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Hellman Memorial Chapels

15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY

OBITUARY

Melvin Rivera

October 14, 1961July 13, 2020

Mr. Melvin Rivera, of New City, New York, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020, in Nyack, New York. Melvin was born on October 14, 1961, in the Bronx, New York. He was 58 years old. As per the request of Melvin's family, the final disposition is to remain private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hellman Memorial Chapels, 15 State Street, Spring Valley, New York. 845.356.8600. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hellmanmemorial.com for the Rivera family.

Services

  • Private Disposition

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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Melvin Rivera

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Tree Sobel

July 18, 2020

I only knew Mel for a short time as teammates on the Yankees softball team. But in that short time, he made a significant impression on me. He was a humble, genuine guy, who liked to hang out with his teammates at the bar after the game. He was taken too soon, and we will all truly miss him. RIP Mel, and thanks for all you brought to the world.

Alan Pochter

July 17, 2020

I played softball with and against Mel for many years. Mel was a great teammate, friend and competitor. He fought until the very end! My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Rivera family! RIP Mel!

Steven Arietta

July 16, 2020

When I think of Mel, I think of softball and all the years we played against each other and in more recent years on the same team. He was such a competitor and I much preferred having him on my team and not having to play against him. I will always remember that great big smile he wore along with number 42. I will always remember how happy he was with a bat in his hand or a glove on his hand. I will always remember his powerful hits and homers to all fields. I will always remember, no one in the league hit with such power to the opposite field as he did! So much, that when playing against him I would remind our pitcher not to throw to the outside part of the plate. Although, the thing I will remember most of all is what a great guy and friend he was to all of us. We loved Mel and tonight when we play our game on G 2, we play it in his honor! Tonight, the Yankees wear his name and 42 over our hearts. We will miss our good friend, RIP Mel, RIP!

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