Anthony Raymond Rivera
September 8, 1930 - December 28, 2020
Anthony was born in San Diego to Benjamin and Ovedia Rivera. He was married to Maggie Ornelas, the love of his life for 69 years. Together they had three beautiful children, Anthony, Diana, and Carol, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Maggie, his son, Anthony (Lynnette), daughters, Diana Coram (Steve), Carol Falcon (Phil), grandchildren, Kristina Sebby (Ben), Nicholas Rivera, David Rivera (Tina), Melissa Fugitt (Ben), Joshua Rivera (Kim), Holly Cross (Ronnie), Brianna Sanders (Jeff), Elena Falcon. His 11 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Cross, James and Catherine Fugitt, Cameron Sebby, Lucas, Olivia and Zachary Rivera, Jorge Gaviria, Alyssa, and Amora Rivera, and Jaxson Sanders. A brother, Benjamin Rivera. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him dearly. Preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Delia Dean and Sylvia Stabler Green.Working to make life better for his fellow man, he got involved in politics. Helping Larry Kapiloff with his campaign, President of the UAW in San Diego and President of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, National City. Always working fundraisers to help children and families. But at the end of day, he was out dancing with his sweetheart! Tony always loved a good party and threw the best Fourth of July parties! He truly was "Mr. Fourth of July."We will never forget your love of life. The many early mornings spent fishing at Shelter Island Pier. Taking us on spontaneous weekend road trips to visit family. Until his stroke in 1997, he spent numerous hours developing his grand garden. A nature lover by heart, he enjoyed all of God's creations. It brought him peace, bountiful fruits and vegetables to share with the neighbors. Truly, a kind and faithful servant. He will be missed! We love you, Dad!In Lieu of flowers, give back to nature. Plant a tree! And carry forward the Fourth of July party in true Tony fashion.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 8, 2021.