ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John Tye Rigby. We will remember him forever.  I am hoping that all my siblings, Tye’s siblings and Tye’s grandchildren will find this website on the internet, that it will bring comfort and all of them will make additions to it.  

Tributes are short messages commemorating John, or an expression of support to his closest family and friends. Leave your first tribute here, and others will follow.

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his Life

Tye left the following poem for us to reflect on:

Miss Me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me. 

I want no rites in a gloom filled room.  Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared.  Miss me but let me go. 

For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone. 

It all a part of the master plan, a step on the road to home.  

When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know, 

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.  Miss me but let me go. 

            Christina Rossetti

A View of Tye's Life

Tye was born in 1931 in Toronto Ontario.  He was very athletic and scholastic and during his high school years played football for the Malvern Collegiate's team.  After high school he started dating Shirley Flannery and got the first job of his career, as a sales person.  Tye and Shirley married in 1954. Within a few year, they had three children, Judy, Steve and Vince.  As the children were growing up, Tye was working his way up the career ladder and got the position of VP of Operations title of FMC Bramalea.   About that time, there was an addition to the family and John was born, making the family complete.  After many yrs at FMC, Tye made a career change to Boberick (Scarborough) as Operations and Facility Manager, where he remained until his retirement in 1995.  After his retirement, Shirley and Tye moved up to the Orillia area, where they enjoyed their retirement years.  After Shirley passed away in 2014, Tye found new joy, love and companionship with Mary.  They enjoyed 3 yrs of trips and happy times together until he succumbed to cancer.  

Recent stories

We are marking your first Christmas in heaven.

Shared by Steveith Pariby on October 23, 2019
I am sure the family will miss spending the holidays with you and that your chair will seems very empty at the Christmas celebrations this year.  We have made a donation to the Bethell Hospice in your memory and they will be reading your name out as they light the Christmas tree there in December 2019.  

Steve's Eulogy To His Dad

Shared by Steveith Pariby on February 13, 2019

Dad, I already miss the weekly weekend phone calls that we both have enjoyed the past four years.  I miss your voice, your laugh and your always positive attitude. Growing up I remember you taking me to your ballgames, you coming to my ball and hockey games and appreciate you strapping on skates at a father/son hockey game years ago, when hockey was not your sport.  I remember the family vacations that were always fun for the kids but must have been tough for you and mom with 4 kids in the back seat.  Dad, you always provided for your family and I was proud of your business accomplishments.  Thanks Dad, for your strength, morals and love.  Gone but never forgotten.  

Memorial Notice - Announcement of Passing

Shared by Steveith Pariby on February 12, 2019
  

 John Tye Rigby passed away surrounded by family, on Thursday January 31, 2019 in his 88th year, after a battle with cancer.  Beloved husband and best friend of the late, Shirley (nee Flannery) and loving dad to Judy (Robert), Steve (Leith), Vince, and John (Diana).    Proud Poppa to Christa, Ryan, Joshua, Tyler and Stephanie.  He will be sadly missed by his brother and sisters, Bud (Joyce), Ella (Bob) and Betty (Ken, predeceased).  He will be missed by a close friend and companion, Mary.  As per Tye's request there will be no service or celebration of life.  A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family,