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Miguel Rivas, Jr.

Miguel Rivas, Jr.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 1954 Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Miguel Rivas, Jr.

Springfield – Miguel Rivas, Jr., 66, passed away on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Miguel was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 2nd, 1954, to Miguel Rivas and Irene Irizarry. Miguel graduated from Tech High School and obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Kaplan University. Miguel joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and served four years before coming back home to Springfield and getting involved in Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. In 1981 he became the first Latino to run for a Springfield City Council seat. In 1982 he was appointed as the City’s first Puerto Rican Park Commissioner. Miguel went on to serve on the New North Citizens Council Board of Directors as well as the Spanish American Union. He worked for Brightwood Development Corp., for 10 years, the last four as Executive Director. From 1996-2004 he worked for the City’s Office of Community Development and Office of Economic Development. He also coached baseball, softball and basketball for various community teams for more than 30 years.

Miguel was predeceased by his father and his Stepmother: Rosalia Rivas. Miguel was very much loved by his family. Miguel leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 46 yeras, Gloria Rivas, Three Sons: Jose M. Rivas and his wife Kelly Lynn Rivas, Dr. Juan Hernandez and his wife Patricia Jusino-Hernandez and Christopher Rivas, his daughter: Jessica A. Rivas and her fiancé, Miguel Hernandez, Two Brothers: Hector Rivas and Johnny Rivas, Six Sisters: Elba Santiago, Elsie Rivas, Milagros Rivas, Nancy Arroyo, Miguelina Rivas and Gladys Martinez, Eleven Grandchildren: Arelela Rivas, Sergio Hernandez, Jose M. Rivas, Jr., Nina Hernandez, Isaiah Hernandez, Isaac Hernandez, Gabriel Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Anthony Hernandez, Naiya Hernandez and Anastasia Rivas, Two Great Grandchildren: Riley Hernandez and Royaltii Nunn, and a host of family and friends.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, at Puerta Del Cielo® Funeral Home, 730 State Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. There will be a Mass at 11:00 AM, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 40 Waverly Street, Springfield, MA, followed by his burial at 1:00 PM, at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Puerta Del Cielo® Funeral Home
    730 State Street
    Springfield, Massachusetts
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    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Puerta Del Cielo® Funeral Home
    730 State Street
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
    9:30am - 10:30am
    There will be a Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, 40 Waverly Street, Springfield, MA, on October 28, 2020, at 11:00 AM.
  • Service

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Puerta Del Cielo® Funeral Home
    730 State Street
    Springfield, Massachusetts
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
    6:00pm
  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
    1390 Main Street
    Agawam, Massachusetts
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
    1:00pm

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Carol A Labonte

Mike (Splash) was a member of my class at the Y and he was so much fun for all the members. He had an amazing ability to make the entire class laugh each day. Even though the pool at the Y closed last year I still think of him. I mention him to my other classes telling them how much fun he was. Without a doubt I know the entire class will miss him and the fun he brought to the class. I loved you Splash and I will never forget you.

Carol A Labonte
Comment | Posted at 01:22pm via Condolence
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Orlando

A wonderful man who lived to serve his Family, Country and his Community.
He was always smiling looking for conversation in making one feel important. A loving and caring friend always ready to help.
He influence many in politics as well in character.
My condolences to the family and his lovely wife Gloria.
Much Love,
Orlando Santiago
Comment | Posted at 09:25am via Condolence
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Cathie Curran

Gloria, my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time.

Cathie ( Mercy Chapel)
Comment | Posted at 05:35pm via Condolence
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Mirella Hernández-Parbus

Cuz you have gained your wings and though we are Devastated by your loss We are Grateful that your pain has ended. Cousins are our first friends our brothers and sisters our confidants and you were mine! Those memories will always be with me and I know you'll be watching over us! Love Titi Lydia,Mirella, Jennifer and David
Comment | Posted at 03:01pm via Condolence
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LOURDES SOTO

Cousins are the ones with whom we share the most beautiful memories of our lives. Even though you have gone away, you touched our lives in different ways. Our hearts are filled with so much pain, but we know that you have gone to a place where there are no tears nor sorrow, only laughter and smiles. You have gone home to rest and you are not alone, all who went before you have received another angel in heaven. It is difficult for us to let go, your memories we will keep a flow. Rest our dear cousin with peace of mind.
Love Always your cousins (The Soto’s)
Lourdes, Michael, Richard, Maxime and Lucy (Tutti)
Comment | Posted at 02:02pm via Condolence
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