Obituary for Walter R. Rivers

Walter Robert Rivers, 85, of Plainville,
Passed away while visiting his beloved family in California on Friday, March 25, 2011.
He was the husband of the late Ruth (Bass) Rivers.
Walter was born in New Britain on May 5, 1925, one of three sons to the late
Edward J. and Mary Ellen (McNamara) Rivers. Upon graduation from New Britain High School,
he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving his country in France and Germany during W.W. II.
He was honorably discharged in 1945, and returned home to marry his sweetheart, Ruth,
with whom he would share 53 years of love and devotion. They built their home in Plainville
where they raised their daughter, Barbara. Walter had a longtime career as a quarry dispatcher for
New Haven Trap Rock and Tilcon, retiring after more than 30 years. An outdoors enthusiast, Walter
enjoyed hunting, fishing, could be found many days working on his car. He and Ruth shared many traveling
adventures together, and especially enjoyed visiting their grandchildren in California.

A wonderful father and grandfather, Walter leaves his family with many cherished memories, and will be dearly missed.
He leaves his daughter, Barbara White and her husband, Ken of Fair Oaks, CA; his three adored grandsons,
John White of Seattle, WA; Greg White of Carmichael, CA and Colin White of Fair Oaks, CA; his brother,
Raymond Rivers and his wife, Alice of Onset, MA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Rivers.

Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday at 9 a.m. from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville,
followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
Committal services will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain.

Family and friends may gather on Sunday, from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Walter may be remembered with contributions to

The American Cancer Society,
825 Brook St., Bldg. 3,
Rocky Hill, CT 06067.