Renowned Canadian philatelist Ron Brigham, the man who assembled what Maclean’s called the “greatest collection of Canadian stamps ever,” has died at age 78 following a prolonged illness. A resident of Mississauga, Ont., where he led his fastener company Sure-Grip for four decades, Brigham died on Aug. 4. He began collecting stamps at age nine in 1953 with the help of his father Royden, and 30 years later, he focused his philatelic pursuits on building the best Canadian collection the world had ever seen. “He put Canadian philately on the map nationally and worldwide,” said Charles Verge, Brigham’s business partner and exhibit mentor across two decades. Continue reading →
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