Eduardo Rivera

October 13, 1956July 25, 2020

Eduardo (Eddie) Rivera of Poughkeepsie NY passed away on July 25, 2020 at the age of 63 after a long and courageous fight with Pancreatic Cancer. Eddie passed peacefully at home with his loved ones at his side.

Eduardo Antonio Rivera was born in Santa Clara, Cuba on October 13, 1956 to Romelio and Isabel Rivera. Eddie and his brother, Wilfredo, took one of the last flights out of Cuba with their mother, joining his father who awaited them in Florida in 1961. His family moved to New York a short time later where he attended Incarnation Elementary and Cardinal Hayes High School, graduating in 1975.

Eddie obtained a Bachelors of Science in Spanish from St. John’s University in Queens; and, a second Bachelors in Physical education from City University (Herbert Lehman College) where he also served as an adjunct professor. Eddie was an accomplished long-distance runner in college and later went on to run the New York City Marathon. Additionally, he had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch on its journey to the 1980 Opening Ceremonies in Lake Placid.

He worked 9 years in the Hyde Park School District where he continued his life-long love of teaching. He had many talents and skills. He became one of the first paramedics in Dutchess county. His energy and relentless quest for excellence earned him the respect of all who knew him. He later joined the Yonkers Fire Department, from which he retired in 2013. During his 26 years as a firefighter he won numerous awards for his work. Eddie had the honor of serving as a First Responder during the 911 crisis working at Ground Zero. His fellow firefighters—always referred to as his “brothers”—became his extended family. Countless numbers of this firefighter brotherhood supported him, and visited him, throughout his extended illness and in his final days. All that knew Eddie know he was the most principled, passionate, energetic and genuinely honest person.

He also, loved athletics and the outdoors. He played basketball, baseball, softball and was an accomplished skier serving on Hunter Mountain’s Ski patrol for 12 years. He practiced martial arts, obtaining his second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do; Eddie loved to sail and shared his love by teaching sailing at Adirondack Mountain Club in Fire Island. After retirement Eddie learned to play tennis and become a range safety officer and enjoyed target shooting with friends.

Eddie is survived by his mother, Isabel Cirera in Florida; long time partner, Amy Jordan, at home; his children Darian and Lyris; his son Landon, his wife, Nathalie, and their children Nolan and Leona; his stepchildren Jake, Shelby and grandson Logan; his brother Wilfredo and his wife Rossanne and their children Will, Catherine and Rose Angelica. He is predeceased by his father Romelio.

In accordance with Eddie’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are being provided by Whalen and Ball Funeral Home, Yonkers, NY. Eddie’s ashes will be released at sea off the coast of Key West, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sparrows Nest, and Voices of 911.




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Rachel Sheffet

November 17, 2020

Eddie was a masterful teacher and sailing instructor and a one of a kind personality. I will always be grateful for the gift of sailing that he gave me and the time at the AMC cabin that I capsized and could not right the boat and he came out to help, possibly saving my life or at least it seemed so at the time. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones, Rest In Peace Eddie

Willie Rivera

August 19, 2020

Eddie was a passionate and determined person who took whatever he did to a higher level. Throughout that he had a soft side like no other person I’ve known and would give the shirt of his back to even a total stranger. He loved his Family especially his Children along with his many friends. I was truly blessed to have called Eddie my Brother. Rest In Peace Eddie.

Hugo Strubbe

August 7, 2020

I often worked with Eddie as a sailing instructor at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Atlantique, Fire Island. See the previous memory by Ann to understand what a quality instructor he was. I fully agree., and will not even try to add to it.

As she mentions his truck ... here is a little story: Some instructors had found an old boat, a Flying Scot, that somebody was willing to donate to AMC. We decided to accept her and patch her up in Dick Bailey's yard. The boat was in Fort Montgomery, Dick lives in Waccabuc. Eddie volunteered to tow the boat on its (equally old) trailer with his truck, a 30 mile trip . The truck worked perfectly, but the trailer, once over the Bear Mountain Bridge,, broke its axle. So Eddie had to summon a flatbed truck to have boat and trailer brought to Dick's, Must have been quite a surprise for Dick to see that rig arrive at his house!

As always, Eddie delivered as promised. (The boat was successfully restored later.)
Thank you, Eddie, and may you rest in peace.

Ann Halverson

August 6, 2020

I only met Eddie once, and that was during a sailing class on Fire Island. Luckily, Dick Bailey forewarned me of Eddie's amazing personality and drive toward excellence in all things. Without being forewarned, I might not have believed it!
He was truly a special person with a drive toward excellence like I've never met. Eddie really made an impression on me and I feel the better person for having met him.
And ....He Had A Really Nice Truck!

Cora Weis

July 30, 2020

Expressing my condolences to Eddy's family with love.
I enjoyed meeting Eddy at a couple of mini reunion lunches with George and his Lehman track teammates. Eddy always spoke highly of his family.
More recently I was
touched by Eddy's offer to meet and assist us with a home concern, amidst all his health issues. Eddy will not be forgotten.

Eric Benjamin

July 30, 2020

Ed was my partner at Alamo EMS many years ago and he was an outstanding medic and human being. His patients always came first! Ed used to spar with me showing me his new karate moves and we became good friends. I will miss him dearly.

Kevin Lynch

July 29, 2020

Eddie ( Eduardito), The greatest friend anyone could ever ask for!
We should hope our children should be blessed to have a friend like him in their lifetime.
I love Eddie, and I will always miss him!

Mark Iannucci

July 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. I had the ultimate pleasure of working with him during his time assigned to the Special Operations Command of the Yonkers Fire Department. Eddie had a unique way of handling apparatus and equipment in SOC and, at times, his way would leave you shaking your head, but when the alarm hit and things were needed at a moment's notice, Eddie had the item or apparatus ready before you asked for it. Eddie always had a smile on his face and his professionalism always shown through with his respect for the ranks in the department. Eddie probably knew more about "everything" than everyone else but he always gave credit when, even he, learned something new from someone else!! "R.I.P., Brother Ed!"

Helen Lavarnway

July 29, 2020

Great person, Great Medic! My Deepest Condolences to the Rivera Family. May he RIP.

Richard Willey

July 29, 2020

Rest In Peace Eddie. He was a great and dedicated Paramedic in Dutchess County and Firefighter in Yonkers, NY. I last saw Eddie about 15 years ago in Rye Playland on Yonkers Rescue for a first responders display to the public. Always took the time to explain what everything was on the truck to the public.