Ricardo Rivera's family

Lamento tener que informarles que nuestro gran amigo, Ricardo Rivera Sotomayor falleció inesperadamente el 21 de noviembre de 2017, a la edad de 46 años. Esperamos aún por los resultados de forence .
Los que le conocimos sabemos que durante su corto andar sobre la faz de la tierra, su amistad, lealtad, humildad y alegría, tocó muchos corazones. Nunca titubeó para dar la mano al necesitado y siempre trató de dar lo mejor de sí.
Fué presidente de su clase graduanda en la Escuela Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos en Levittown. Fué presidente de su clase de Ingeniería Química en el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Fué teniente en la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico.
En sus últimos años vivió en Tampa, Fl. USA, pero en su corazón siempre estuvo el amor a su isla, a la salsa gorda, a la bomba y plena, a su bandera la cual cargaba con orgullo a donde quiera que iba.
Para Ricardo su familia lo era todo. No solo era esposo, sino padre y su súbita e inespirada partida, les deja a su viuda Eileen Barreto y a sus hijos Xaymara Rivera, Ricardo Rivera y Karina Rivera, un gran dolor y una difícil situación económica en los meses venideros.
Es por ello que con humildad les pido que ante este inesperado suceso le brindemos no solo apoyo espiritual, sino economico.
No les pido grandes cantidades, sino un poco de cooperación. Gracias.
Descansa en paz querido amigo.

It is regrettably that I inform you all that our great friend, Ricardo Rivera Sotomayor, passed away suddenly this past 21st of November 2017, at 46 years of age. We still await the results of the forensic report.

We, who knew him during his short journey on earth, know of his dedicated friendship, loyalty, humility and joy. He touched many hearts, never hesitating in lending a helping hand to those in need and always doing the best he could.

He was class president of his high school graduating class, at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos School in Levittown, and also class president of his Chemical Engineering graduating class at the Mayaguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

During his last years he’d been living in Tampa, FL, USA, but holding always in his heart an immeasurable love for his native island, for salsa music, for bomba and plena, and, of course,  for his puerto rican flag that he carried with him proudly everywhere he went.

For Ricardo, his family was everything. Not only was he an adoring husband but also a devoted father. His untimely and unexpected departure will leave his widow Eileen Barreto and children Xaymara Rivera, Ricardo Rivera and Karina Rivera with a tremendous grief and a difficult economic situation in the months to come. It is, given the current circumstance, that I ask humbly for spiritual as well as economic support. We don’t expect big amounts, just a heartfelt cooperation from anyone willing to help.

Rest in Peace, our dear Friend.



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  • Lyxlia De Jesus-Boodhoo  
    • $1,000 
    • 45 mos
  • Rachel Lubeck 
    • $60 
    • 45 mos
  • Luis Ortiz 
    • $300 
    • 46 mos
  • Brenda Maldonado 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
  • Omy Mendez 
    • $200 
    • 46 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Omy Mendez 
Organizer
Brandon, FL
Eileen Barreto 
Beneficiary
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