G. David Rivers, 71, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning.
Dave was born in Newton, Mass., and grew up in Belmont, Mass. He was from humble beginnings and grew up in rough neighborhoods. He became a Christian when he was in high school and literally fought his way out of being a leader of his local gang to follow Christ. Dave worked his way through Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He graduated with a major in theology and several minors.
He served in the professional ministry for 12-1/2 years as assistant pastor, youth director, pastoral counselor, and director of Christian education.
He later built a successful career in financial services. The last year of his working life was spent substitute teaching at local middle and high schools in Mililani, Hawaii. He loved sharing stories of the young kids or people he had helped wherever he worked. Many were touched by him.
He loved his iPod, and listened by the hour to Il Divo, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond and many other favorites. He enjoyed Southern Comfort, duct tape, the beach, playing guitar, and puppetsâ€”and dreamed of taking them to brighten children in the hospital. But music, of really any kind, was his overall passion.
While David had several favorite churches over his lifetimeâ€”David spent his last months playing congas in his church’s band. It brought him much joy.
He will be partying in heaven, loving the music, and carefully preparing a place for all his family to join him.
He was welcomed into Heaven by his mother, Ottolene Belban.
He is survived by one uncle, Charlie Rivers; his wife, Kristin Rivers; five children and their spouses, David and Dee Rivers, Mark and Pam Rivers, Sarah and Sean Garratt, Rachel and Jay Boulay, and Devorah Rivers; his 12 grandchildren, David, Joshua, Tamara, Sharaya, Dyana, Misha, Laura, Caitlin, Jessica, Jesse, Ethan and Hannah; and also by his great-grandchildren, Brittany and Emma. They were all a treasure to him, and he was very proud of each of them. Being an only child growing up, family was always very important to Dave. He will be deeply missed.
A funeral service will be held at Trinity Church West Oahu, Mililani, Hawaii, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the service. David will be laid to rest at Miliani Memorial Park and Mortuary, 94-560 Kamehameha Highway, Waipahu, Hawaii. Graveside service for family and close friends will be Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m.