Though “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s memorials are closed to the public, Ariel Toombs — Piper’s daughter — is asking for fans of her late father to share in a moment of silence during his funeral on August 11.
This is a personal invitation from the Toombs family to take a moment in unity to remember Roddy Piper. It’s something the family wanted to do so the fans and people around the world who can’t attend his private funeral feel included. They thank you all for the support and love. Please share this event everywhere.
To all friends and fans of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper worldwide, you are invited, wherever you are, whether at home, at work or out and about, to take a moment in silence for an astounding man and world-class entertainer. August 11th at 10:30 am PST. (1:30 PM EST)
“Please join us in a moment of silence in honor of my dad Roddy Piper, (@R_Roddy_Piper) in conjunction with his private funeral service.” – Ariel Teal Toombs
Other news outlets have been reporting that the funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 12th, the day after the SmackDown taping in Portland.
A memorial will be held for Piper in Los Angeles on the 17th. The following was released to the press by the World-Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood:
A private memorial is in the works for beloved pro-wrestler, actor and comedian “Rowdy” Roddy Piper who passed away last week at his home in Hollywood, California. Set to take place Monday, August 17th at The Comedy Store, this private memorial will include friends from all facets of Roddy Piper’s life and career which ran the gamut of wrestling, acting, stand up comedy, live and broadcast TV, film and numerous business and charitable ventures. His closest friends/colleagues in L.A. will share stories and experiences about Roddy over the years.
Organizer and Roddy Piper friend, comic Steve Simeone said of the event “The Comedy Store is the adopted home of so many ‘comic orphans’ and Roddy became like a dad or big brother to all of us. He became family. I wanted to have a get together where we could get up and share our favorite stories about this incredible man who we all love and will miss greatly. This is a night for Roddy’s friends to celebrate what a great friend he was to all of us.”
Roddy Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs had this to say about the memorial, “I know a lot of friends who will appreciate something like this in L.A., especially because the funeral will be up in Oregon and a lot of folks won’t be able to make that trip. It means a lot that Steve and the Comedy Store family are putting this together.” Pro-wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts agent, producer and longtime friend of Piper, Rick Bassman commented, “Roddy’s sudden death has hit all in the pro-wrestling and fight world pretty hard. I’m very grateful that the Comedy Store is doing this for our friend, and we intend to go the distance to insure that Roddy is remembered in a manner which would make him proud.” Helping to organize this send off is Mitch Ackerman, Roddy’s best friend who remarked, “I appreciate all the love and support from all the friends and fans of Roddy’s. Other than Madison Square Garden I don’t think there is a more appropriate place to have this memorial than at the Comedy Store”
The Toombs family invites the worldwide public who can’t attend Roderick George Toombs’ private funeral or memorial to a moment of silence, planned for the same day and time as Piper’s private funeral, August 11th at 10:30 am PST.