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Friday March 4th, 2022
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Richard L. "Dick" Rigby

RIGBY---Richard L. "Dick," 94, entered into the loving arms of Jesus on February 17, 2022 in Satsuma, AL. Born December 2, 1927 in Dale Borough, the son of William K. and Elsie (Custer) Rigby. Preceded in death by parents, his loving first wife of 46 years Marion Jean (Kennedy) Rigby; son Richard W. (Rick) Rigby and brother, Charles. Survived by wife of 26 years Jo (Robson) Rigby, who provided loving care as his health declined. Also survived by children: Kathy (Scott Bender) of Rockwood; Tim (Holly); Jim (Kathleen), both of Johnstown; Tammy Brady (Brian), Vienna, WV; Peggy Farrar (Fitcher Wilkins), Chester, VA; Marcy Sivitz (Adam), Pittsburgh; stepsons David Peoples (Roxana), Niceville, FL; Jamie Robson (Brooke), Satsuma, AL and daughter-in-law Carol (Slanac) Rigby of Johnstown. Survived by 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dick was a 1945 graduate of Dale High where he played football and basketball. He served in the United States Navy from Jan. 1946 to Nov. 1947 serving one year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where his love for the ocean began. After working in the family coal mines for three years, he attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College and graduated in 1953 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. He began his teaching and coaching career at Washington Twp. High School in Apollo, PA in 1953 before accepting teaching and coaching positions at Ferndale High School in the fall of 1956. While at Ferndale, he received his master's degree in guidance at IUP in 1964. Dick was the head basketball coach from 1957 to 1969, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1966 District 6 Class B championship. He also served as assistant football coach, golf coach (24 years), gymnastics coach (23 years) and softball coach. He was athletic director from 1965 to 1979 and was one of the founders of the Appalachian Conference, serving as secretary/treasurer for 16 years. He was a driving force in building Ferndale's home football field, which opened in 1975. He was Ferndale assistant principal from 1969 to 1979 and then served as principal until his retirement in 1987. He impacted many students during his years at Ferndale as evidenced by the numerous cards and letters he received on his 90th birthday. Dick also spent 31 years as Ferndale Recreation Director. He led efforts to build the walking trail along Ferndale Avenue, which is named in his honor. He was the gymnastics coach at Turner's from 1960 to 1976, and it was likely The Four Seasons were playing in the background. While living in Dunedin, FL, he was a member of the board of directors at Dolphin Pointe Condominium. Dick loved spending time with family at the cottage in Bedford County - badminton was a staple - as well as the annual vacations to Myrtle Beach, where he body surfed until he was 88. The family celebrated its 50th consecutive year there last August. He was an active lifelong member and Sunday school teacher at Beulah United Methodist Church, and he and Jo were faithful attendees at Redemption Church in Saraland, AL. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday March 4, 2022 at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland Twp., where a memorial service and military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 5, 2022 with Pastor Dave Streets officiating and Menoher VFW, Post #155 conducting military honors. Because of Tim's recent kidney transplant, MASKS ARE REQUIRED IN THE CHAPEL AREA. Inurnment, Richland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Richard L. "Dick" Rigby to the Ferndale Recreation Commission, 109 Station Street, Johnstown 15905. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Have fond memories of playing football and basketball a FHS. Coach Rigby had a great gymnastics program at our school as I recall. My he test in pease. Best regards, Norm GAVAZZONI.

Norm GAVAZZONI May 2 2022 11:05 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Rigby Family. Mr Rigby was larger than life. He was an incredible role model,coach,and one of my favorite neighborhood dads. He always had time for everyone. A selfless man who gave so much to all of the young people he coached. He also had a wicked sense of humor. I was honored to have known him and his wonderful family for so many years. I will miss him.

Linda (Kohut)Gray Mar 9 2022 11:41 PM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers. What a great family. I have such wonderful memories of the Rigby family. My parents were dear friends of Bill and Elsie. Between our home, the Rigby cottage and the McMonigal cottage a lot of good times were had. You are all so blessed with that family legacy. I'm sure Dick's loss will be felt for a long time. And Tim, an extra prayer for
you. Jim too. Take care old friends.
Love and Prayers, Jim and Pat ( Whitehead) Horvath.

Jim and Pat Horvath Mar 5 2022 4:22 PM

To the Rigby Family, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your your father. I substituted his Phs. Ed. Classes in 1969 for two months when he moved up in the administration position. He made sure I followed his organization warm up procedures and I also adapted his warm up procedures when I got a Physical Education job at JHS. He was a great man and great teacher. His memory is eternal. God Bless. With deepest sympathy and friendship. Mickey Muto.

Mike Muto Mar 3 2022 3:39 PM

He touched so many lives. A true inspiration for us all. God bless your families.

Kim Peters Mar 3 2022 2:05 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Rigby family. Dick was a great mentor to me when I first started my basketball coaching career. He was a great person and coach and molded many positive lives.

Dave Roman Sr. Mar 3 2022 12:42 PM

My sympathies to the Rigby family. I was a member of the Johnstown Turner team and have the best memories of him! He was an encourager to all! What a life well lived!

Suzanne (Smith) Blough Mar 2 2022 3:29 PM

"To Sir with Love" to a great gymnastic coach and friend who gave his all, and inspired us to do the same. So much energy he had. So much fun and laughter. He was a light that will be missed until we meet again.

stephanie matolyak Feb 28 2022 11:05 AM

My deepest condolences to the entire Rigby family.

Kelly (Gray) Wentz Feb 27 2022 8:10 PM

So sorry for your loss. My father was basketball coach and athletic director at Juniata Valley. JV played Ferndale in many playoff games. Maybe their paths crossed.??

Kelly Sparr Feb 26 2022 10:59 PM

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