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Brian Douglas Rigby

January 11, 1961 - February 12, 2013


Brian Rigby, 52 years old, passed away suddenly on February 12, 2013. Brian was a strong believer in the power of family and lovingly leaves behind his wife Chara, his son Brett, his daughter Jenna, his brother Michael Rigby (and Shannon), his sister Claudia Fitchett (and Chris), his niece and nephew Carly and Adam Fitchett, and his brother Jamie Rigby, as well as a large extended family. Brian grew up in Victoria, a city he loved.

After completing his degree at the University of Victoria, where he met his wife, Brian began his teaching career in Japan, teaching junior high ESL for one year. Then he taught in North Vancouver for 4 years before moving to the Kootenays where he has taught in Nelson, Trail, and for many years, Castlegar. He was a sincere, hard-working teacher, one who strived to motivate his students to reach their full potential.

Brian felt compelled to stand up for justice and put his efforts towards helping students and teachers as vice-president of the Castlegar/Trail teacher’s union. He also enjoyed being part of the judicial council for teachers in the province who helped to resolve disputes.

Brian was always an unshakable rock of security and love, and one of his favorite ways to show it was by sharing one of his passions with his family: exploring the world. Travelling was one of the ways that Brian was best able to spend time solely with his family, and said his favorite part of travelling was “just standing back; making sure that his family was safe and watching them have fun.” Brian was exceptionally proud of his son Brett and his daughter Jenna.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lorraine Balogh
Relation: Member of BCTF Judicial Council

It is with a heavy heart I write these words. I had the pleasure of working alongside Brian in his role as a member of the BCTF Judicial Council. He was a man passionate about justice. He always spoke lovingly of his family and I know you are missing him greatly. As a teacher he has made a difference in this world, and in his students and with his family he will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Lorraine Balogh

From: Karen & Joe Ringrose
Relation: Covenant Church

We are very sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers. Karen

From: Heather Ackert (Davidson)
Relation: Friend from St. Aidan's Church

I was deeply saddened to hear that Brian died unexpectfully a few weeks ago. I found out today through an article in the Nelson Star that was sent as a link in an email that we received from the Kootenay Area Heart and Stroke Foundation because my husband just happens to be canvasing this year. What a loss for your family, friends and Brian’s students and colleagues! May you be comforted by all concern shown for you near and far. I pray that you are given the strenghth to get through these dark days knowing that others share your grief and that wonderful memoiries of your years with Brian will add a glimmer of light.

Heather Ackert
Cranbrook, B.C.

From: Della Fenkner
Relation: friend to Chara

Dear Chara and family: Many of us were shocked and saddened to hear of Brian’s death. Your deep loss is also a huge loss to the public and educational community. May God fill you and your children with the comfort that only He can give. Know that you are in my prayers. Della Fenkner

From: John Eggleton
Relation: Work mates in SD20

Heartfelt prayers and wishes to you Chara and to your beautiful family. Brian will be sadly missed by his family and his friends; his love for and his work with students of all ages became a legacy that was recognized and celebrated. The bigger, wider and greater plan of God is in full motion. Sincerely, friend and former workmate; john eggleton

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