May 21 2019

Norman Biggart, WWII Vet and Involved Burlington Community Member, Passes

By: Rich Hosford

A longtime Burlington resident who was involved in many organizations in town has passed away.


Norman Biggart, a World War II veteran and longtime member of the Burlington Historical Society, passed away on Monday, May 20 after a long and productive life. His longtime friend, Dr. Edward Weiner, informed the community of his passing and provided some history of his life.


Born in 1921, Norman enlisted in with the armed forces and served his country in World War II. After the war he attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied Photographic Science. An expert in experimental photography, he worked as a member of a team that photographed the first hydrogen bomb detonations in Nevada.


Norman spent much of his adult life in Burlington where he was part of many organizations. He served as an appointed member of the Historical Commission for many years. During that time he worked tirelessly with the West School and Grand View Farm projects.


He also was a volunteer at Burlington Cable Access Television where he worked as a cameraman for the show “You Shall Be My Witness,” among other projects.


“Norman was also member of many national and local organizations, involving photography, history, geology and mineral collecting,” Dr. Weiner recalled. “As leader in the Westford Night Historical Project, he was so proud to be part of a discovery that changed the way the world now looks at the history of North America. Historian, explorer, geologist, inventor, author and just a wonderful man, there will never be a guy like Norman Biggart.”


There will be a future announcement for a “Celebration of Life” that will be held in June. BCAT will share the details when they are made available.


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