James R. Riggs
August 14, 1950 – May 20, 2020
Little River, SC James Robert Riggs, 69, died May 20, 2020.
Born on August 14, 1950, in New York City, New York, he was the son of the late Thomas Riggs and Noel Mills Riggs. Shortly thereafter, he lived in Birmingham, Alabama for a couple of years before moving to Pittsburgh, where he grew up and became a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. After graduating from Carnegie Tech with a lighting degree in 1972, he worked in theatre and met his wife at Stage West in 1974, where they both worked. They married in 1975. They moved to Milwaukee and along with theatre, Jim taught at the University of Wisconsin for several years and then moved to Winston-Salem to teach at the School of the Arts. As a lifelong fan of hockey, he found out that the local hockey team needed an announcer, so he added that to his plate. After 5 years he shifted into a hockey career with the Baltimore Skipjacks and then was called upon to be the General Manager for the start-up Memphis Riverkings and ran that team for 10 years. Then he segued into Sports Management consulting, did a 2 year stint as the GM for the Evansville IceMen and then to consulting.
James is survived by his wife, Stacey MacArthur Riggs.
Services are pending for a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach or your local humane society.
A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
James R. Riggs
May 24, 2020
The stage management program that Jim Riggs ran at UWM changed my life. He taught me about clipboards and spike tape and rubber cementing a script. He made me feel capable and, in time, confident. I think we all knew he wanted each of us to succeed. Which made him a successful advisor and mentor to those of us lucky enough to have passed through his office.
He was funny, irreverent, sarcastic and very good at what he did. He taught me not to take myself too seriously during those young, intense years. He could take a good joke and took one memorable April Fool’s prank pretty well (he inspired creativity).
He was a great connector. In college, often getting a bunch of us together at Ground Round. Laughs, free popcorn and those ridiculous non-alcohol umbrella drinks he liked. Through the years, and I mean more than 30 years, he kept in touch. Emails with something crazy from the news, usually about Milwaukee. I was always happy to hear from him and amazed that he had an email distribution list with so many of us. I’m so glad we finally had a class reunion he’d talked about wanting for years. We can’t physically gather now, but we’ve been scattered all over the US (and Finland) for years. Because I know so many have been in-touch, I know we’re all remembering good laughs, and his good advice. In his memory, let’s raise an umbrella drink with our fellow Stage Management Undergraduate Training friends Thanks for everything, Riggs. You made a difference. You will be missed.
May 23, 2020
I had the good fortune to work side by side with Jim as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His wit and sense of humor were never lacking. He always referred to me as "Ace". Why? I have no idea.
While I am not a big hockey fan (I confess I don't even understand the game) he insisted on taking me to a Milwaukee Admirals game to see a player on the other team that he swore was my doppleganger. I went to the game and I have to say he was right!!
May 23, 2020
I've been very good friends with Jim since grade school. We saw each other just about every day and shared MANY memories together. Although his job took him away from Pittsburgh I have been in touch with him all throughout his life's journey. He was fortunate to marry a wonderful woman when he met Stacey.
He was a great friend for the last 60 years.
May 23, 2020
Hello. I was a lighting design student at NCSA, where I was fortunate to get to know Jim. While I did not have much experience with Jim in the classroom, everyone who did was a big Jim fan. He was always available to chat, and was invariably kind and giving during those talks.
I have fond recollections of going to hockey games in W-S. You could hear the passion Jim had for the game, and he was clearly having a great time.
All the best to Stacey and everyone in Jim's circle of family and friends.
May 23, 2020
Jim will be missed by so many people! I don't think he ever met a
stranger! One of the most polite person's ever!
I am sure he will be terribly missed by many!
My connection with Jim, is thru his beloved wife Stacey, who
is my dearest pal!
Stacey & Jim were so a pair, always teasing each other with so
Jim was a lover of dogs, something both he & his wife shared!!!!
Their will be a void in lots of people's lives, for the most gentle
person that I ever met!!!
Stacey, I am so sorry for the void that has entered into your life!
May 22, 2020
I first met Jim and his lovely wife Stacy when they were managing the Memphis RiverKings. When Martin and I decided to get married, they let us get married after a game. They took care of almost everything! It was a gorgeous ceremony, and it could never have been that way without their help.
Jim was always the kindest, nicest man I ever had the pleasure to meet. He always had a kind word, and always spoke to me when he saw me at a game.
Stacy, my condolences to you. I know how much you loved him, and it was very apparent how much he loved you.
Jannie Little river cleaner's
May 22, 2020
To someone that always had a smile and would ask me how I was doing and before the walk out the door would say have a nice day and those are words that I will remember him saying to me God bless you will be missed Jannie
May 21, 2020
I loved Jim Riggs. He was one of the most professional, thorough, and responsible persons I have ever known. Most of all , Jim was unbelievably loyal to me. He went out of his way to help me no matter what repercussions he might face. I talked to Jim for years, whether it be professionally or personally. We always exchanged emails about the game. The game he loved, hockey. Jim loved the game so much. The times he wasn’t working in the game really bothered me because I knew he was missing his passion. But hopefully Jim is in a better place with the game of hockey all around him. My condolences to his wife Stacey. I’m so sorry.