|Richard Raymond Echavarria|
Richard Raymond Echavarria
December 31, 1969Richard Raymond Echavarria passed away on the morning of April 19, 2012. He was 59 years old.
Born October 7, 1953, in Chicago, Ill., Richard grew up in Chicago, moving to San Francisco in later years where he met his wife, Ronnie Rivard, at the St. John of God Chapel.
When their first son turned one, they moved to Rohnert Park, where his family still resides. They were married for 16 years.
Richard worked for FEMA as a Technological Hazards Program Specialist for more than 30 years, traveling across the U.S. for the Government agency. Fun-loving and known for his dry sense of humor, Richard was a black and white classic movie buff, enjoyed reading historical books as well as entertainment media books, and was very well-versed at trivia; applying as a contestant on the popular trivia game show “Jeopardy” a few times throughout his life. Always an avid White Sox fan, in earlier years he led the San Francisco City Walks and toured Prague on his bike.
Richard is survived by his wife Ronnie Rivard-Echavarria, sons Javier, 15, and Roberto, 12; brother Ed (Rita) Echavarria; sister Donna (Brad) Tish; nephews Rick Echavarria and Jesse Echavarria, Jr.; niece Laura Echavarria; uncle Bill Boyd, as well as other uncles and aunts. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Boyd and father Pedro Echavarria.
Services were held on April 26 at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary in Petaluma.
A fundraiser for the family will be held Saturday, May 12, 12-3 p.m. at iCandy, 554 Martin Ave., Rohnert Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ronnie Echavarria, c/o the Early Learning Institute, 311 Professional Center Dr., Rohnert Park, CA 94928.
All proceeds/donations will be donated to the permanent trust of Javier and Roberto Echavarria at a later date, as it is currently in the process of being set-up.