‘Strong ad­vo­cate for vet­er­ans’

Vince Rigby re­mem­bered for work with vet­er­ans

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

Friends of Vince Rigby are re­mem­ber­ing him as a strong ad­vo­cate for vet­er­ans across Cape Bre­ton.

Rigby’s body was found by fire­fight­ers in an aban­doned Robert Street build­ing dur­ing a fire in Whit­ney Pier on Mon­day.

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the fire and ruled out any sus­pi­cion and foul play in the death of the Syd­ney man. The cause of the fire is un­known at this time.

Ron Clarke, a Korean War vet­eran, said he will re­mem­ber Rigby as a “strong ad­vo­cate for vet­er­ans.”

“Vince was an in­tel­li­gent per­son and was very com­mit­ted to help­ing the vet­er­ans, and that he did in this area,” said Clarke. “I was dev­as­tated when I heard that he was in that build­ing.”

Rigby, 57, was a vet­eran and an ad­vo­cate with Mar­i­juana for Trauma, a com­pany that helps those with post-trau­matic stress disor­der, chronic pain and other med­i­cal con­di­tions.

He was the pres­i­dent of the Mar­i­juana for Trauma/Vet­er­ans Help­ing Vet­er­ans of­fice in Syd­ney. Rigby was also among a group that helped get the Vet­er­ans Affairs of­fice re­opened in Syd­ney.

Rigby served in Cyprus and Bos­nia over a 22-year ca­reer as a Cana­dian re­servist. He had to leave the re­serves in 2002 due to poor health.

“Vince was one of the peo­ple who was a leader in get­ting the mar­i­juana of­fice open,” said Clarke. “It made him very pop­u­lar with the vet­er­ans, be­cause there was a lot of vet­er­ans that needed the mar­i­juana to help them get through their ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences.”

The fire broke out around 9 p.m. on Mon­day. There was no ob­vi­ous fire damage on the out­side of the struc­ture, but ex­ten­sive burn­ing could be seen in­side.

Clarke said he doesn’t know the whole story as to what hap­pened.

“My un­der­stand­ing was Vince knew or had found out that there was a street per­son in the aban­doned house and he went in to help them, ap­par­ently,” he said. “He al­ways had that want­ing to help peo­ple at­ti­tude.

“It’s some­thing Vince would do for any­body — that was the type of per­son he was,” said Clarke. “Any­body who needed help, Vince was there to give them that help.”

Clarke said Rigby will not only be missed in the Cape Bre­ton com­mu­nity, but the vet­er­ans com­mu­nity as well.

“There will be a lot of peo­ple that will re­mem­ber Vince as an ex­cel­lent ad­vo­cate for vet­er­ans,” he said. “He’s go­ing to be sadly missed.”

CAPE BRE­TON POST FILE PHOTO

Vince Rigby, 57, who served in Cyprus and Bos­nia over a 22-year ca­reer as a Cana­dian re­servist, was the man who died in a vacant build­ing fire in Whit­ney Pier, Mon­day. Rigby was the pres­i­dent of Mar­i­juana for Trauma/ Vet­er­ans Help­ing Vet­er­ans of­fice in Syd­ney. He took medic­i­nal mar­i­juana to ease symp­toms of post-trau­matic stress disor­der, among other ail­ments, from two de­ploy­ments as a United Na­tions peace­keeper. He had to leave the re­serves in 2002 due to poor health.

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