George Rivas RIP
It is with great sadness that we record the death in September of our great friend and fellow Rotarian, George Rivas, at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
George was a vital and exceptional member of our Rotary Club, always willing to support and often lead its social and fund raising activities. These included his appearances as Father Christmas on our mobile and static float excursions to his mobilisation of local school pupils and others to donate thousands of gifts to a shoebox scheme to the less fortunate people of Eastern Europe. In his early eighties he helped to transport these by lorry across Europe. His other recent initiative to involve young people was a Christmas Story writing Competition for junior schools with winning entries read by a professional actor at a special awards presentation.
These initiatives are typical of George’s long life of service and fellowship to enhance the wellbeing of others. In this he exemplified the ideals of Rotary in the development of friendship as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in private and public life and the advancement of goodwill and peace at home and overseas.
For many years he was a restorative justice volunteer assisting the rehabilitation of young people in prison. He was also a formative and practical originator of the Great Missenden Lighthouse holiday scheme which engages and occupies hundreds of local children one week each Summer in interesting and constructive fun pursuits in a marquee village on the Buryfield.
George was a committed Christian and active member of the Kings Church together with many other social and special interest groups which engaged his interest and involvement including the Wick Trimmers Barn Dance musical group for whom he acted as caller
Through all these private and public relationships George will be remembered with the greatest affection and regard for his particular generosity of spirit and kindness.
But as the Cheshire Cat is remembered for its smile so we will remember George for the merry twinkle in his eyes and his sense of mischievous humour at the peculiar wonderment of life.
We offer his wonderful wife Gill and his family our sincerest sympathy at their particular loss.