Robert Briggs

Obituary of Robert Briggs



Robert passed away peacefully with family at his side, on Saturday May 5th, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre at the age of 92 under the devoted care of SB staff.  We also wish to acknowledge and thank Tita Baguisa and Jennifer Dumlao for their extraordinary commitment and care to Robert over the later years of his life.

During WW II, Bob served in the Royal Canadian Navy, Fleet Air Arm. After discharge, Bob graduated University of Toronto in 1951 BArch (honours) and joined Shore and Moffat Architects. Bob then joined Bregman and Hamann (now B+H) Architects becoming a Partner as the firm grew to be the largest architectural firm in Canada. Career highlights of Bob’s time at B+H include the Scarborough Centenary Hospital and the Michener Institute in Toronto. Later in his career Bob held various roles in the Federal and Ontario Provincial Governments. Upon retirement he pursued his passion for design-build projects at home and the cottage full time.  His family and friends also benefited from his vision and expertise over the years.

Inspired by his father who was a contractor/carpenter Bob sought to improve standards of materials and workmanship through the joint efforts of contractors, architects and manufacturers by becoming a founding member of Specification Writers Association (SWA) in 1954. As president of SWA and Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Committee Chairman he worked with others to develop the forerunner of construction standards/contracts that have been adopted nationally and later by the US and are still in use today.

Bob was honoured with the Fellowship of Royal Institute of Architects in a joint congress of AIA and OAA in Chicago and later awarded the Fellowship of SWA.

During the week Bob was busy with work and teaching commitments but he devoted weekends to family and friends. He spent most of the summers with his loving wife Jean and the children at the family cottage at Sturgeon Lake.  When not working, lecturing or marking exams, his indefatigable energy extended to all aspects of his home and creative life where he actively involved his 5 children in his many renovations and additions to the family home and Sturgeon Lake properties. The family, referred to as “The Firm” by friends and neighbours worked hard together but also played hard enjoying his passion for sailing and boating and swimming.

Bob is predeceased by his loving wife Jean (Coleman), sister Margaret Clayton and daughter in law Lori Briggs (Neil). He was proud of his 5 children, Neil (Liz), Wayne (Terri), Earle (Lynn), Valerie Hannaford (John), Andrew (Elizabeth) and his 6 grandchildren: Colin (Kara), Scott (Melissa) Jean-Paul and Michel, Mark (Julie) and Robert and 5 great-grandchildren: Emma, Madison, Luke, Ayrston and Gwendolyn.

Please join us at R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St. (at Goulding, south of Steeles) on Wednesday May 9th, from 6:00-9:00pm for visitation with a service on Thursday May 10th at 11:00am with reception to follow.

The family wishes to express our thanks to the Dedicated Staff of the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre or a charity of your choice.