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Obituary for George Putnam Rigby Jr.

George Putnam Rigby Jr, age 88, of Gallupville, NY, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He was born on December 30, 1935, in Corning, NY, the son of the late George and Ruby (Sturdevant) Rigby Sr. He married Emily Barnes on June 25, 1956. She predeceased him on March 4, 2009.

George loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He was a car enthusiast, nick-named “Hot Rod Rigby”, and he always looked forward to the annual Rigby Family Reunion. George retired from Corning, Inc. where he worked as a Platinumsmith; he received numerous awards for his work.

He is survived by his daughter, Eileen Joy (Roger) Heckman of Gallupville, sons, Gerald (Charlotte Bruce) Rigby of Buffalo, MO, and David (Susan) Rigby of Parma Heights, Ohio, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and a sister, Viola Albert of Texas. George was predeceased by his daughter, Diana, and his sisters, Helen, Carol, and Franny.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Phillips Funeral Home, 17 West Pulteney Street, Corning, on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. A funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00 pm. Burial will take place at Chapel Knoll Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s name may be sent to the Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club, P.O. Box 24, Middleburgh, NY 12122.