Stephen Rivers, 52, passed away peacefully September 25, 2019 surrounded by his wife, children, sister and lifelong friends after a long, difficult battle with cancer. Born August 30, 1967 in Springfield, MA, he was a son to Marialyse (Roy) and the late Willard Rivers. Stephen was born and raised in Springfield where he attended St. Joseph’s Elementary school, graduated in 1985 from Cathedral High School and later attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He was an athlete from a very young age, with baseball, soccer and basketball being his games of choice. As an adult Stephen fell in love with the game of golf and was a game he enjoyed playing with his father and friends. Stephen was employed with Olympic Manufacturing for 10 years, and later worked in sales until becoming interested in real estate. Stephen’s light of his life were his children Stephanie and Zachary, and his greatest joy was watching them grow. Stephen’s laugh was contagious, he was a great beacon of light in this world and was loved and will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his mother Marialyse, he is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Leslie (Hall); children Stephanie and Zachary; sisters Caroline Rivers and Jacqueline Rivers; and numerous other loving family and friends. Calling hours for Stephen will be held from 4-7PM on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam. Funeral services for Stephen will be held on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 8:45AM from the funeral home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 10AM, in St. John the Evangelist Church, Agawam. A private burial will be held at the convenience of Stephen’s family. For online condolences please visit www.forastiere.com.
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