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Ryan "Wig" Wigfield

April 16, 1977 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 46) 46 Years Old

Ryan "Wig" Wigfield Obituary

Ryan “Wig” Wigfield, 46, of Ridgeley, WV, died on Friday, February 2, 2024 at his residence.

He was born on April 16, 1977 in Bedford, a son of William R. and Linda R. (Waltman) Wigfield of Everett. He is survived by his son Ryder W. Wigfield of Ridgeley, WV, his ex-wife and close friend Leslee A. Wigfield of Frostburg, MD; two brothers: Troy A. Wigfield and wife Jill of Buffalo Mills; and Mark Wigfield and fiancé Rachael of Cumberland, MD. Five nieces and nephews: Brittany, Dustin, Tanner, Abriana, and Olivia; and nine great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Tom Waltman.

Ryan graduated from Bedford High School in 1995 and during his youth he developed a liking for skateboarding and music. Along with his friends he started a club house called the RegalBeegle and it quickly became a location for youth from all over the tri-state area to watch local bands perform. He was member of the bands The Angry Fisherman, The Plan, American Beaver, The Electric Hips, and Rob Wallace and the Mess. Ryan worked for B.C. Stone and after moving to Ridgeley, WV he worked for the Western Maryland Collision Center where he received loving support with his fight with cancer. Through his autobody painting he developed a natural talent for pinstriping. That talent led to him being a member of the Pittsburgh High Scrollers and the York Brush Brigade. These groups raised money for Make-a -Wish Foundation and the Pittsburgh Autism Society. He became internationally recognized for his work in pinstriping and he was featured in Pinstriping & Kustom Graphics magazine. His pinstriping work is very well sought after by locals and art auction groups. Ryan passed down his music talent and teachings to his son Ryder. This past Christmas with the help of his friend Jason Ingrodi he spent numerous hours building himself and his son guitars. Ryan also enjoyed mountain biking local trails and rode like lightning thrown from the hand of Zeus with his best friend and brother Mark at Rocky Gap. Legend has it that, on his bike, he jumped the coal pile at Snake Spring Elementary School over the Drive-In Theater. He once told a joke that the whole county could be heard laughing for the next three days.  TrailHeat was a group he and Mark, along with other friends, created to keep connected with other riders on social media. While fighting cancer every hour of chemo treatment he received he would ride or hike a mile. As a cancer benefit, he rode “100 Miles to Nowhere” that consisted of a 3 ½ mile circle. He was a big advocate of mtn biking and encouraged others to ride. His biggest supporter Melanie Meyer, his angel from the woods, helped create the mtn bike community they rode in. The family would like to express their thanks to Liz, Katie and all the staff at Schwab Family Cancer Center in Cumberland, MD.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford, with Uncle Mike officiating. Friends will be received on Saturday, from 10 – 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made in Ryan’s name to the Cumberland Skatepark, 112 Baltimore Street, Suite 201, Cumberland, MD 21502. Our online guest book is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.

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Services

Receiving of Friends & Family
Saturday
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Berkebile Funeral Home
214 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 10, 2024

2:00 PM
Berkebile Funeral Home
214 South Juliana Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Donations

Cumberland Skatepark
112 Baltimore Street, Suite 201, Cumberland MD 21502

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