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April 20, 2015
June 07, 2015
Condolences to the family.He was one heck of an athlete! And obviously a patriot. Mike Mongeon, Buda, Texas

June 06, 2015 To the Rivers family, our deepest sympathy. ~  Allen and Anne Kieslich, Ft. Myers, Florida

June 06, 2015 May God open his arms and welcome him to heaven. My prayers go out to the family. ~  Ed McGrath, Delhi, New York

  June 06, 2015 Paul & Cathy..our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe was a great guy..Barry & Mary Stevens ~  Mary Stevens, Deerfield, New Hampshire

March 06, 2015 Joe & I worked together as EMT's for Warrick County Ambulance Service in 1977. He had an unlimited sense of humor & we were much alike. I have missed him & will do so for years to come. God bless you, Joe Henry. Heaven has to be a better place now. Good bye my friend. ~  Daniel Kleiman, Plainfield, Indiana

March 06, 2015
Joe was a great and funny guy. We spent one summer exploring Lake Champlain. I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to his family and Toni.
Joe Cross

March 05, 2015
Prayers sent to Toni and Rivers Family. I was in a lot of Joe's classes. Joe was a real Hoot. I enjoyed hanging out with the crew. Joe was areal good guy and I am very sorry of his passing. G-D Bless... RIP ~  Art Cohen, Essex Junction, Vermont

March 03, 2015
I tried to emails Joe's listing , But not sure if it went through? Joe and I were good friends in Junior High and remained Casual friends in High School. We all followed Joe's High School sports Career, Especially Cross country and Track What a great representative for our High School. Our 50 reunion next year won't be the same with out Joe Thoughts are with you and your Family. ~  Brian Hanbridge, south burlington, Vermont

March 03, 2015
Real sorry to hear about Joe. Last saw him at my Mom's funeral. The old Lakeview Terrace and North Ave Gang is one stronger up there in heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Jim Kieslich

March 02, 2015

I am heart broken by the passing of one of my high school buddies, "Rios." We played Little League baseball together as eleven and twelve year olds and remained the best of friends throughout high school. Who can forget his state records in the mile and two mile, the two state championships in X country and the second place finish in the New England Cross Country meet in the fall of 1965. Certainly an extraordinary athlete, but even more so, Joe was an extraordinary friend. The Friday night dances at BHS, basketball practices with "EJ," lunch in the cafeteria, hanging in the school's front lobby and Saturday night parties are just a few of my fond memories. With "Rabbit," Perky, Leslie and Mona we made the most of our high school years. We were lucky to have each other. Joe, thank you for the memories. I love you!! ~  Lloyd Hulburd, South Burlington, Vermont

March 01, 2015
To Toni and the entire Rivers family, We were so saddened to learn of Joe's passing. We always enjoyed our time with the two of you! He will be missed! Our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow. ~  Stan & Jan Blondin, Essex Junction, Vermont

February 27, 2015
AJ and Gracie, I worked with your father at the American Red Cross for 9 years. Loved him as a brother when we were together there. In fact he was a groomsman in our wedding 29 years ago at a church in Evansville. We had so much fun in our job together and we made a difference in the lives of others. I am sad to learn of his passing and sadder that we did not stay in touch. I had tried a number of times to find him on FB to reconnect. Please say hello to your mom for us. We still have the painting she gifted to us for our marriage on a wall in our home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and as others mentioned your Dad brought laughter and fun wherever he was. My mind now races with memory after memory of the fun we had! Barry and Paula Porter ~  Barry Porter, Raleigh, North Carolina

February 27, 2015
We lost another Marine a few days ago. Joe and I were in boot camp at Paris Island together. He was the star of our platoon during training. God will make good use of his talents in heaven. God Bless to Joe and his family. ~  Paul Mayer, South Burlington, Vermont

February 27, 2015 Toni and the Rivers Family - I am so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. My thoughts are with you. ~  Sarah Carpenter, Burlington, Vermont

February 26, 2015 My sincere condolences to the entire family. I never met Joe. But back in the time when I ran cross country at Johnson State the coach said he had read about a talented runner from Burlington. So we jumped in a van and went to a meet in Burlington. We watched Joe run in his best event that day and I was truly amazed by his speed and perfect running skills. Although that was at least 49 years ago I never forgot that day. God Speed. ~  Don Bechard, Avon Lake, Ohio

February 26, 2015 Dad,you were an outstanding man and father to me. You have loved me unconditionally and taught me the value of knowing what this life truly means. It was respect and love, being bold and brave. Many wonderful memories will continue to echo in my heart each day of us growing up over the years with you. Dad, its your humor that I loved the most along with movie quotes "Eddie" etc...;-) you are missed beyond words, loved beyond measure and one day we will meet again. Rest in peace pappa rilskies. Always and forever,
Your daughter,
Gracie xoxo

February 26, 2015 I worked with Joe at the American Red Cross in the late '70's. His sense of humor was always appreciated and you could sure count on him anytime you were in a pinch and needed help!!! I'm so sorry to see his obit but sure brought back memories. Prayers for all Joe's loved ones. ~  Ann Georgesen Hall, Evansville, Indiana

February 26, 2015 Bravo Zulu, Joe. You are a great man and friend to all; and it was my distinct honor and pleasure to know you. My condolences to your family. ~  Jim Gorman, Evansville, Indiana

February 26, 2015 Marine Corps Detachment 1090 of Evansville, IN wishes to express its condolences to the family of Joseph Henry Rivers. May he rest in peace.

Joseph E. Filipczak, USMCR
Chaplain ~  Joseph E. Filipczak, Evansville, Indiana

February 26, 2015 Honorable Marine You served your Country in Valor and I thank you and will offer prayer for your loved ones to our merciful, loving Father God. May You rest peacefully in His Gracious Care.
From a grateful Marine Mom. Evansville, Indiana

February 25, 2015 The love of my life I will miss you beyond words. I was blessed to have been loved by you and so easy for me to return all my love. I have so many wonderful memories of our years together.I love you my "Henry" ~  Toni Trono, Venice, Florida  
February 25, 2015 gary morgan joe rivers backcourt BHS hoop 1966 none better as an 8th grader I was in awe of joe rivers truly an all american ~  johnny o RMH 71

February 25, 2015 Joe was a life long friend & a pleasure to coach. Definitely a super athletic talent. Coach & Nancy membourne Bch F.

February 25, 2015 My deepest condolences to Joe's family. I have many fond memories of our time together at BHS and always will remember his strong determination and wonderful spirit. Semper Fi, Joe.

Eleanor Hobbs Jenks
Williston, VT

February 25, 2015 Bob and the entire River's Family
Our prayers ans thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss. A great guy and athelete. ~  Paul and Cathy Provost, Hyde Park, Vermont

February 25, 2015 How sad for all of us who knew and competed with Joe on the track, basketball court and cross country course. Joe was my mentor and he taught me well. I am appreciative for all that and most appreciative that he was my good friend. My condolences to the entire Rivers family. ~  Stephan LaTulippe, Jericho, Vermont  
February 25, 2015
How sad for all of us who knew Joe. He was my mentor as a runner and taught me how to compete on a track and cross country course. More importantly he was my friend. My heartfelt condolences to all of the Rivers clan.

Steve LaTulippe BHS '68

February 25, 2015

I remember Joe Rivers fondly. A great BHS athlete, State record holder and a wonderful person.

Tony Adams

February 25, 2015 Met Joe at Champlain College. HE was a great guy and basketball player. R.I.P Brother, Semper Fi ~  rich owen, north port, Florida

February 25, 2015

Joe Henry - I'm so sorry you were not able to enjoy a longer life.
Our friendship will always be so special to me, and I'm so happy to have met, and known you, and to have spent the time together that we did; I'll never forget the picture of us on your new motorcycle, and was so pleased to have made it possible for you to get your ride - I know you appreciated it, and that you enjoyed the wind therapy.
Always in my heart - I will never forget what a special, intuitive, and caring person you were.
Enjoy your next adventure Joe!
your "Halfmoon"

~  a m, Vermont

1966 Seahorses

February 25, 2015

I was very sorry to see the news of Joe's passing.My condolences go out to his family and friends.
I remember Joes high school years as one of the premier athlelets in the state.My brother Mike was the other starting forward on the basketball team . They had a great run as a team,however they fell short at the Patrick Gym to the eventual winners. 
As a thirteen year old that season I traveled to every game with my Dad and it was very exciting to follow.
Joe was amazing and his superior athleticism was demonstrated in every game.I remember he never seemed to even break a sweat logging big minutes every night, Most nights he was the reason they prevailed .He had some huge scoring games one in perticular where he scored thirty four points. Long before the now fashionable three point field goals he did it the old fashioned way with skill and quickness.
My brother passed away many years ago so I am in hopes he can connect with Joe and one more time they can lace up those high black Chuck Taylors and give it a go.

God Speed # 32 

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