April 11, 1947 ~ January 21, 2004

Born in: New York City, NY,
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Fletcher ~ John Bellamy Rigg died Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at his residence. Born in New York City, NY, Mr. Rigg was the son of the late Edward Harrison and Mary Kenyon Rigg. Mr. Rigg was employed for three yeras as a courier with BeavEX/Qualex. He was an ASE certified auto mechanic and was a lifelong car enthusiast and a member of the WNC Model Railroaders. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Maureen Leary Rigg; a daughter, Cynthia Brodrick of West Palm Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Eleanor and Peter; a sister and two brothers. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 24, 2004 in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216 or to the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, PO Box 125, Strasburg, PA 17579.

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  1. My deepest sympathies to John’s family and my regrets at not being able to be up there with you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

    John was a great guy and left quite a legacy to all that knew him. He was a pleasure to talk to and be around. We shared many common interests, and I have many memories though we lived many miles apart. These events are inseperable from him and I can’t think about them without getting a smile on my face: Going to Chimney Rock, driving on those mountain roads , eating at Ryan’s Steak house, all those Juggling Exhibitions, watching and learning about Hooterville, trains around the Christmas tree,listening to John Hiatt, repairing the back turn light on our van to help get us home, and of course all those vans with the first name of Van.

    He will be missed.

    Gary, Allison, and Lillian Blackmon

  2. May God bless you and your family at this time. We are all going to miss John! May God watch over Maureen at this time and let her know that we are all here for her at this time. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  3. Maureen,you and your family are in my prayers. I know there is nothing that will help right now but just know I know you are loved very much by us & God. Please call if you need anything.

  4. Dear Maureen:

    I am so sorry to hear about John. I remember vividly the last time we spoke on the back deck of your mom’s house in Stuart. I know that this is a very sad time for you. Please let me know how your are doing and let me know if there is anything I can do.


  5. May god bless you and your family during this time of loss. I know you are having a very difficult time and no words can help this loss, but god will bring you through this and only time will heal you.

  6. TO JOHN:
    You were my life for 14 years. We shared a lot of memories — becoming adults, anti-war marches, rock&roll, road trips, a stab at middle-class life in Gainesville, You gave me Cindy. Our paths diverged — Cindy remained our bond. Goodbye, old friend; former husband. There’s a blank spot in the Universe now.

    To Maureen:
    This sudden ending must be unimaginably hard for you. One day you’ll be able to look at the 22 years you had with John and know you were blessed. John was a good man — quirky and individualistic, but essentially a good, kind man.

    In loving support, Leslie

  7. Maureen (Gert),
    My best friend for over thirty years. A friend whose husband truly loves her. I don’t have the words to say how I feel. But you know – You know. Every time I hear a train whistle, I think of John. I am here for you and always will be. We will grow older and share our memories like always. Through our lives journeys and the many roads we’ve taken, remember you’ve got a friend always and forever. I love you girl and I am here for you. Tom and I will never forget John.

  8. I was deeply saddened to learn that we had lost John. We became acquainted through our common connection to the family, and I had the pleasure of enjoying his friendship over the years at many holiday gatherings and other happy occasions. Everyone who knew him would agree that John was a good guy; but more than that, he was great company’?always smiling, good-humored, and unruffled.

    His passing is especially lamentable to me because he was a person who genuinely enjoyed and appreciated the experiences that life offered; and he enhanced the enjoyment of those around him with his warmth and wit. My enduring memory of him will be his characteristic fascination with the simple things in life’?of how he would be mildly amused and amazed by ordinary events or facts that most people would overlook as unremarkable. It kept him young in mind and spirit, and made him fun to be around. In that respect, as well as his unflappable nature that reflected a kindness and caring for the feelings of others, John reminded me a lot of my father.

    For Maureen and Cindy and other loved ones, I wish there were something we could say or do to ease the enormous sense of loss, which is magnified by the fact that it came so suddenly and unexpectedly. I can only hope that in time, the pain you now feel will be supplanted and overshadowed by the pleasant memories of all the good times you shared with John. In a way, the fact that he leaves such a large empty space in your lives is a testament to how much of himself he gave to you; and I know he was grateful for all that you gave to him. I’m sure John would want you to savor those memories and smile and think positive thoughts about the time you were able to enjoy together. Ultimately, I believe the example he set with his ability to focus on the positive things and maintain a happy spirit will be the gift that endures and provides you comfort in his absence.

    I regret that I cannot be there in person to offer my condolences. But I am with you in my heart and my thoughts.


  9. Dear Maureen – and others. I am Horace Rigg’s oldest son, and only surviving. You have my deepest condolences in this time of grief. I did not know John, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers…

  10. Maureen and Family,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. We will miss John very much. Know we are only a call away. We love you.

  11. You have our deepest sympathy. Uncle David was my favorite uncle.My mom, Sarah Funkhouser, says we had a lot in common. Even though I have not seen uncle David I am greatly grieved at his passing.

  12. Maureen although I did not get the pleasure of meeting your husband John , I felt as though I knew him from our talks on our breaks. And I know from the conversations we had that he was a wonderful man.
    PLease know that I am there for you in any way you may need do not hesitate to ask.
    Your friend ,
    Connie and Family

  13. My dear cousin, Mary Anne,
    Oh my, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish we lived closer to hold your hands and give you a hug. Please know that you are in our hearts and thoughts at this sad time of your life. Love, Mary Lou and Bill

  14. I’m very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We shared a lot of good times when we were younger and I will rembember them fondly when I think of him.
    There is nothing I can say to ease the pain to the rest of his family of his passing, I can only reiterate how sorry I am that he has left us.


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