Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Chef Drew

All of us here at UFS mourn the loss of our good friend Drew. Chef Drew was not only extremely talented but he was always game on. Dress up as the Grinch…absolutely. Sport Ratatouille on his chef hat…no question. His infectious laugh, quick wit, and kind heart made him a quick friend to all. Drew was also a voracious reader. Having consumed hundreds of books, he might quote Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good And Evil in one breath and follow it with something from Melville’s Moby Dick. Conversations with Drew were unpredictable and entertaining. His music collection was equally as eclectic and vast. He educated many a cook in the Utah Food Services kitchen on the history of Rock and Roll.
He was so incredibly brave and somehow even upbeat as he battled a rare form of brain cancer. His approach to this incredible challenge seemed almost scientific. He handled this chapter of his life very matter-of-factly and with unbelievable grace. We should all be so graceful as we approach the routine and minor challenges of our daily lives. He will forever be in our hearts.
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Andrew (Drew) Rigby
8-29-1967- 2-18-2017
Drew Rigby passed away peacefully, but not without a fight, early in the morning February 18, 2017 surrounded with peace and love at the home of his parents due to a rare brain cancer. He was born August 29, 1967 in Salt Lake City to Brent W Rigby and Marsha Nicolaysen Rigby. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, MN, Baltimore, MD and Overland Park, KS where he made many lifelong friends. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1985. He honorably served two years in the Army with Big Red One at Fort Riley, KS He attended the U of U for a year and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk). He was an avid Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs fan and loudly cheered for the running Utes. He married Kelly Shoemaker in 1994, they later divorced. They had a daughter Celia who Drew will forever adore. Drew & Celia enjoyed their time together traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, listening to music and cooking. Drew worked as a chef for Utah Food Services fulfilling his lifetime passion for cooking. Drew was a great dad, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and son. Drew inherited his booming voice from his grandfather which gave him the upper hand in his ability to argue either side of the coin on any topic. He will be remembered for his tie dye shirts, his barbeque ribs, his love of nature and animals and his love for his family. They meant everything to him. Everyone who knew him will miss him deeply. Drew is survived by his parents Brent and Marsha, his brother and best friend Patrick (Christi), his daughter Celia, his nephews Dragan and Paden and niece Courtney and his grandmother Arline Petterson Nicolaysen. A special thanks to Lab 3 at the Huntsman Cancer Center and the warmth of the people that work there. Drew will be laid to rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. He lived a fun colorful life.
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  1. Karinne and Michael Fish says:

    Marsha, Brent, Patrick , Celia and family – Words can not adequately express the sadness we feel to learn about Drew’s recent passing. We still remember your sons from MS and HS days. Oh the Quivira Farms memories! He evolved into a remarkable and complex person….. you must be as proud as you are sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love, the Fish fam Karinne and Mike, Alisa and Brandon

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