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Whalen & Ball Funeral Home

168 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY

OBITUARY

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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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.

Travis Richardson

July 29, 2020

Rest in Peace. Eddie Rivera was one of the most unique person, I have had the pleasure to meet.

Karen Emory

July 29, 2020

Eddie was a great guy, I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. He always made me laugh when dealing with bunker gear and the firefighters. He had an immense amount of integrity and heart and his memory will continue to stay with me and put a smile on my face. He will be remembered fondly.

victor zamaloff

July 29, 2020

Forever influenced by My Brother in arms and on the street.
"Special Ed crew"
Rest Easy Brother

Benjamin Cortijo

July 28, 2020

Eddie was my neighbor and my friend. There are few people in my life that I clicked with as quickly as I did with him. Eddie was a giver with a big heart. He thought nothing of offering his time, help, and generosity if you needed it. I will truly miss him! There are many kinds of people that make this world go around, Eddie embodied the very best in what a human being should be. Eddie was a perfect example of what it means to be a good, loving, decent person. I will truly miss him.

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