Anthony Raymond Rivera

September 8, 1930December 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, 8 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 2 sisters, Delia Dean & 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 when we were young along with our cousins when they came to visit. 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.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Diana Coram

January 17, 2021

I will miss you, but you will always be in my heart.💜 You made me the woman I am today by teaching me how to be resourceful , kind, and the desire to help others. Your love for nature rubbed off on me and I will forever be greatful for that gift. That’s where I see God and I know that’s where you saw him , too. You gave me so many memories to carry with me for the rest of my life. You will always be with me when I’m volunteering and out hiking in nature. I thank God for giving me you as my father. Now you can rest in the Father’s arms and let him take care of you.
I Love you as I’m sure you already know. Enjoy your ice cream in Heaven!
Your daughter, Diana

Anthony Stabler

January 9, 2021

I’ll Be There

Author Unknown

There was no time to say goodbye
But this I ask – please do not cry
Remember me as you think best
The happy time – forget the rest.
Look for me and I’ll be there
And you will find me everywhere
In the gentle touch of breeze
That cools the skin or swirls the leaves.
In the scent and colour of flowers
That gave to me such happy hours
On sunny days under sunny skies of blue
Just think of me, I’ll be with you.

Mans greatest sorrow, the time not spent knowing greater Men!
For the man who's name I was given, I will keep you in my memories and attempt to bring honor to the name Anthony.
May you walk the street of glory with peach wine runneth over your cup!

Anthony J. Stabler

Rick Ornelas

January 6, 2021

RIP Uncle Tony. You will be missed.

Debra Dean

January 6, 2021

Uncle Buddy tall and gallant. Funny with your Donald Duck voice that Stacy Hebert reminded me of. Memories of big watermelons cut and eaten in slices not scooped on beautiful days that My old home town offers. Your 4th of July party that I got to come to two or three times since I moved to Texas. Reaching out to my mom Delia ; I’m sure made a difference to all of us. More than anything else when I was there two years ago visiting you, I acknowledge that you have always been active in your church. When I asked you if Jesus was your Lord and Savior and if you had asked him into your heart? because I wanted to see my family and those that I love in heaven when I get there because he is my Lord. You pointed Heaven ward & mouthed heaven. I consider that all in and all done. And just like I told you that day “I’ll see you again “ I love you. Debra D Dean

Anthony Rivera

January 4, 2021

RIP dad. Thank you for teaching me life lessons in getting a good education, working hard, getting a good job, to enjoy family and life.
Your loving son Tony Jr

Maggie Rivera

January 4, 2021

Our lives together were filled with family, friends, travel and adventures. I will cherish all the good times. R.I.P. Love always.

Karin Woods

January 1, 2021

To all the Family,
Thank you for sharing Grandpa Tony with our family all these years. We loved him and felt loved by him. We will always remember his kindness, generosity and love for life and having fun.
God give you the courage and strength to get through this tearful time.

We love you all so much,
William Gerard & Karin

Melissa Fugitt

January 1, 2021

I love you grandpa! Thank you for teaching me how to take care of the bunnies. I loved playing in the garden while you worked on it. I will miss picking strawberries with you.


Kristina Coram Sebby

December 31, 2020

We Love You Grandpa!

Thank You For All The Great Memories.
We Had A Lot Of Fun Together.
You Are Forever In Our Hearts.

Kristina, Ben, & Cameron

Carol Falcon

December 30, 2020

RIP Dad. Thanks for all the great memories. Your love, advice and all the dancing 💃🏻 will be missed. Love you baby girl. Besos😘