Rich Claverie
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 17, 1945
  • Date of passing: Jul 20, 2014
Let the memory of Rich be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rich Claverie, 68, born on September 17, 1945 and passed away on July 20, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mari Musante on 17th September 2015

"Sept. 17, 2015
Dear Rich,
   We MISS you so much!  But we are sure you are at Peace and
are keeping your eye on all of your dear friends down here who are
anxious to see you again.  Are there Pedro games in Heaven?
   You are forever in our hearts!  Until we meet again,

Much LOVE,

Mari, Bob, Brian, Andrea, Gianna, Brian, Declan & Ainsley"

This tribute was added by Danielle Colombo on 20th July 2015

"I love you so much, Uncle Richie. I miss you so much. Nikki got married this weekend, and I can't tell you how much I wish you were there. You are always with me in my heart - Love your niece Dannie"

This tribute was added by carol cairns on 20th July 2015

"Rich was my brother's roommate while attending San Jose State.  I will always remember Rich because he was always so kind to me during my awkward teenage years.  Rest in Peace dear Rich.  Carol Plaza-Cairns."

This tribute was added by Andrea Gibb on 20th July 2015

"I am thinking of Rich today. Also thinking of his growing family. You will be missed but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Donna Traverso on 20th July 2015

"Dearest Rich, now an angel in heaven, thinking of you today.  Rest in peace!  Your classmate, Donna Bucedi Traverso"

This tribute was added by Leslie McCutcheon Blomquist on 9th March 2015

"Merrilee I was so sad to find this obituary today.  Cousin Richard was a favorite of mine and I am so sorry no one told me of his passing.  I was looking for your address because my dad passed away and I thought you would like to know.  My condolences at this late date.  I hope I can find an address for you, the phone number I have is disconnected.
Love, Leslie McCutcheon Blomquist"

This tribute was added by Donna Traverso on 17th September 2014

"Happy Birthday to you Rich, you will be sadly missed at our reunion this Saturday but I know from the heavens you will be looking on with our other beloved classmates."

This tribute was added by Gerry Geraghty on 17th September 2014

"Rich was a friend and a mentor. I first met him in 1970 at Quimby Oak Junior High School. He was my PE teacher, baksetball coach, and track coach. He was one of my mentors that resulted in my being a school teacher and a coach for track and cross country. My teams have won state championships in California and Wyoming. I have a clear picture of meeting him for the first time.

I thank God that he Mr. Claverie/ Rich was a part of my life and I carried that baton with dignity.

Gerry Geraghty
Durango Colorado
National Director and Founder of River Run for Orphans"

This tribute was added by Linda Zeber on 16th August 2014

"Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Rich's passing.  We hadn't seen him in such a long time, but always will remember playing Black Jack with him in Tahoe back in the 80's.  Some fun times!  He leaves a huge hole in my dad's (Raul Jara) heart, but I am enjoying hearing the stories about him. He was probably the only person that could talk my dad into doing things.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Claverie family at this difficult time~"

This tribute was added by dave cortese on 14th August 2014

"I first met Rich Claverie 45 years ago when I was a 14 year old summer league baseball player. We remained family friends all these years. A great man, a great coach, a no-nonsense guy when it came to dealing with kids. He will be greatly missed. I was at the Ley Va Memorial but did not get a chance to talk to Merilee. You are all in our prayers.
Dave Cortese"

This tribute was added by Jeff Williams on 14th August 2014

"Rich was my wife's Uncle. I also referred to him as "Uncle Rich". I will always remember talking sports with him in Kent and Nancy's living room. It was fun because he was so passionate and knowledgeable about so many sports. Today we were looking at the photos of our wedding and many have him in them. He will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Brenda Goldstein on 14th August 2014

"So sorry that I could not be there but wanted to send my prayers to Rich's family.  It has been a number of years since I left LeyVa -my first teaching job but I remember the love of children and teaching that Rich gave to all his students in and out of the classroom.  Brenda (Hart) Goldstein"

This tribute was added by Andrea Gibb on 12th August 2014

"My whole family was saddened and shocked at the sudden passing of Rich, a larger than life individual.  He was passionate, charismatic, and always a fun person to have around.  I'll never forget growing up with my family and his family camping and skiing.  Rich was my "ski instructor" who successfully got me down big hills after the professionals failed.  I'll never forget you, Rich, rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by mark swan on 12th August 2014

"I had the pleasure of getting to know "Coach Rich" in 1986 as a maintenance worker for Evergreen School District.  He was ever so appreciative of the work we did in the locker rooms, gym, and fields. He was identified to me as "the guy who looks like the Marlboro Man." Thank you Lynn.  He will always be that to me..... rest in peace my brother..."

This tribute was added by Julie Cabrera on 12th August 2014

"Rich Claverie is remembered with fondness by our family.  He was my PE teacher at Quimby, than years later,  my 3 sons' track and basketball coach and PE teacher at Leyva.  Rich was passionate with a Bulldog pride
that never let go. He is a legend in the Evergreen School District.  My husband and I appreciate his investment in our sons' lives. We are all greatly saddened by his passing.  We send our
sympathies to his family. May God comfort you at this time.
Cisco and Julie Cabrera and family"

This tribute was added by Gabe Cabrera on 12th August 2014

"I attended LeyVa Middle School from 1994-1996. Coach Claverie was my no-nonsense, yet very caring basketball and track coach. I grew up a lot under his guidance and set me on a path to high school and collegiate track and field. I still remember the smell of the Bulldogs locker room where I made him coffee as an 8th grade TA. He made athletes feel appreciated by enshrining their names on the walls of the gym. Thank you, coach!"

This tribute was added by ginger dog on 11th August 2014

" were always larger than is it possible you are no longer here? Rich and I taught together and ran the LeyVa P.E. Department and After-School-Sports Program for some 30+ years.  He had a unique teaching and coaching style that always had everyone's attention....I believe they call it charismatic.  He made believers out of all his students when it came to "Wearing the Purple with Pride".  This extended also to the staff and administration. Rich used his unusual gift of persuasion also to get staff involved in securing improvements at LeyVa, supporting teacher contract negotiations, getting out the vote for school bonds..whatever it took. He always managed to rally the staff to come out and help supervise the games after school after enthusiastically hustling them to buy the P.E. sports T-shirts.
One always knew when Track season started cause Claverie"s kids would be heading out for the Track with shovels, rakes, brooms..and some smiling with new spiked running shoes.  In 2-3 days the Track would look immaculately groomed and was soon to be the home of endless Track League and County Championships.  The same happened in the gym before Basketball season..lots of vacuuming, cleaning backboards, and installing new nets. The Basketball Championships always followed.  Claverie could rattle off endless stats from the many years of athletes accomplishments and Championships
they won.  Legacy was important to him.  We used to tease he was a "Legend in his Own Mind"!
Rich was quite a character loved and admired by many for different reasons.  Everyone who knew Rich has their special "Claverie
moment " and favorite Claverie story.  I'm sure these will all be lovingly recounted and shared with each other at Rich's Memorial in the Rich Claverie Gym Monday.  I look forward to seeing everyone and hearing them all.  My heart felt condolences to Merilee and the whole family for
your loss.  Thanks for arranging the opportunity to come together  at LeyVa to share in his "Celebration of Life".  He would have absolutely loved it!  Lynne Gates"

This tribute was added by CAROL RABY on 11th August 2014

""The presence of that absence is everywhere." Edna St. Vincent Millay

You are all in my thoughts; my heart aches for your loss."

This tribute was added by Susan McCoy Fong on 11th August 2014

"Hi Todd and Kindra, I am so very sorry about the loss of your Dad. I am Susan, Daughter of Irene McCoy Haydis and Step-Daughter of Alan Haydis. They both worked at LeyVa with your Dad since day 1 of the LeyVa days. I went to Quimby Oak and I, unfortunately never had your Dad as my P.E. teacher or coach. My Mom was the school nurse and Alan was the Band/Music teacher. On my many visits to LeyVa to see my Mom...I had the pleasure of knowing your Dad...he was an awesome person and loved by so many students, parents, and fellow coworkers. I was going through some old boxes of pictures about 2 months ago and happened to come across this picture of your Dad and my Mom at LeyVa, taken sometime around 1976-1978ish. On July 19th there was a picnic Tribute to Mr. Alan Haydis, put on by some of his former LeyVa band students. Your Dad was really wanting to go but he was out of the country...he sent my Mom a message on the 18th expressing his regrets that he could not make it and sent my Mom and Alan his love. They just adored him and they have so many neat stories about the days they all worked together at LeyVa. When they got the news, the day after the picnic, they were in shock and felt devastated, as I am sure everyone was. I was home with them that night. This picture was one I had put on a LeyVa collage board that I had made for Alan's Tribute picnic. My Mom loved this picture. It's not the best quality but it is a great picture of two happy friends. My Mom asked me if I would send this to you. She really wanted you guys to have it. *(I posted the picture in the photo gallery on this page)

Again, I send you both and your family my deepest condolences. I lost my own Dad in 1994...things do get easier with time but deep down inside it does still hurt. I cherish my memories and love seeing pictures of my Dad. I hope in time you find comfort in your memories of your Dad. In 1976 I graduated from Quimby Oak, LeyVa's rival Jr. High school and many of my friends went to LeyVa and had your Dad as a teacher and or coach and over the years they all talked highly of him and with much respect...I am sure the Memorial service will be packed with so many people who's own lives were impacted by your Dad in such a good way. Hugs and prayers to you both and your Mom.

Susan McCoy Fong"

This tribute was added by cindy basso on 10th August 2014

"Looking at the photos on this website brought tears to my eyes. I can’t believe that tomorrow we will be attending the funeral of Richie. Richie was my Mom’s cousin so I have known Richie my entire life. Our families have shared holidays, weddings, and family events together. We didn’t see each other often, especially as we kids grew up and started to form our own families. However, I always remember that whenever I saw Richie he was smiling and was so happy. I never heard him complain. He was the cousin who lived in San Jose and would drive to Stockton for an event. I remember Bruna, Olga, Rena and my grandmother, Irene always talking so positively about Richie.  But more than anything I remember his smile and his giant hugs. Richie took such good care of his family. Merrilee, Kindra and Todd I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will be grieving for a very long time. Richie was an amazing and special man. I feel very lucky to have known him! Cindy"

This tribute was added by carol cairns on 10th August 2014

"I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rich.  Rich was a college roommate of my brother Dennis.  I remember Rich coming over to our house and watching scary movies with my mom and I.  I thought of him as a cool older brother.  He left way too soon. Again, so sorry for you and your family.  Carol (Plaza) Cairns"

This tribute was added by Mari Musante on 10th August 2014

"Bob & I have known Rich & Merrilee for many years and over the years we shared wonderful times! Camping with our children and taking them
skiing with Rich "coaching" us all.  Besides eating & playing Pedro our
more recent shared pleasure was travel.  We loved Italy and France,
& this year we ventured to Russia...what a bittersweet trip this was.
     And so a good man has left us, but he leaves us better for having
known him.  Our hearts ache for Merrilee & the entire Claverie Family.
     But beyond what we can see - the journey continues...Love You,
Rich and we will meet again.

Mari and Bob Musante"

This tribute was added by William Bellou on 9th August 2014

"Our deepest sympathy to Merrilee, Kindra, Todd and the entire family.
We had the pleasure of being a neighbor in the Meadowlands for many years and most recently the Villages. We will always treasure our interaction with Rich in promoting  the success of Leyva School sports programs in the Evergreen Times. We will  always treasure our friendship with  Rich during the past 30+ years!  Sandy & Bill"

This tribute was added by joanne laird on 8th August 2014

"Rich, Ray Mochernan, Lynne Gates and I Opened the PE dept at LeyVa in 1975. So many fond memories of track meets, getting a new gym and locker room, Teen Club activities and life experiences between that first year when we were all so young until I left for administration in 1987. God needed an angel to run track meets "up there".  Rest in peace Rich. Wish I could be at the celebration of life on Monday, but living on Maui does present travel challenges."

This tribute was added by Leon Avrech on 6th August 2014

"I met Rich in 1972 at Quimby Oak. He was the first person I met there after 10 years in the Oak Grove School District. All the years at Quimby Oak and LeyVa, I can honestly say I enjoyed talking to Rich everyday. Sometimes we talked about school, team sports, and of course the Giants. He was always a wonderful person to talk to. You can still hear his voice in the gym at sporting events and at graduation practice. At grad practice, "Hands out of your pockets, stand up straight, stop chewing gum, how difficult is it for you to stand up and sit down". I am so sorry that he is gone. I will always remember Rich and the wonderful conversations we had from 1972 to us both being grandparents."

This tribute was added by Adelaide De Medeiros on 5th August 2014

"My first year of teaching, at Quimby Middle School 1970, Rich taught next door.  We both taught an interesting combination called CORE.  Soon after that, Rich became a full time coach.  Little did we know that we would share an entire career at the same two schools in the Evergreen District.  But it was at LeyVa that the team sent over as its first staff in 1975 became a family.  In that family, Rich was undoubtedly bigger than life.  The role he played to build character in so many of our students through the discipline of sports was invaluable to their success in academics.  When Rich walked into my Social Studies classroom, I knew he was coming as an advocate for a student  that needed that extension of Rich's mentoring.  The result was always beneficial to the student in countless ways, not just academically & in athletics.

The reality of our Rich's passing is most difficult in the LeyVa Family."

This tribute was added by Evelyn Ortiz on 4th August 2014

"My heartfelt condolences to the Claverie family.  Rich was a positve force at LeyVa and I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with him at the school.  He truly cared about the students he worked with and coached and was a positve role model for them.  Personally, during my time at LeyVa as an Assistant Principal, I found Rich to be supportive and at the ready to assist me whenever needed.  Merrilee~my thoughts are with you and your family during this time.  God Bless you all and may Rich rest in eternal peace.
Evelyn Ortiz"

This tribute was added by Arlene DeMoss on 4th August 2014

"My condolences to everyone.  Rich was a valued colleague. As a fairly new employee of Evergreen School District when I first met Rich, he offered me friendship and support and made me feel welcome.  I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
Arlene Sherman DeMoss"

This tribute was added by Dennis Plaza on 3rd August 2014

"We are deeply saddened today to hear of the loss of a long time friend, fraternity brother, and college roommate.  We have many wonderful memories of the happy times we shared.  Richard always brought excitement, positive energy, and an engaging personality to every occasion.  He was literally a part of the Plaza family, spending summers and vacation times with us.  My parents considered him a son, and I considered him a brother.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Merrilee and their beautiful family.  We know how very proud Rich was of all of you, and how much he will be missed by all of us.  A very sad day indeed.  Our love, Dennis and Larraine"

This tribute was added by Steve Valenzuela on 3rd August 2014

"My deepest sympathy to Merrilee, Kindra, Todd and the entire family.
I had the pleasure of being your neighbor in Evergreen for many years, and have many fond memories of Rich.  I would enjoy my talks with Rich.  Rich was a very giving person and always willing to help.  I will treasure my memories of those days with Rich."

This tribute was added by sue fettchenhauer on 3rd August 2014

"Rich Claverie was a leader, a builder of character, a force for good at Leyva.  His loyalty, his love for his work and his students at Leyva have left a living tribute to all future students and staff.  I was honored to work in administration at Leyva with a wonderful group of professionals and to have known Rich.  I am shocked by the early loss of a good man."

This tribute was added by Ralph Blasi on 2nd August 2014

""After God, our greatest blessings are family and friends."  The  notes, memories and pictures on this memorial site are a clear acknowledgement that Rich Claverie was greatly blessed. Truely a life well spent and a man much loved."

This tribute was added by Robin Turnovsky Hambey on 2nd August 2014

"Any words that come to mind about Coach seem small in measure next to the man Coach was.. I read everything that people are writing and we are all saying the same thing... He gave so much to us kids.. He changed so many of our lives.. Not to many of us are lucky enough to run across a person like Coach our lives, but those of us who did and were the lucky enough will never forget his dedication to us.. His students, his players, his kids.. I'm so thankful that I was one of his kids. Love you Coach you were the best of the best. I will never ever forget you."

This tribute was added by Ray Mocherman on 2nd August 2014

"Oh Rich, I can't find the words to express the loss I feel!  I remember all the fun times we had at Leyva playing with the kids in the after school program.  We always had a great time coaching together.  We just bonded from day one and always knew what each other was going to do or say without a word.  I will always cherish the time we spent together whether we were playing golf, playing Pedro, or traveling together.  I miss and love you so much!

This tribute was added by Robert Colombo on 30th July 2014

"Love you miss you brother"

This tribute was added by Donna Traverso on 29th July 2014

"I am deeply saddened at the loss of Rich.  My memories of Rich go way back to grade school starting in the third grade at Salesian School in North Beach.  Rich was a great guy, almost always smiling.  He was liked by all his classmates.  Our class has fond memories that we were able to share 5 years ago at our 50th grade school reunion.  We have a 55th reunion coming up in September and I was so looking forward to visiting with Rich again.  Well Rich, I guess that visit will have to wait til we meet again.  My thoughts and prayers are with your loving wife and children and extended family during this very difficult time.  Rest in peace my very dear classmate.  Donna Bucedi Traverso"

This tribute was added by Sue Escobar on 29th July 2014

"I will always remember Rich Claverie while working at LeyVa Middle School.  He was a legend among all of his students as well as his fellow colleagues and staff who cherished him.  God bless you, Rich, and rest in peace.  My heart goes out to his family."

This tribute was added by Danielle Colombo on 29th July 2014

"I will miss my Uncle Richie always, but he will live forever in my heart and mind. His impact on my life is immeasurable. He was the most wonderful uncle. He was all about his family and the ones he loved. You always knew Uncle Richie was in your corner. I can't think of many family memories that don't include him. He had the biggest heart, a great sense of humor, an incredibly sharp mind... he was both an athlete and a scholar. I will miss everything - his laugh, smile, big hugs, jokes. I love you so much, Uncle Richie."

This tribute was added by Richard Cava on 28th July 2014

"Rich will definitely be missed by all of us that worked with him at LeyVa.
Rich was one of the most loving and caring teachers at LeyVa.

Gen & Rich Cava"

This tribute was added by Gerry Geraghty on 28th July 2014

"In 1970, Rich was my PE teacher at Quimby Oaks Junior High in San Jose. At that time he was only 12 years older. We quickly became friends and he was also my track and basketball coach. When I graduated from Silver Creek, he came to my house for a small graduation party.Over the years, we kept in touch and I would thank him for his influence on my life. Like Rich, I became a school teacher and track/cross country coach. Thanks Mr. Claverie"

This tribute was added by Irene Haydis on 28th July 2014

"Our HEARTS are HEAVY, with the passing of our friend RICH. A LOVING FRIENDSHIP for forty years. We met Rich at LeyVa Jr. High. Rich the coach, Alan the music teacher, Irene the Health Aide. That's when it began. We shared so much,  the STAFF, STUDENTS and FAMILIES. PE, BASKETBALL, BAND and NURSES OFFICE. As I Saw Rich, a HANDSOME, DEVOTED COACH,  HARD WORKING, CARING, and FUN LOVING. I could go on and on but it would take a lot of reading. Rich gave both of us his support when we endured hard times, never losing faith in our times of need. Not sure if we ever THANKED him. Thanks Rich. On a lighter note, he would come into the NURSES OFFICE and ask if there was anything I could do to FIX his BENT FINGER!  Over the years it was a silly request but fun. Alan worked with Rich sharing students between SPORTS and BAND, always preventing any conflict as to participation. BASKETBALL game's and BAND were a must, enjoyed by many on a Friday night. RICH was looked up to by the students of LEYVA..He molded many lives.        
MERILEE, a beautiful and understanding wife, so THANKFUL, we can call her friend. A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. My last communication with Rich was by FB, earlier this month, he sent me a reply to a invite for a suprise get together for Alan. He explained he would be in RUSSIA on vacation. He posted special  words to share with Alan. Well this is our TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND RICHARD CLAVERIE. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN WE WILL MISS YOU.   ~ IRENE AND ALAN HAYDIS~"

This tribute was added by Christine Mangnall-Williams on 28th July 2014

"When I think about Uncle Rich, what comes to mind are his smile and his laugh, his awesome Italian cooking, his animated mannerisms, and his intelligence.  He was one of the biggest personalities I've ever known and the best Uncle in the whole world!  He loved to read and ski and was so much fun just to be around. I remember when Holly bit him on the leg for reasons she can't even explain today, he just laughed.  I remember when he taught us about cellulite and we didn't believe him.  I remember the amazing smell of the pipe tobacco.  He enthusiastically endured all the "shows" my sister and I put on at family gatherings.  And he had the coolest ski goggles!  Memories of our families together at Christmas are the ones I treasure most, though - truly some of the most special times of my childhood. I am so grateful to have known such an incredible man.  He will be very missed.  He loved to travel and have adventures and I am certain that his soul will carry on doing just that.  I love you Uncle Rich, and will see you on the other side."

This tribute was added by Irik Edens on 28th July 2014

"Mr. Claverie was the best PE teacher and basketball coach anyone could ever have. He was usually very tough, but he could tell when a student needed more than that and he always offered what was needed. I was a shy, nerdy kid who happened to be good at sports but had low self esteem. Mr. Claverie was there for me to help me develop a more positive self esteem. When I made the basketball team in the 8th grade, he told me how proud he was of me. No one had ever told me that before. My parents were not loving and supportive like most are, so this was a big deal for me. I didn't just make any middle school basketball team. I made the 1991-92 8th grade "Dream Team" 20-0 basketball team. The team was stacked with talent and I made the team with a coach who was proud of me. It meant the world to me and still does. Ladt year, I became a middle school basketball coach and got to coach my team against LeyVa in the Rich Claverie Gymnasium. It was a very proud moment for me. My team was proud for me. I coach my team the way Coach Claverie would coach it; tough but with love. Thank you for what you have done for me Coach. My life wouldn't be as great as it is today if you weren't here for me."

This tribute was added by Leslie Risso on 27th July 2014

"July, 2014

Richie Claverie was a special cousin of mine.  He was one year older than me, one year younger than my sister, Laurie, and two years older than my brother, Butch.  Unfortunately both my siblings passed away in their fifties.  My memories of Rich are many, beginning when we were kids.  We lived in Stockton and Rich was my “Big City” cousin.  His family, including his aunts and uncles would visit Stockton to be with my grandmother and his aunt.

We spent vacations in Santa Cruz.  One year, the family had a bad car accident there.  Rich was the only one not hurt.  He was young and he bounced real good.  Anyway, we all went to Santa Cruz to help take care of his parents and my grandparents who were badly injured.  Well, let me restate that, the kids had a blast that summer, while my parents and other aunts and uncles took care of the injured who were hospitalized for quite a while.  Everyone survived, and we kids went to the boardwalk everyday for a month or so.

When I was about 16, Rich and the family were visiting Stockton and I had boyfriend who was annoying me to death  by crying every time I would try to breakup with him.  So, Rich said I should just ignore him and come visit him and his family in San Francisco for a few days.  So, my parents said “ok” and that was the beginning of my training as a “Big City” girl.  I learned how to sneak out of the house with Uncle Leon (Rich’s dad) sitting in the bay window and watching everything that went on outside.  I learned how to go to a party and drink a beer with no parents home!  I learned how to walk bravely down Market Street to go to the movies with my arm hooked through Rich’s for protection.  I thought then and I still think so now that he was the “coolest” guy I had ever known.  
I’m so deeply  saddened to know of Rich’s  passing.  I know he was a great inspiration to his children, grandchildren and his students.  I am sure it gives Merrilee, Todd, Kindra and the grandkids such pride to have called him husband, dad and grandfather and to all his students to call him “Coach”.

Somewhere in heaven you can hear a basketball swooshing through the hoops…..

Love you Richie,


This tribute was added by Bert Renteria on 27th July 2014

"There will always be a part of our great friend, Rich,  with each and every one of us.  Rich enjoyed life to the fullest.  We will miss the little things that you did, Rich, that brought us joy whenever you were with us.  Bert, Marilyn, and Jimmy"

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