South Park – North Park – Golden Hill

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pastor Wayne Riggs, may he rest in peace

Rev. A. Wayne Riggs pastored Plymouth Congregational Church (NACCC) for over 20 years. Pastor Riggs served as chairman to the North Park Christian Service Agency next door to St. Luke's Episcopal Church on 30th Street in North Park. Wayne also thought Paesano's was the best Italian place around and a good place to convene the North Park Clergy Assn. meetings. Wayne believed in the Father, Son & Holy Ghost and he sure could preach the message. We miss you Wayne.

A Big Loss for Worker Justice


Pastor Wayne Riggs, may he rest in peace.

Pastor Wayne Riggs, a long-time, highly respected, and beloved member of the governing board of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, passed away early Saturday morning, December 16, after a sudden and fierce battle with cancer.

Pastor Riggs is also remembered for his long career serving as a chaplain in the Navy.  Reflecting on his own chaplaincy service, Pastor Riggs often told stories that occurred during his long association with Cardinal John O’Connor, when the Cardinal was a rear admiral and the Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Vicariate for the United States.


A Celebration of Life and Service
for Wayne Riggs

Dear friends and family,

As we come to the end of the Holidays and 2017, I pray your time with family and friends was joyous and filled with love. 

Although we are devastated by Wayne’s passing, we have peace because he was peaceful, wonderful memories because he was so much fun, and we focused on counting our blessings for the time we had with him.

I wanted to send you this email with specifics about the Celebration of Life and Service for Wayne. Many have ask his wishes for a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers, etc, and that is included below as well.

If at all possible, could you please give us a tentative RSVP

And if you are part of a group or organization, you are more than welcome to share this with all.
But it would be so helpful for our planning if you had some idea of how many would be interested in attending. We selected a location we believe will hold everyone who would like to be present and attend the reception that will follow the service.

First Unitarian Universalist Church
Friday, January 5
2:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a contribution to:

The Naviaux Lab at UCSD School of Medicine
Wayne’s daughter lives with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). 
Wayne had deep respect for Dr. Robert Naviaux and his research into these illnesses.

Checks can be mailed to:
The Naviaux Lab
Please be sure to note it is in honor/memory of Wayne.

On-line donations can be made by clicking here.

You will find a box at the bottom of the page: “my gift is in honor/memory”
PLEASE be sure to complete this so donations will be recognized as support for Wayne’s wishes.

Your gift is 100% tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed to you.

We hope you are able to join us to celebrate the life and service of Wayne, to comfort one another and share the memories that we hold so dear.

With gratitude,
The Riggs Family

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