Saturday, May 23, 2009

Meet Adam...

So, I had this plan to write this nice long post about Adam and what a wonderful person he was...that story will still be coming, but this is a pretty good cliffs notes version...

Adam Thad Riviera

October 01, 1987 - May 17, 2009
Adam Thad Riviera, of Troy, died peacefully, May 17, 2009, at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy. He was 21 years old. Adam was born October 1, 1987, in Detroit.

Described by those who knew him best, Adam was a courageous, loving, empathetic, and altogether good natured person who could absolutely light up a room with his beautiful smile. He had a keen sense of humor and will always be remembered for his ability to make others laugh. An aspiring film director, Adam also enjoyed video games, action novels, reading, surfing the web, long walks, and spending time with his family, his girlfriend of three years, Noelle, and his beloved cat, Carly.

Adam had a special bond with his mother and it was on their many road trips to Ann Arbor for treatment that they shared their most special moments together. Adam also loved spending time with his brother Mike and his sister Tara and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new niece. He greatly loved his father as well and always looked forward to big family celebrations when everyone got together in the same room for a good time.

One of the most meaningful moments of Adam’s life was just last Easter when he was baptized and received into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Adam was an extremely loving and selfless person whose courage, strength, and faithfulness while battling cancer will never be forgotten.

Adam is survived by his parents, Michael and Helen Riviera, sister, Tara (Mark) Moore and brother, Michael Riviera. He is also survived by his grandparents, Paul and Lina Riviera and Margaret Witczak and his aunts and uncles, Gus and Monica Reis and Frank and Theresa Riviera. Adam is preceded in death by his grandfather, Thaddeus Witczak.

You are loved, Adam. You will be missed...until we meet again, rest in peace, friend.


"People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad."
-Marcel Proust