WILLIAM KNOST RIGGIE - LAND O' LAKES, Fla. - William Knost Riggie of Land O' Lakes, Fla., died on Dec. 9, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Newport. He attended St. Mary's School and Brighton High School in Island Pond. Following his education, he entered the U.S. Navy (1954-1958). Bill was a proud veteran, serving as Post Commander of the American Legion #42 in 1966 and dedicating 58 years to American Legion membership. Bill was employed by the New England Telephone Company as a lineman supervisor and he retired from AT&T with 31 years of service in 1985. In early years of retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife, Paula. In 1997, they moved to Henderson, Nev., and then to their current residence in Land O' Lakes, Fla., in 2004. Friends and family will remember Bill for his wonderful sense of humor, his woodworking talent and his love of travel. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Paula Corologos Riggie; his sons, William Riggie (Nancy) of Pensacola Fla., Dana Riggie of Henniker, N.H., and Scot Riggie (Melissa) of Glover; and his daughter, Paula Michele Sweigart (Aaron) of Pensacola, Fla. He also leaves granddaughter, Lauren Chase (Ren), with great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Jack Hammond, all of South Burlington; and his grandson, Jason Sweigart of Biloxi, Miss. Others mourning his passing are sisters-in-law, Phyllis Riggie of Island Pond, Irene Abbott (Bob) of South Burlington, and Judith Corologos of Randolph; and brothers-in-law, Roger Sylvester of Juneau, Alaska, Paul Corologos (Sharon) of Venice, Fla., James Corologos of Mineola, N.Y., and Andrew Corologos (Toy) of South Burlington. He will also be mourned by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by grandchildren, Andrea and Jessica Riggie; sisters, Theresa Younce, Cleone Sylvester and Thelma Pontbriand; and one brother, Dr. Brian Riggie. There will be a private family service only. Arrangements handled by Whitfield Funeral Home of Zephyrhills, Fla. lnterment will be at the Florida Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. ln lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to the Gulfside Regional Hospice at www.grhospice.org.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 12, 2012