Mayor Sessoms’ Statement on the Death of Roger “Buddy” Riggs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Virginia Beach has lost a great leader with the death of Roger “Buddy” Riggs. Buddy is one of a handful of men who helped create the modern City of Virginia Beach, as a member of the merger committee in the early 1960s. Buddy later served on the City Council from 1976 to 1980, was a member of the Planning Commission and the School Board. He was even a leader in the local surfing community. Many Virginia Beach surfers got their first board from Buddy, and he was inducted into the East Coast Surfing Championships Legends Hall of Fame in 2012. Buddy helped make Virginia Beach the great city it is, from its birth until today.

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