Petronilo "Tommy" Thomas Rivera Sr. 71, went with the Lord on October 7, 2012. He was born May 31, 1941 in Safford, Arizona.
Tommy was an active member of the Wellton Community. He was one of the first EMT volunteers for Tri-Valley Ambulance, Chief of the Wellton Fire Department and member of the Road Runner Fire Department. Tommy worked for the Southern & Union Pacific Railroads for 40 years where he retired.
Tommy was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he held the titles of Grand Knight (Fourth Degree) 15 years, St. Joseph Council, District Deputy 5 years and Faithful Navigator 1 year. He was also a member of the Wellton Parks & Rec and the C.I.C. During the summer he volunteered as a Baseball and Basketball coach. He pursued his education at AWC, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Tommy was a loving husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary of 53 years; his mother, Blasa Rivera; children, Stella Perez (Rick), Petronilo Thomas Jr. (Carol), Louis Frank (Maria) Sylvia St, Martin (Curt), Selena Schmidt (Stephen), Sonya Tyler (Mike) Jerry Michael Rivera, Sophia Castro (Jose), Mark Rivera (Ashley), Julissa Quiroz and Sara Rivera (Mike); 3 brothers and 3 sisters, 53 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Rivera; sister, Petra Lopez; brothers, Reynaldo and Joe Rivera; grandson, Joshua Perez and daughters, Susie and Stephanie Rivera.
Viewing will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Friday October 12, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Mass will be at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:00pm. Burial will follow immediately after services at Wellton Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Rivera, Mark Rivera, Petronilo Rivera Jr., Louis Rivera, Jose C. Castro, Mike Podborny Sr., Danny Quiroz Sr., Rick Perez and Stephen Schmidt.
Honorary Pallbearers Jose R. Castro, Curt Cabatu, David Rodriguez, Michael Tyler Sr., Michael Tyler Jr., Fernando Perez, Thomas R. St. Martin Jr., Michael Rivera, AJ Quintana, Luis Contreras and Curt Lee Calaway Jr.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Memory of Petronilo Thomas Rivera Sr.