On January 1, 2021, Melvin Douglas Rivera, loving husband of the late Lydia Maria Rivera, passed away at 79. Melvin was born June 6, 1941, in Manhattan, New York. A true New Yorker, known for his loyalty and mentality of keeping it real, “no por na.” Melvin resided in the city of Providence and was known as a trailblazer in the community. He served on many committees, including the Senate District Democrat Committee. Melvin was a resilient man who did not give a “frickin frack” about those who disapproved of his commitment. For over 20 years, Melvin was a mental health caseworker in Rhode Island’s Maximum Security Facility.
Mel, a lover of cold cuts, Cadillacs, cakes that are “fresquesito,” and sharp suits. Mel, the friend who had your back and “whatnot.” Mel, the salsero, who loved going for rides and listening to good music while air tapping to the rhythm without skipping a beat. Abuelito, the vault, who kept your secrets and gave the best advice. The father who provided the tightest hugs and words of wisdom followed by the phrase, “me cago en diez.” As a family, we always wondered what the number 10 did to him. We are convinced the number 10 symbolizes what he considered family, his perfect “gems.” Melvin is dancing salsa, bomba, plena, and hip hop in heaven, more than likely without his cane with his capullito de aleli, Lydia (Mami). Heaven has gained an angel. Now, the gates of heaven echo with jokes and plenty of laughter as he enters.
Melvin is survived by his children Emelie Orta (“Mamucha”), Steven Rivera, Julissa Rivera, Angelica Rivera (his muñeca, Munie), 14 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
As a close knit family, due to COVID restrictions, we will have private services. We are grateful for the phone calls, kind words, and prayers. We know Melvin would greatly appreciate the support and love provided to us during this difficult time.
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