STEPHEN WILLIAM BIGGS
March 1954 - June 2022
It is with great sadness that the family announce the sudden passing of Stephen (“Steve”) William Biggs on June 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stephen passed away peacefully at the age of 68.
Stephen is survived by his daughter Stephanie (Darren) Biggs, his grandson Finley Biggs, and older brother Michael (Natalie) Biggs. Stephen is predeceased by his father George (“Bill”) Lee Sheridan Biggs, his mother Charlotte Grew Biggs and eldest brother Tim Biggs.
Stephen was born in Toronto, Ontario in March of 1954 to his parents George and Charlotte, he was the youngest of three boys; Tim, Michael and then there was Stephen. Growing up in Ontario Stephens family also owned a cottage located in Lake Baptiste, many cherished memories took place at the family cottage. A memory recounted by his brother Michael, has Stephen (age 3) spending hours on the deck with his life jacket on in a small kiddie pool with a number of small fish, the family cocker spaniels would dive for the fish as Stephen happily played with his water toys. While star gazing one night with the family, young Stephen looked at the sky and said “Had it the moon”. It was at that moment; they knew then they had a dreamer.
Stephen attended Armour Heights Public School from kindergarten to grade six, he then attended Ledbury Park from grades seven to nine followed by Northern Secondary School for the duration of high school. Stephen always favoured the more creative side of learning and in his teens, Stephen discovered his love of music and the drums. When Stephen got his first set of drums, he taught himself by playing along to records, it didn’t take long for him to get the hang of it. Steve’s solo act could be heard all through the house, this became a daily addition to life at home. Steve would later go on to act as the drummer in the band “Parts found in sea”. The band gained large popularity in the Toronto music scene and released records such as “Can See the Forest” and “Every Soul’s House”
In addition to Steve’s love for music, he also had a passion for photography. His natural talent for photography allowed him to express himself through film, capturing moments all over the world. You would be hard pressed to find Steve without a camera in his hand. Some of Steve’s most memorable photographic moments taking place in Europe 1980. Steve was fortunate enough to do a tour through Europe and spent a month in Portugal, during this time, he was greeted nonstop by people curious to meet the young Canadian traveler. Steve traveled to countless places over the years, including Greece, the Netherlands and Myrtle Beach.
In 1987 Steve met Roberta Sveinson. The couple lived together in Toronto and would later elope to Koh Samui Thai Land. In 1989 The two moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. With his yellow Canoe strapped to the top of his red GTI they made the trip from Toronto to Winnipeg to start a new chapter. Steve started work as a graphic artist at BW Imaging. Steve worked as a graphic artist for a large part of his career, spending several years being employed by Pollard Banknote. For the past several years Steve was employed by Mayberry Fine Art where he spent his time framing and installing art. Steve rather enjoyed his time there, being in a creative outlet around beautiful creations suited him well.
In February of 1992 Steve and Roberta welcomed their first and only child Stephanie Eulah. Steve would describe the birth of his daughter Stephanie as “one of the most amazing events of my life”. Steve proudly took on the role of being a father. He was the first to hold Stephanie, he can be seen in photographs proudly gazing down at the new little bundle. As Stephanie grew, Steve was in amazement of every new milestone. As of recently he would proudly tell the story of Stephanie’s first introduction to her two wheeled bike. Stephanie hopped on, and with a little coaching from dad she was off like a rocket: no training wheels in sight! Riding came naturally to Stephanie, just like it had for Steve.
Throughout the years Steve instilled his adventurous side in Stephanie. He often took Stephanie camping, visiting places such as Flower Pot Island in Ontario, or Black Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park. Some of Stephanie’s fondest memories of her father took place on those camping trips. Steve taught Stephanie how to paddle a canoe, how to start a camp fire, how to set up a tent; the memories are endless. In earlier years Steve taught Stephanie to swim at the family cabin in Victoria Beach.
In 1992 Steve joined the band Urban gorilla. Their funky sound caught the attention of many, this gave them the opportunity to play over 200 shows in their span of playing together until 2002.They frequently played gigs at local Italian restaurant and lounge The Bella Vista (The Bella as regulars would call it). This became a regular spot for Steve. Along with his passion for music, Steve loved to ride. At a young age Steve passion for bicycle's was apparent, at the age of 16 he got a 10-speed bike and would ride all over town with friends. Later in life Steve became involved in groups through Gord’s Cycle and Ski, they would partake in Wednesday night rides, Thursday night rides and epic rides on Sundays. Steve would meet some of his closest friends in Winnipeg at this time, a chosen family of bike enthusiasts; they all shared a common love for the great outdoors. Steve and the crew traveled bicycles in tow to places such as Ingolf, Eagle head lake and one of his favorite cities to ride, Fernie in British Columbia.
In May of 2017, Steve’s Grandson Finley was born. Steve eagerly showed up the hospital camera in hand ready to meet his first grandbaby. What an amazing sight to see Steve with Finley, true love. He was a very proud Grandpa. Steve had countless friends through life but most notably was his loyal companion, Boomer. If you knew Steve, you know Boomer. Boomer was passed down to Steve from a close friend and they immediately hit it off. Boomer would ride along the crew of cyclists and was dubbed one of the “World's Best Trail Dogs”. Steve named his house “The senior's home” as Boomer and other furry companion Ziggy the cat were aging gracefully alongside Steve.
Stephen Lived a life full of passion and excitement. The common description of Steve was a laid-back guy ready for any adventure life was to throw at him. Steve’s accomplishments in his life are inspiring to many. A lesson learned from Steve would be to live life to the very fullest, and do what you love, with those you love. Steve will be dearly missed, and forever cherished. The memories are endless. As Steve would say “Godspeed old friend”.
A small celebration of life will be held for Steve on August 19, 2022, due to limited capacity please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In honor of Steve please come dressed in your brightest colors. For those unable to attend the service in person, but would like to attend virtually for the eulogies please contact Stephanie directly at email@example.com. The family thanks everyone for their kind words and thoughts, it does not go unnoticed.
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