and was understanding, calm and loving. That is how I remember him. Sometimes with a guitar in his hands and always with a smile on his face. Later on in life I would go over to their new house and have a BBQ with the family. Doug always welcomed me and had a caring soul. I remember him from growing up and know how much he was loved and will be missed by the ones closet to him. My thoughts and positive vibes are going out to the family. Farewell Doug.

A. Christine Chisholm

Posted at 03:30pm
I was so fortunate to meet Doug and Kelly several years ago through mutual friends, Laurie MacKenzie and Abbie Deacon. Doug's quirky sense of humour(dry wit), goofy smile and lovely voice always made me smile. A couple of years ago he gave me a Thank you copy of " biggsongs" and it has become a favourite cd to play. It's like a visit from an old friend. His generosity of spirit and honesty of self that he shared with me touched me deeply. I may not have known Doug for a long time but he was one of those people we are graced to meet in our lives that just fit in our hearts with no effort at all. I am so grateful that I am able to call him and Kelly true friends. Doug your loss will be felt for ages to come... Namaste my Friend..... Christine Chisholm

Bob McDougall

Posted at 12:27am
Doug and I worked together on the railroad for many years. He always impressed with his knowledge and ability to stay calm in a stressful situation. Doug was also humble about his many talents. When he finally revealed his musical gift, I was blown away by his talent. Not only a guitar player, but a great singer and song writer as well. Always willing to share the stage with his friends. On the train, Doug would often talk about Kelly and what Vince and Aly were up to. Debbie and I always enjoyed the hospitality extended at Kelly and Doug's home. You were definitely one of a kind Doug, it was great to be your friend and we miss you very much.

Chuck Jonasson

Posted at 11:30pm
Fifty years of friendship, but more than a friend Doug, you were a brother. We shared dreams, we shared music, we shared youth and adventure. You gave it your all, to your music, your love, your friendships, your fight to remain ... a gentle soul with the heart of a lion. It's your voice I'll hear next to mine whenever we pull out the old setlist, your kind smiling eyes I'll see when I don't quite hit the note, a gentle constant reminder that the joy isn't in perfection but in the connection we make when gathered in song.

John Venesia

Posted at 08:21pm
I had the pleasure of meeting Doug when he hired on at CN. He was a great guy to work with.
One day we were talking music and I invited him over to jam. When he arrived he brought out his guitar and started play.
Myself and the other people there were no where near as talented, so we just listened.
It was a concert in my basement.
His talent was world class. He was as kind and generous with his knowledge as the songs he wrote.
Doug it was great learning from you. You were an awesome teacher.
I'm glad we got to play some guitar together.
I'm glad we got to know each other's familis.
Myself, Mary and Benjamin will miss you.


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