WPCA Mourns The Passing of Former Competitor Terry Vigen
March 19, 1958 – December 5, 2018
The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by the sudden passing of former chuckwagon driver and outrider Terry Vigen on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the age of 60 years.
As the son of legendary chuckwagon driver Ralph Vigen, there was little doubt that Terry would have some active involvement in chuckwagon racing, and in 1976 Terry started his competitive career as an outrider for his father. In his rookie season, Terry was one of the outriders that helped his father win the 1976 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby championship. In 1989 Terry started his career as a chuckwagon driver with the Peace Country Chuckwagon and Chariot Association (PCCCA) as well as holding a permit with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA). In 1989 Terry was named the PCCCA’s Top Rookie Driver.
In 1990 Terry had his best season as a chuckwagon driver when he placed second overall in the PCCCA standings which qualified him to compete at the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby in 1991 - his lone appearance at the big show. He continued to hold a permit with the WPCA until 1993 when he took out full membership. Terry retired from active competition in 1994.
Terry leaves to mourn his children: Joshua Vigen, Matt Vigen(Andrea), Abbey Gavin(Brad), and six grandchildren; siblings: Douglas Vigen (Carolyn), Brenda Donohue (Glenn), Cheryl Vigen (Dave), Mike Vigen(Karen).
He was predeceased by his father Ralph, mother Dolores, brother Gary, and grandson Ethan Gavin. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 19,2019 at 3pm Bear Creek Funeral Home/Richmond Reception Centre 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com.
Terry will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Vigen family.