Hello and welcome to the Riggs and Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Homes website. We are a family owned and operated funeral home for three generations. Our caring funeral directors at Riggs/Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Homes provides specialized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family. Our professional and dedicated staff can assist you in making complete funeral service arrangements for your loved one.
We, here at
Riggs/Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home will guide you through all aspects of the
service arrangements, including; religious preferences, funeral
flowers, casket choices, appropriate viewing music, photos and
videos selection, types of burials and local accommodations if they
Now on to some history trivia
about us! Our founder, Charles J. Riggs, (born Pasquale
Rigolizzo), the youngest
of ten children, who was a Farmer’s son from Hammonton,
graduated from Hammonton Elementary and High schools and later
attended the Dolan College of Embalming and Funeral Directing
in Philadelphia; graduating in 1939.
He Moved to Barnegat to serve
his apprenticeship under J. Anderson Bugbee in September of 1940.
Charles’ pay was 5 dollars for six days of work. Unfortunately Mr.
Bugbee passed away of a massive heart attack only 3 1/2 months after
Charles started working for him. Charles continued to work for J.
Anderson’s widow and finished his apprenticeship under Marv
Campbell, becoming a licensed Funeral Director in 1944.
Because Mr. and Mrs. Bugbee had
no children of their own when Mrs. Bugbee passed away in 1950, she
left half the business to Charles and the other half to their nephew
Anderson B. King. When Anderson decided to pursue a different career
path, Charles bought his half and became the sole owner in
In 1958 he broke ground in Ship
Bottom NJ and built his second Funeral Home, opening in 1959.
Thirteen years later he decided to expand again and he built his
third Funeral Home in Forked River, opening in 1972. Charles
retired his license in 2013 at the age of 92.
Charles’ son Robert graduated
from Mercer County Community College’s Funeral Service Program in
1976, and is the Manager of the Forked River Location.
Charles’ son Gary graduated in 1978, as was a Funeral Director until
passing away in 1992. In 2004 Charles’ grandson Robert Jr. was
licensed and his granddaughter Julie in 2009 and his Granddaughter
Crystal in 2012.