Arthur X. “Art” Rivera, 73, of Findlay, passed away at 4 pm Friday, April 7, 2017 at University of Toledo Medical Center.
He was born November 23, 1943 in Findlay to Elias and Socorro (Munoz) Rivera. He married Carol L. (Haynes) Rivera, they divorced and she survives in Fostoria, also surviving is a former companion Janet M. (Zender) Smith; He married Laurie A. Bolmer on June 1, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives in Findlay.
Also surviving is his mother, Socorro Rivera, Findlay; son, Darren C. Rivera, Fostoria; daughter, Windy M. (Norm) Elchert, Fostoria and like a daughter, Nonnie J. Kinn, Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Jaxton Rivera, Nicholas and Reed Elchert, Jaron, Alysea, Micah, Eric, Samie and Drake; step-daughter, Stephanie L. Thoman; step-son, Michael J. Gorman; step-grandchildren, Lucas, Kayla, Nicholas, Trevor and Trinity; and a brother, Jose Armando (Ma. Eugena) Rivera, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his father, Elias Rivera; son, Woody Rivera; and brother, Albert J. Rivera.
Art worked at Bendix Autolite Corp., Fostoria for 10 years, Ron’s Siding for 10 years and retired as a custodian in 2012 from Findlay City Schools after 10 years of service.
His greatest passion was for playing pool. He played in scores of various tournaments and team championships throughout his lengthy career. He put the highest value on the many friendships he made over those years.
He participated in the Rack’n Cue, American Pool Association, and Ohio BCA; the Northwest Ohio Pool Players Association honored Arthur with an annual event: The Art Rivera 9-Ball Classic, which takes place in February and began in 2015.
Art always considered his wins in Las Vegas and Reno, NV to be his greatest accomplishments. When Art played for the Valley National 8-Ball League Association, he and his team-mates won first place in the Men’s Master Division at the International 8-Ball League Championship in Reno, NV in 1988.
Most of all, he thoroughly enjoyed a little one on one competition wherever he could find a willing participant. He was well-respected and considered a mentor to some and a pool shark to others. He promoted the game wherever he went. You could always be sure that his Southwest cue was in his trunk.
In his later years, joy was found being with his grandchildren and spending Sunday afternoon at Frickers, watching sports with his friends and going to the drawings at the Moose. His favorite travel destination was to Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, where he was raised from age 3 to 12 and where his older brother and family reside.
Visitation is Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 3-7 pm at HOENING FUNERAL HOME 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.
A continued celebration of Arthur’s life will take place Saturday April 22nd from 4-9 pm at the Fostoria Eagles Club.
Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Cancer Patient Services, Findlay.
Online expressions of sympathy maybe made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com