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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Gordon N. Rigby

October 27, 1949August 29, 2020

Gordon Neil Rigby, 70, of Clinton Township, NJ died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and two children on August 29, 2020 after a two and a half year battle with prostate cancer.

Born to Gordon and Doris (Allen) Rigby, he was raised in Livingston, NJ and graduated Livingston High School in 1967. Gordon married Patricia Palmer, also of Livingston, in 1973 and they spent their few first years in town before following Gordon's passion for the outdoors and moving to Clinton Township where he spent his entire adult life, raised his family, and ran his orthodontic laboratory for over 40 years.

Gordon was an avid outdoorsman, woodworker, photographer, birdwatcher and lover of nature. He enjoyed working around his restored 1800s farmhouse, always finding a new project to work on or something to fix, and helping his children in any way he could. He also loved spending quality time with his family and friends at his home in Brielle, biking around Manasquan beach and photographing birds and nature.

Gordon was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and dedicated his life to his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia, his son Jonathan (Natalie), also of Clinton Township, his daughter, Jessica (Ryan) of Morristown, and his three adored grandchildren, Charlotte, Eleanor and Beau. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

Gordon was especially appreciative of his medical team at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Rigby family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Han Xiao and her entire team for everything they did for Gordon.

Visitation will be at Quinn Hopping Funeral home in Livingston, NJ on Friday, September 4 from 10-11:30. Funeral service will be at 11:30, interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gordon's memory to the National Audubon Society or ZERO - The end of Prostate Cancer.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Prayer Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, September 4, 2020

Memories

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Karen Stefancin

September 14, 2020

Pat and family:
I was so sad to hear of Gordon's passing. He was the BEST boss anyone could have asked for! He was caring and consiencious, funny, and helpful. He took great pride in his work, was so proud of his family, and was always kind. Reading the obituary about his projects around home, I was reminded of Pat mentioning a poem called "He went to Fix the Basement Door" and described the "putterer" side of Gordon. I'm sorry I didn't stay in touch, but I also have no doubt I'll see him again one day. Pat, Jonathan and Jessica- take comfort in that as well. Til you see him again.

Candee Mosher

September 8, 2020

Gordy and I waited for the school bus together in kindergarten. Then double dated in our teens. I have such happy memories of a dear friend. I am so sorry to the family. My deepest sympathy.

Clarence Hickey

September 5, 2020

I am very sorry not to have been able to attend Cousin Gordy's remembrance on Friday. The coronavirus is forcing Mary and I to remain at home and be as safe as we can. I do remember Gordy, as far back as when we were children in the 1950s. My family liked very much visiting with Aunt Dorie and Uncle Gordon, and their children Gordy and Robin. They were my favorite relatives and I continued to correspond with, and occasionally visit with, Dorie and Gord for many years. Gordy's many talents always amazed and inspired me. And Gordy always seemed to have a smile, which he brought to my face as well. I miss you, Cousin. Corky Hickey

John Megale

September 4, 2020

My condolences to a wonderful family and I will miss my friend Gordon. We enjoyed the Jersey shore house with wonderful memories. It won’t be the same. I know he’s with our Lord and Savior.

Bonnie and Charley Dimmick

September 3, 2020

Having daughters in the same preschool brought Pat and Gordon into our lives, 33 years ago. We discovered we were married on the same weekend in the same year, and from there were constantly discovering more similarities in places we had hung out, people we knew and hobbies, habits and happiness we had in common. We are so sad our treasured foursome is now missing Gordon, our funny, generous, loving and knowledgeable soul.
Peace be with Gordon and all those who knew him.

Virginia and Dick Samenfeld

September 3, 2020

Dear Pat, Jonathan and Jessica
Meeting you Pat in 1982 was the beginning of a life long friendship Gordon was the sparkle in your smile and the sunshine to your family

Gordon was just that, a warm and welcoming face a pleasure to be around and embraced the joys of life he loved. Dick and I were very fortunate to have shared his life with us and our memories of such a kind and loving man will be held close to our hearts and never forgotten

Our sincere and deepest sympathy to all of you
Much love Gi and Dick

KRIS KNUDSON

September 2, 2020

I was sad to hear about Gordon's passing. I was blessed that I got to meet him and his wife Pat in our Lonza Wine Tasting Group. He was such an easy person to talk to and we've had many pleasant conversations. I will treasure the memories I have of him. My deepest condolences to Pat and the family.

Candace Shockley

September 1, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of Gordie. I have so many wonderful memories of my cousin growing up. We visited each others homes for weekends when our parents could find the time to travel. He has always held a special place in my heart. Love and sympathy to you Patty, Jonathan, Jessica and your families.

Candy

Wendy & Steve Haynes

August 31, 2020

Steve and I are deeply saddened to hear about Gordon...Pat, Jonathan and Jess; we are thinking of you all. Gordon was a great guy and our family goes way back...His forever youthful face and spirit!
Our wonderful memories of our family ski trips. They are very meaningful to our entire family. So much fun and such great times we all had. We will never forget.
We have all enlarged our families with our childrens’ marriages and the blessings of grandchildren. May they all be a source of healing, as Gordon lives on through his children and grandchildren...Pat, we are especially thinking of you as we know you have spent most of your life with Gordon...our love to all of you at this time.❤️

Elizabeth Kretz

August 31, 2020

We are so sad to hear of your loss. Gordon was a truly wonderful man. Don always remembers him as a lunch mate in the 7th grade.
Please know you are all in our prayers.❤
Betty & Don Kretz

FROM THE FAMILY

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