Tributes to 67-year-old heroic and much-loved biker

TRIBUTES have been pouring to a much-loved biker described as a ‘hero’ dad who has died at the age of 67.

Peter Rigglesford – known as Riggy – was born in Germany in March 1955 and grew up in Nailsworth. 

During his life he lived in Nailsworth, Stroud and most recently Minchinhampton, where moving there four years ago. 

His family have paid tribute to the biker, dad and granddad.  

“My dad was my hero and I looked up to him,” said daughter Claudette Rigglesford.

“He overcame five types of cancer in his life. He never let anything keep him down.

“My dad was amazing.

“He was loved by so many people and had so many friends.

“My dad was well-known in the community from his biker days and from socialising in the pubs.

“He was just very well-liked and respected by lots of people. 

“My dad met my mum – who had four other children Heidi, Tracey, Rachael and Craig – in the 80s.

“In 1988 when I was born my dad was very excited about the prospect of becoming a father. 

“My dad was a kind but fair person – he would give anyone a chance. 

“He also had four granddaughters – Brooklynne, Peyton, Alyssa and Esmae – who loved him so much.

“When I was younger my dad and my cousin Jason use to throw me to each-other across the living room.

“This would scare the life out of my mum but I would be laughing my head off and want to be thrown more.

“One time my dad was flexing his muscles in the living room and my sister Tracey whispered to my mum that he looked like He-Man – a comment my dad loved.

“My dad loved riding bikes – they were his passion.  

“I just can’t imagine what my life is going to be like without him.”

Riggy’s funeral will be held at Gloucester crematorium at 1.30pm on Friday, July 22.

Before the service, dozens of bikers are meeting outside Philip Ford & Son Funeral Directors in Cainscross Road, Stroud, at 12.30pm on Friday to join Riggy on his last ride.

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