We Remember

UPDATED – RIGG, Mackenzie

1994 – 2022

THIS SERVICE WILL NOW BE LIVESTREAMED, for those who are unable to attend in person – on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 4:00 PM PDT  (see below).

It is with deep sadness that the Rigg family must announce that Mackenzie Rigg passed away on March 11, 2022, 19 months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was at home with his mom (Barbara), dad (Chris) and sister (Madeline) around him.

Mackenzie was perhaps best known for his skill and dedication on the soccer pitch. His career started with kick and run soccer at age three, and culminated in being named captain of the UVIC Vikes varsity soccer team. His sense of work ethic served him scholastically as well; Mackenzie was named All Canadian Athlete twice, and had recently earned a spot in law school at the University of Calgary.

Throughout his twenty-seven years, Mackenzie threw himself into the sport of life wholeheartedly. He had an incredible sense of fun, and was always seeking out adventure. His friends and family always knew him to be planning an excursion, whether that meant surfing in Tofino, driving his converted minivan to the Yukon, or rock climbing in Hong Kong.

Mackenzie was always a friend and a leader, but in cancer he became a hero. Throughout his battle, Mackenzie was an example of what it meant to meet challenges with positivity and bravery.

In lieu of flowers, the Rigg family would encourage donations to The Brain Tumour Foundationbraintumour.ca/mackenzie-rigg.

A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022, AT 4:00 PM, AT SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  All attendees must be fully vaccinated. 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022, at 4:00 PM

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for UPDATED – RIGG, Mackenzie is scheduled for SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022, at 4:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Barbara and Robin Smith says:

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful son Mackenzie. He was such an inspiration. .

  • Sadlowski Family says:

    Our family wishes to express how deeply sorry we are on the passing of Mackenzie. We always enjoyed having him in our home over the years. He was a special person and will not be forgotten. There are no right words to erase your pain. Sending you our sincere condolences.

  • Swaisland family says:

    Our family is filled with sadness at hearing of your loss of Mackenzie. So many memories of Mackenzie in soccer. Such an amazing young man. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you.

  • Rhonda Ball says:

    Sending my deepest condolences on the passing of your son. He sounded like a wonderful young man, taken way too soon. Thinking of you in this difficult time. & sending hugs.

  • Sandra Hein says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you Barb and your family. So very sad to hear of your loss, sending much love and prayers to you and your family at this very sad time. ❤️

    • Karin and Paul Clark says:

      We remember Mackenzie during his high school years as such a happy, clever and fun friend to our daughter, full of life and endless energy. His beautiful and curly hair blowing in the wind in our backyard doing homework with our daughter and friends, laughing loud and having a great time. He lived life to the fullest, and you must be so proud of all his accomplishments and all the memories he left to all who encountered him. Our sincere condolences to the family for your loss, thinking of you in this very difficult time.

  • Jo-Anne Vander Ploeg says:

    On behalf of the Briscoe Family, we send our deepest, heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious son Mackenzie. He was a special friend to Brooke and will be forever fondly remembered.

  • Carmelle Guidi-Swan says:

    Dear Barbara and Family, my heart breaks for you all. I have very fond memories of grade 6 Mackenzie. Reading the obituary, all that was said about him was apparent when I taught him. He was full of life and was such a kind soul. Sending you love and peace. Carmelle

  • Colleen McCombe says:

    Sending huge hugs your way. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is very sad that he has been taken at such a young age and know how proud you are of him. Sending love to you and your family

  • Trevor Jahnig says:

    Sincere condolences. In my thoughts and prayers.

  • John W. says:

    I briefly knew Mac when we were both camp counselors out at Silver Lake. He was always on the hunt for that next adventure. I’ll always remember his kind heart and his beautiful smile. My condolences to your family, and sending you all love and healing in this difficult time.

  • Jason Kolt says:

    I hired Mack onto my team for one of his co-op terms in 2018, and he immediately charmed us all. We joked that he was the “actual CEO” of the company and that everyone else now worked for him. We stayed in touch via social media, but the last time I saw him was on Salt Spring Island in the fall, just after he’d graduated. It was a random encounter, at a cidery, and he told me how excited he was for the next phase of his life and we toasted to that. I am so sorry for your family’s loss: Mack was a bright light and is loved by many.

  • The Kellys says:

    We are so sad to hear about Mackenzie. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Janet Kluftinger says:

    Mackenzie was a truly lovely young person and we will always remember his amazing enthusiasm and his kind heart. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

  • Cathy and Les Shorter says:

    To the Rigg family! I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your brave, kind, giving, athletic, and most handsome son! I never had the pleasure of meeting him, however Mark G spoke often and so highly of Mackenzie! You are all in so many thoughts and prayers, and I trust all the happy memories of his short but so importantly very full life, help ease the sadness!!

  • Beate & Greg Evtushevski says:

    Barb, Chris and Madeleine
    We are so absolutely heartbroken 💔 to hear about the loss of Mackenzie. Can’t imagine the pain that your heart is feeling right now. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  • Ian Holloway says:

    To Mackenzie’s family,
    On behalf of all of us at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, I wanted to offer my most sincere condolences. Mackenzie was an extraordinary young man who served – and continues to serve – as an inspiration to us all. Every one of us became richer because of him, and we’re all now poorer for his passing. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of each of us is with you.
    In shared sorrow,
    Ian Holloway, Dean of Law

  • Connie and Ward Fraser says:

    Your family has very much been in our hearts these past months. As the grade 5 teacher to both of our children and your beautiful son a friend to our son John, Mackenzie and your family will always be in our hearts. Our Love and Condolences to your Family.

  • June says:

    Barb. My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time.

  • Vanna Wells says:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mackenzie was a lovely young man.

  • Lorraine Hoodicoff says:

    Oh, Barb, such a devastating thing. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy

  • Bob Ross says:

    Dear Rigg Family:
    So sorry for your tragic loss. I met Mackenzie only once while in Tofino in November 2020 when he was there with his girlfriend, Trinity Kettyls. I can tell you that he left an indelible impression on me. What an amazing young man. Kind, smart, athletic are just some of the words I would use to describe him. He battled his brain tumour with positivity and an incredible will to live. He’s the kind of son any parent could only dream of having.

  • Darren Visosky says:

    Carole and I are so sorry for your loss and we have your family in our thoughts and prayers. MacKenzie was a remarkable young man. Sending you our love and strength.

  • Roxanne and Ray DeMeyer says:

    Deepest, heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Mackenzie. We will treasure the hiking trip we took with him this summer and remember his humor, kindness, energy and love of family.. Gone but never ever forgotten.

  • Gena Prangnell says:

    Deepest condolences to Chris, Barb, Madeline, and all Mackenzie’s friends who have lost an amazing person. May the many memories give you comfort in the days to come. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

  • Rostam and the Turner family says:

    We send our deepest condolences to the Rigg family and loved ones. Mackenzie brought passion and character to everything he pursued, and his loss weighs heavy on all our hearts.

  • Karen Tostenson says:

    On behalf of the Tostenson family, we send our most heartfelt condolences. My sons speak so highly of Mack. Clearly, even at such a young age, he left an incredible legacy and may the memories of those moments ease your grief and wrap you with love, pride and comfort. Mack will not be forgotten.

    • Marianne and Bob Philibert says:

      Chris, Barb and family
      We will always remember McKenzie as we knew him from the days on the soccer field and the wonderful trips we took together. Mackenzie exuded politeness and kindness. He was beyond respectful. Anytime McKenzie was around or he spoke you knew this is a boy that was raised well and was one of a kind. He was a wonderful human being. We are so sorry for your loss. The world is a dimmer place without the bright smile of Mackenzie. Our sincere condolences to you all.

  • Robyn Stalkie says:

    I had the immense privilege of connecting with Mackenzie in his last year at UVic through the Business program. In a few brief months, his authenticity, sunny demeanour, and genuine interest in contributing to his community made a lasting impact on me. Sending my deepest condolences to your family.

  • Amber Smith says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Mackenzie, what an inspiring person he was. Chris and Barb, My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • The Peters' Family says:

    Dear Barbara and Family,
    Our family wants to express how sorry we are that Mackenzie has passed away. Over the last year and a half, we often asked Braden how he was doing and prayed for his recovery. He was such an incredible man with a magnetic personality. Mackenzie will be fondly remembered and our hearts go out to you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Crissy Rea and Jason Besse says:

    We are deeply sorry. We hope you find strength in the memories and the love he shared with others. The service today was beautiful, he lived life to the fullest and touch so many along his journey. We will forever remember his large smile and kind nature.
    Sending you all love during this very difficult time.
    Crissy and Jason

  • Livleen Sanghara says:

    Dear Chris, I was heartbroken to read about Mackenzie’s passing. May your and your loved ones precious memories of Mackenzie bring you comfort over the coming days and going forward.
    Livleen (Mangat) Sanghara

  • Robin Durrant says:

    Chris, Barb and Madelaine
    A heartbreaking loss of a truly outstanding young person. We must cherish the time spent with Mackenzie and make the most of our lives as Mackenzie would have wanted. Sorry wasn’t able to attend and thank you for the opportunity to follow by video. Fitting tribute to great young man and Rigg family.

  • Elle Herron says:

    The world truly has lost a bright light. Mackenzie exuded positive energy and everyday that I got to spend with him was filled with joy and making good memories. I wish I could thank him for making my university experience a better one, for his friendship and for his consistent kindness. My thoughts are with Mackenzie’s family and loved ones at this time.

  • Barbara Waters says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mackenzie’s passing. Such an amazing young man. My condolences to the three of you.

  • Walker & Keith Shanks says:

    We were heartbroken to hear of Mackenzie’s passing, and would like to offer our deepest condolences to Chris, Barb, Madeleine and Mackenzie’s friends. We both have incredibly fond memories of Mackenzie; he was always extremely kind and positive. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  • The L Bobyn Family says:

    We always enjoyed time with Mackenzie. We are so saddened he and you had to endure this difficult diagnosis. Our family mourns the loss in yours.

  • Liesl Heidinger & Frazer Johnston says:

    Dear Chris, Barbara & Family,
    There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. You are in our thoughts. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • lindsay joyce says:

    Chris, Barb and Madelaine,
    Our hearts go out to you as you face these tough times ahead. May your memories of Mackenzie carry you along, knowing that his love for you is a treasure you can never replace. Our family has kept you in our thoughts and pray that you find peace and comfort within your many cherished memories. With sympathy, Gord, Lindsay, Wade, Keefer, Adele and Elisa

  • Lonnie Burma says:

    Chris, Barbara & Madelaine,
    It is with profound sadness to hear that you have recently lost your son and brother, Mackenzie Rigg.
    We have many memories of the sports years that seem in one sense, a hundred years ago and in another sense, last week. Mackenzie was a fierce competitor and leader who excelled on the field—we were glad being on the same team! One of our favourite memories was a basketball weekend where a cobbled-together squad with Mackenzie and our son Joel gave a tutorial to an older teams tournament.
    We hope and pray for your peace and understanding through this difficult time.
    God bless,
    The Burma’s

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