Passed away unexpectedly in San Luis Obispo on February 16, 2013. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he moved to Rohnert Park to attend SSU along with his brother and sister. He was a proud brother of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity and Danza Azteca Xantotl. Ben is lovingly survived by his five year old son Antonio; parents Francisco and Antonia Rivera; siblings Luly, Nena, Christina and Frank and their spouses; eight nephews and nieces, Natalie, Sonny, Emily, Matthew Allen, Frankie, Jocelyn, and Jessica; his Godson Nicholas and great friends Set, Gus, Les, Elias, Benny, Kent and many others. Born with a smile on his face, he was the biggest cuddly bear ever. He was a great son, father, brother and friend, and the guy who made everything better. His passion was his son, spending time on trips to the beach, bike rides and campouts. He was a great role model for those that wanted to be better in life. He will be missed by all who knew him. Friends are invited to a viewing on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. A Rosary Service will be held at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the viewing. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2013