Robert Radford Rigoli

April 29, 1947 - November 23, 2009
Robert Radford Rigoli

Robert (Rob) Radford Rigoli, son of Radford and Muriel Rigoli, was granted his angel wings on November 23. 2009.

His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched throughout his well-lived and very memorable life.

Rob’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His wonderful smile, sense of humor and devotion to family and friends will be forever remembered and appreciated by all who knew him.

Although he was stricken with cancer, he valiantly fought the terrible disease and provided his family and friends with courage and hope reminding us of the preciousness of life. In 2001 Rob was blessed with the opportunity to become a member of the Praxair – New Hanover team as a driver. He enjoyed his work and the many close friendships developed during his employment. Rob loved to fish and spent many days enjoying his hobby with family and friends, Harvey and Ann Morris, on the “C-Paws” in waters off the coast of Morehead and Lookout.

Rob is survived by his loving wife of 41 1/2years, Sarah, of Wilmington, N. C.; sister Pamela Taylor and husband Bobby of Sneads Ferry, N. C.; son Kevin Rigoli and wife, Michelle and their son, Samuel Robert of Mineral Springs, N. C.; daughter Michelle Poplin and husband, Benjamin of Locust, N. C. Rob will be playing in the wind with his two grandchildren who were granted their angel wings before him; Muriel Lynnon and William Nathaniel Poplin.

Rob’s family would like to extend their thanks to all the family and friends who have supported them during the time of his illness. Special thanks to Harvey and Ann Morris of Concord, Joyce and Jerry Plyler of Waxhaw, Richard York and Sonja Dillaman of Wilmington and the members of Wesleyan Chapel UMC who held a special place in Rob’s heart; his family will never be able to express their gratitude sufficiently.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 29 at 3:00pm at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church, Hwy 17N, Wilmington. Visitation with the family will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesleyan Chapel UMC, Youth Programs, 10255 Hwy 17 N., Wilmington NC 28411.

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  • November 25, 2009
    Becky Harkey says:
    Dear Sarah, Michelle & Kevin, Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We rejoice in Rob's homegoing to our Heavenly Father, and are so thankful for his freedom from the pains and losses he endured on earth. Rob was such a joy and just an absoutely great guy! May God's love and mercy bring you peace and lift your burdens. Love, Becky, Mike, and Ona Harkey

  • November 25, 2009
    Iris Whiteside says:
    Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.

  • November 24, 2009
    Chris & Sherry Ebel says:
    Momma Rigoli We are sending our prayers and love to you, Michelle and Kevin as well as the rest of the family. Papa Rigoli was always my favorite second dad! We will miss him. Love Chris & Sherry

  • November 24, 2009
    Susan McBride says:
    Loving you Sarah! Praying that His peace enfolds you during this season of heartache...We rejoice that Rob is pain free, worry free and in the company of your grandbabies!

  • November 27, 2009
    Izzy Petrill Jr. says:
    I think about you all the time....I missed you when we left Mineral Springs....Sarah, Kevin and Michelle my deepest sympathy.Love Izzy