Juan Rafael Rivera is the son of Miguel Angel Rivera Lopez and Providencia Rivera, the 3rd of 6 children, Epifanio, Miguel, Juan, Marcos, Awilda. Julia, and Maria. He is survived by his daughter Provi De Vito, his sons Randy and Frankie Rivera.
Loving Grandfather to Lauren Sully De Vito Magbitang, husband Jay Magbitang; Daryen Faith De Vito, Fiance; Timothy Anevski; Gabrielle Karina Sinibaldi, husband Robert Sinibaldi; Melissa Rivera; Starr Rivera; Jonathan Rivera; and Sarena Gia Latona.
Great Grandfather to Antonio Joaquin De Vito, Noah Athan Magbitang, Jade Alicea Peel. Joshua Daniel De Vito, Veronica Ann Sinibaldi, Joseph Michael Colon, and Ariel Melody Anevski.
Father in law to Craig De Vito and Avanelle Rivera.
Uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
Born in Gurabo Puerto Rico and then moving to Rio Piedras. Grew up in a place that was still wild pastures. Juan grew up riding horses and was training to be a jockey until he had a fall. He never gave up his love for horses. His next passion was sports especially baseball and his favorite team was the New York Yankees.
When he migrated to NY, he was 21 and found work as a steel iron worker who perfected the craft of metal etching.
His most “talked” artistry was the doors he etched for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. On the far corner of the doors, he etched his initials.
He saw and met Carmen Cruz and wrote her love letters, that is really their meeting. Eventually, he asked her grandparents permission to wed and they created a life in the Bronx.
A celebration of life will took place online via Virtual Memorial Gatherings on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM EDT.
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