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Walter Rigg

RIGG, Walter - December 9, 1934 - June 2, 2018 With gratitude for a life well-lived, the family announces the peaceful passing of Walter Rigg on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, at the age of 83. Born December 9th, 1934, Dad was the only child of Albert and Helen (Niemi) Rigg. He grew up on the family farm and became an integral part of RIGG Gardens the family-run business. Dad was President of the Timmins Horticultural Society and the youngest councillor ever elected to Timmins City Council, representing Mountjoy Township. He was equally proud of his Finnish heritage and was known as the Black Finn for his beautiful, thick black hair. He started in the grocery business first as a butcher and then as a store manager. A consummate salesman, he eventually became the regional Sales manager for National Grocers in Cochrane. Dad loved hunting, fishing and the Green Bay Packers, not necessarily always in that order. We will treasure the memories of the stories he would tell of the many boyhood pranks and adventures of his youth that would have us rolling on the floor with laughter. Dad was predeceased by his parents and by his wife Elizabeth (Bette) in 2013. They did everything together and we know that he is with her again. Dad is survived by his children Albert (Carol) Rigg, Kathryn (David) Lanthier, and Lisa (Louis) Girard; grandchildren Byron (Melissa) Rigg, Scott (Sarah) Rigg, Kaitlin (Corey) Lanthier, Carly (Cassie) Lanthier, Meagan (Roy) Girard and Andrew Girard; and his three great-grandsons Wade and Jake Rigg and Colin Mitchell. As Dad always used to say as a farewell Heippa Hei. Visitations will be held at Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home, 149 Third Street West, Cochrane on Thursday June 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Memorial Service will be conducted by Pastor Brynn Carson in the Irvine & Irvine Chapel on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 4:00 pm. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Finnish residence Kulta Koti and would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to send online condolences to his family, to share your memories or photos, please visit Funeral arrangements are entrusted to IRVINE & IRVINE FUNERAL HOME . For information: 705-272-3239.13280554
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