Apolonio Rivera Gonzalez

April 10, 1930 - September 18, 2019

Apolonio Rivera Gonzalez, 89, a resident of Fort Myers, FL since 2011, formerly of Carolina, Puerto Rico, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Fort Myers. He was born April 10, 1930 in Carolina, Puerto Rico to Pedro and Lorenza Rivera, now deceased.

Apolonio was of the Pentecostal faith and was a veteran of the United States Army. The first job he had was as a shoe cleaner and at the same time, he was a food delivery person. He walked to people’s jobs and delivered the food and people paid him one quarter or two quarters. He helped his mother when his father passed away. He was the youngest son for Lorenza Gonzalez. After this he entered the United States Army and worked there in the barber shop. He said that he cut the hair for MacArthur. Another job he had was as a bus driver in NY, and after that, he worked in NY at the postal service where he retired. He was an excellent and lovely father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by three loving children, Carlos Rivera Salaman of Puerto Rico, Lorenza Rivera Walker of NJ, and Josefina Rivera Walker (Abimael Canlaria) of NJ; eight grandchildren, Emivel Rivera, Carlos Rivera, Glorimer Rivera, Enid Rivera, Roberto Rivera, Lorined Rivera, Aimee Rivera, and Mari Carmen Rivera.; as well as seven great grandchildren.

Apolonio was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Maria Walker; as well as nine brothers and sisters.

Graveside Committal Services will be held 1:30 PM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Mullins Memorial, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


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