OBITUARY

George Aquilino Rivers

August 12, 1957February 3, 2019
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NEW IBERIA – A celebration of life visitation will be held for George Aquilino Rivers, age 61, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Evangeline Funeral Home in New Iberia.

A rosary will be prayed at 4:00 pm by the Men’s Rosary Group and be followed by a Eulogy from Mr. Rivers family and friends. Interment will be held privately at a later date.

A native of Killeen, TX and resident of New Iberia, LA, George passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Iberia Medical Center.

George was the most genuine and kind man you could ever have the joy of knowing. He was a truly selfless person who dedicated his time and efforts to helping better the lives of those less fortunate and down trodden. George was very active in the community and was a leader in the AA. He was often called “Jesus on Earth” for his helping nature and his tendency to walk around bare footed everywhere he went. George provided food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, and help for the sick. He enjoyed cooking a lot and was well known by all as an excellent baker, especially for his pineapple upside-down cake. George was a tradesman and worked in the construction industry for many years. He dealt with everything from infrastructure to carpentry. In his down time, George loved to fish. He would often catch and release unless someone need a nice meal. A loving son, brother, uncle, and friend to all, George will be truly and deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his father, Albert Rivers, Sr.; step-mother, Janell Rivers; sister, Laura Roeben and husband Herman; step-sister, Mary Ester Selle; nieces and nephews, Jason Rivers, Michelle Roeben, Julie Roeben, and Natisha; step-niece, Crystal Rivers; great nieces and nephews, Taryn Roeben, Dean Roeben, Reese Roeben, Evelyn Lautzenheiser, Brandon Lautzenheiser, Tommie Mae Brown, Jorge Colon, Josh Colon, and Blake Batista; and great-great nieces and nephews, Tray-tray, Peanut, Panda, and Pecan.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Gulia Rivers; and brother, Albert Rivers, Jr.

To view the on-line obituary, video tribute and sign the guest register, please visit www.evangelinefuneralhome.com.

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia is in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert Rivers Sr., Father
  • Janell Rivers, Step-mother
  • Laura Roeben, Sister
  • Herman Roeben, Brother-in-law
  • Joyce Rivers, Mother
  • Albert Rivers Jr., Brother
  • nieces and nephews, Jason Rivers, Michelle Roeben, Julie Roeben, and Natisha; step-niece, Crystal Rivers; great nieces and nephews, Taryn Roeben, Dean Roeben, Reese Roeben, Evelyn Lautzenheiser, Brandon Lautzenheiser, Tommie Mae Brown, Jorge Colon, Josh Colon, and Blake Batista; and great-great nieces and nephews, Tray-tray, Peanut, Panda, and Pecan.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Gathering Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

George Aquilino Rivers

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Tina Greene

February 8, 2019

George, I thank you for the love you have for your community and the human race. Although I did not know you personally, your cousin Jackie Singletary is very precious to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you gain your wings.

Jeri Lynn (Rivers) Kreier

February 7, 2019

Cousin George, you are forever remembered in my heart with the smile that you wore everywhere and your life’s legacies of kindness towards others. You never met a stranger and ALWAYS gave and did for others, even if it meant you would do without. I’m grateful my girls got to fish with you at dads. Thank you for sharing with them. We love and will miss you always! Jeri Lynn

Keith Shadden

February 7, 2019

George always said I was his first friend that he made in OK when he and the family moved here. I remember that we both had long hair and believe he, Albert and myself were told not to come back unless we had cut our hair. George and Albert wanted to play football and it was required here then. I know that I got expelled and can't remember if George and Albert did but not only did we become friends but almost from the beginning we found a solidarity with each other. George taught me how to make fried rice and I think we shared almost everything. If one had something, so did the other. We celebrated life in many different ways together and also each other's joys and sadnesses, especially when we lost Albert. Through it all we stayed the best of friends as we travelled life's journey, our solidarity was never broken. As time went on George became one of my oldest and dearest friends and it was always a happy reunion when we got together. I remember one of his last messages, if not his last to me was, "I carry you in my heart always". It was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Well brother, I carry you in my heart always and know there will be joy when we see each other again. May your journey be blessed and one of peace and joy. You now have seen wonders that we can't even imagine and we all have an angel who is barefoot and always smiling, watching over us. Until we meet again, mahal kita brother.

jerry Rivas

February 5, 2019

I first met George and Albert by accident in 1971. The mailman delivered their mail to my house 4 blocks away. My mom told me to take it over there. That day started a friendship that lasted almost 50 years. We called his dad "Frenchie". And Frenchie opened his home as well as his heart to a lot of us kids. Georges dad thought it was funny that he had two brothers named Jack and Jerry, and my name is Jerry, and I had a twin brother named Jack. I ended up being one of the throw away kids that Frenchie took in and raised as if we were his real kids. He mentored us, He taught us how to work and how to stand up and be counted as men. Albert and George were absolutely the best friends I had in my teen years. Now back in those days we used to tease George quite a bit because he was a lot smaller than us. "Georgie, porgy, puddin and pie, kiss the girls and make them cry" was a favorite chant.....But dang if the girls all thought he was cute.....Dont know if he made any of em cry, but he sure kissed a bunch of them. And the silly stuff we did in cars.....Good Lord, its a wonder we lived to be old men. I know this is rambling......but just thinking about George being gone makes me so sad......I hope he is back together with Albert.....Dang George......We always called one another brothers.......But this hurts even worse than losing my twin.....God speed my little brother.....Fly high. I love you man, Jerry.

Mimi Campbell

February 5, 2019

Please accept of sincere condolences.

Vance and Mimi Campbell

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