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 30, 2009
    Jerry and Joyce Plyler says:
    Dearest Sarah, Kevin, Missy and Samuel, Michele and Ben We are so sorry for your great loss. We do rejoice with you now, that Rob is free, no longer suffering. Rob was such a loving, caring, funloving person. We loved him and appreciated who he was and the unique things that he brought into each of our lives. We are privileged to have known him and each of you. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We have so many special memories of him and each of you that we will treasure always. There are so many great stories that we all have of Rob, that we treasure and want to share. We loved him dearly and each of you as well. May the love of God, your family and friends, comfort and sustain you now. Our love and prayers are with you, Joyce and Jerry

  • November 28, 2009
    Brenda Kirkley says:
    It is a great loss to you and your family and you will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • November 27, 2009
    Scott Petrill says:
    sorry for your loss.