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Harold Rivet


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Harold "Hal" Rivet

Harold "Hal" Rivet, 92 years young, of Marblehead, passed away unexpectedly on January 26, 2016 after a vibrant life that was split into three segments; family and accomplishments, retirement and lastly current events. Harold's wife, Marjorie, of 62 years predeceased him in 2013. She was the love of his life meeting at a World War II Victory Dance; he a Marine who served in the South Pacific and Marjorie, a Navy nurse serving in Norfolk, VA. Harold and Marjorie settled in Pittsfield, MA. Harold retired from General Electric in 1989 and he and Marjorie abandoned the snowy Berkshires and moved to Florida to enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Gulf Coast of Mexico for the next 20 years where Sun days were dedicated to a full day under the sun with a sundae stop at Kilwins Ice Cream in St. Armand's Circle. His close friends from Pittsfield did not mind that they moved to Florida as the Rivet house was their house and the Rivet parties moved south. Harold and Marjorie were able to enjoy their second stage of retirement in Marblehead, MA where they met many good friends and great doctors, that kept him young as well as a very special priest, Father Michael Steele. Harold is survived by his niece, Sandy Twyon of Sarasota; three daughters, Cindy of NY and Patty and Michele of Marblehead; one sister Claire of Turners Falls, MA as well as many nieces and nephews and three dogs. Harold was a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Hartford. He began his career by opening a TV store (when TV's were just becoming commonplace in the household). He quickly became household name, a result of his kind and infectious personality. It was not unlike him to do kind deeds. He graciously accepted a puppy, Suzy, from an elderly woman who couldn't afford her television repair (not initially embraced by his wife, Marjorie, Suzy enjoyed a good long life with them for 15 years with a bed by the stove). Harold accepted an opportunity to work for General Electric in the days when Jack Welch was at the helm. Harold was a member of the G. E. Golf Club as well as a bowling team during the winter months. Harold enjoyed many family vacations (even though he later resided in vacationland) always destined for sunny locations. Harold will be remembered for so many things, among them his dry sense of humor, avid daily newspaper reading, giant dimples, late night dining, glass of champagne and a "Hi Ho Hi Ho" for everyone. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead on Tuesday, February 9 at 10p.m. Burial to follow in Star of the Sea Cemetery, Marblehead. All are welcome to celebrate his life. Visiting hours will be held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Monday, February 8 from 4-6PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust (Archdiocese of Boston) 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184. Please visit the online guestbook for Hal at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 30, 2016
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