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
    Gwen Brower says:
    Dear Sarah, Kevin and Michelle, Sitting here reading the precious story of Rob's life brought back so many wonderful memories. I am so sorry for the empty place that you all must feel without Rob and while I know that he is no longer in pain it must still be so hard but I believe that he can now laugh the way he always did. The girls and I will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Gwen, Maggie, Sarah & Grace Brower

  • November 24, 2009
    Michelle Duvall Zentgraf says:
    Dear Sarah, Michelle, Kevin, and Pamela, I will close my eyes and watch Robin soar among our family that has past before... Robert will always hold that specail spot within my heart and there he will dwell and never to be forgot... I love you All and with God's Grace this too, we All can face. Please allow Robert to take my little cross on his journey in Peace... Much Love ~ Chelle

  • November 30, 2009
    Vern Dodd says:
    Sarah, Kevin, and Michelle - your dad and your family hold many wonderful memories for us worship, fellowship, and on the ball team. Rob was our proverbial cheerleader from his catcher position and spot in the back row of the choir. His humor and zest for life touched the hearts of all. May the hope of I Thes. 4:13-18 abound and the comfort of the Holy Spirit abide. Blessings, Vern and Kristy

  • November 29, 2009
    butch plyler says:
    Sarah, Kevin and Michelle and family. Our hearts go out to you and just to let you know we do remember the good day, especially the Siler Red Team. I found a big group picture. Tried to find a small one earlier but did not. All our family saddened by your loss. Davey sees Kevin pretty often and say he is doing quite well in his job and you would be proud of him. I sure it was hard for all of you during this time, especially with the children in our area. Take care and God Bless your family during the days ahead. Butch and Becky Plyler for Davey and his family and Ronnie and his family.

  • November 29, 2009
    gary waters says:
    Sarah, My condolences. I got called in to work and couldn't make it to the church in time. If you need anything please call me. 619-2066