In Loving Memory
Victor Joseph Rivera
John Thomas Memorial Chapel... 8:00 9:00 a.m.
Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral... 9:30 a.m.
Interment at Western Cemetery
Friday, December 16, 1988
Vincent, Antonio, Victor, Romeo,
Leander. Lawrence and Leslie Rivera
Maria. Rose. Gail, Bernice and Maureen Rivera
Numerous grandchildren. including
Leslie, Jr., Dionne, Devon, Miguel, Paul.
Demond. David, Kevin and Shari
Barbara, Leona, Janice and Marcia
Donald, Marc and Paul
5 Great-Nephews. 2 Great-Nieces
VICTOR JOSEPH RIVERA
June 30, 1918 December 9. 1988
Victor Joseph Rivera was born in Charlotte Amalle, St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands on June 30, 1918. He was the second of six
children born to Joseph (Jesus) and Veronica (Miss Vero) Rivera. On
December 8, 1988, he was stricken at home with a heart attack and
died on December 9, 1988, at the St. Thomas Hospital.
Mr. Rivera graduated from the Catholic School in St. Thomas and
began his career as a skilled craftsman in 1936. As a young boy, he
learned his trade of carpentry by apprenticeship and, additionally, he
was self taught. In the building trades, he was considered to be a very
Mr. Rivera's career spanned both the private and public sectors.
which included the Fire and Public Works Departments. Many homes
on St. Thomas contain samples of his craftsmanship. Mr. Victor
worked at the 1. Levin store, which is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Costas
Coulianos, for twenty years, before retiring in 1983.
Mr. Rivera's work ethic was a shining example for all. He had his
moments of merriment, but he was very serious about fulfilling his
Sunday obligation to God. His seven sons were a special source of pride
to him and he loved his entire family.
Let us give thanks to the Lord that Mr. Rivera was able to spend
some very happy moments with his family and friends during his retire.
ment years. We will all miss him very much.
May the angels lead you into paradise;
May the martyrs come to
welcome you and take you
to the holy city, the new
and eternal Jerusalem.
Rest in peace.
I cannot pin point with certainty the time when Victor Rivera
came to work as a maintenance man for the properties belonging to our
family. However, I do know for a fact that a good part of his life was
spent with us. For this reason we considered him an unofficial member
of the family, with the keys to our house. In other words, he was a
very trustworthy person to the fullest meaning of the word.
I am quite sure this long association and attachment with us was
the reason he earned from his immediate circle of friends the nickname
"Mr. Levin," and I think that Victor, deep inside, liked this teasing be.
cause he never objected to it. Victor was a conscientious, hard working
person, and felt proud of his work. He was a believer in perfection.
But his biggest admiration and love were his seven sons. When speaking
of them, you could clearly see the inner pride spreading all over his
This caliber of St. Thomian is gradullay becoming harder to find
as the years go by and indeed we are starting to feel their absence.
Costas H. Coullanos
"Death came like a thief in the night
and stole our love away"
To our very special uncle who left us quietly on Saturday Uncle
Victor was very loving and affectionate. His nieces and nephews were
very special to him.
We loved him but God loved him more. He has taken him and his
beautiful, melodious voice to sing in his heavenly choir.
"Sleep on. Uncle, sleep and take your rest. Lie down your head
upon your Saviour's breast."
Barbara, Leona, Janico. Marcia and Donald
TO THE MEMORY OF VICTOR J. RIVERA
As we gather here today
To say goodbye to our good friend Victor
It's hard to find words to say,
Victor was a kind, loving person
Always willing to lend a hand to anyone
Vic, the group and I are going to miss you very much.
To his family.. .
Vic was a good father,
Brother and uncle
I would like to close with these words:
With our eyes we see
With our ears we hear
With our hands we touch
But only with our hearts we
Miss someone after they depart.
Rest in peace.
Eulalie, the Guardian Angels
and the Six-thirty Group
SOrder of Service
Celebrant... The Very Reverend Patrick Gaffney, C.SSR.
Organist... Faye Moon
Entrance Hymn ................... Just a Closer Walk With Thee
First Reading ............................... Wisdom 3:1-9
Mr. Antonio Rivera
Responsorial Psalm ... Psalm 23:1-3, 34. 5.6 The Lord Is My Shepherd
Mrs. Lydia Boschulte
Response of the Faithful:
The Lord Is My Shepherd. There Is Nothing I Shall Want
Second Reading ...
Prayer of the Faithful
The Offering .....
Offertory Hymn ..
Sign of Peace Hymn
Communion Hymn .
Alleluia Jesus .....
Recessional Hymn .
.......................... Romans 6:3-9
Mr. Knolly Beazer
......................... John 11:25,26
..................... .. Mrs. Leona Stevens
..... .. Miguel Kalon Rivera and Leslie Rivera, Jr.
..........................Be Not Afraid
.................... Prayer of St. Francis
................ To Be the Body of the Lord
............... Mrs. Gail Shulterbrandt-Rivera
...................... the Guardian Angels
.............. The Church Is One Foundation
Vincent Rivera / Victor Rivera/ Antonio Rivera
Romeo Rivera / Leander Rivera / Leslie Rivera
Patrick George / Juanito Walters