Richard (Dick) James Rigaux passed away on June 13, 2022 with his wife and children by his side.
Dick is preceded in death by his parents George and Georgia Rigaux. He left behind his cherished wife Robyn, daughter Shelley (George) Saunders, son Ryan Rigaux, stepsons Kris and Kory Kulick; beloved grandchildren Sutton, Gavin, Peyton, and Griffin Saunders; Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Maggie Kulick; brothers Don (Paula) Bell and Dennis Rigaux.
Born in Akron, on December 15th, he was a longtime resident of Akron and Massillon, Ohio.
A proud veteran, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. He spent his career as Director of Bakery/Deli Sales and Head of Institutional Sales for Fleming Foods in Massillon.
In his retirement years, Dick loved spending time with friends and family at his home in the Five Towns Community of St. Petersburg, FL. He served as Vice President, Council of Directors; Member, Buildings and Grounds Committee; President of the Men’s Club, and Board President of the Princeton Building. He organized and emceed many community events, earning him the affectionate nickname “Mayor of Five Towns.” He loved acting as tour guide to his visiting family and friends and taking them to his favorite restaurants and sights.
Dick most loved anything involving his grandkids. He especially enjoyed the beach, traveling, gardening, and working on his infamous tan. He could usually be found listening to music with his friends at the pool, planning the next social event, or landscaping behind his home.
He is remembered as a brave man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was also known for his quick wit, generous spirit, outgoing personality, and big heart. A hard worker with a love for life, he appreciated his world and encouraged others to do the same by often exclaiming, “Look at that sky!”
Dick will be laid to rest at Bay Pines National Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life in December. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Moffitt Cancer Center and the ICU doctors, nurses, and staff at the Bay Pines VA Hospital for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following causes:
Moffitt Cancer Center: http://give.moffitt.org
International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation: http://iwmf.com
VA Bay Pines Health Care System in FL: http://cdceportal.va.gov
Five Towns Princeton Building Board