Robert Riva, a 31-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, died peacefully at his home on Dec. 11, 2004 after a four-year battle against cancer. He was 55.
A memorial service will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. A celebration of life ceremony will follow at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
Bob was born Sept. 15, 1949 in Oakland, Calif., to “Red” and Barbara Riva. Soon after graduating from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, Calif., he went to work for Pacific Bell from which he recently retired after 33 years.
Bob was the ultimate sportsman, an avid skier, fisherman and hunter. He played and coached basketball, softball, baseball and soccer.
He loved family, friends and fun. He brought laughter to all with his jokes and wonderful stories. Bob’s resilient spirit gave him the strength to courageously battle the cancer. He continued to work and enjoy life even through his difficult times.
He is survived by his caring wife of 32 years, Judy, their son and daughter-in-law Dooley and Jeanette Riva, his granddaughter, Maiella; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Ava Riva; sister and brother-in-law Maryjo and Ralph Feola; nephews and niece Billy Riva, Casey Riva, Christy Riva and Steven Riva and his faithful hunting and fishing partner, Darlin.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of the Lake, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 200, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.