William J. Rivers of Wilmington passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on July 1, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Bill was preceded in death by Glenna M. Rivers, his loving wife of 59 years. He is survived by three children and their spouses, Glennamarie Virgilio (John), Charles Rivers (Lana) and William Jr. (Elizabeth), as well as eight grandchildren: William III, Casey (spouse Kathlyn), Mary, Glennamarie, Bridgette, Lana, Carla, and Colleen Rivers.

Bill was a graduate of P.S. du Pont High School, Beacom Business School and Marietta College. He worked for many years as a salesman for Mayflower. Bill was a devout Catholic, and a staunch pro-life advocate. Bill was an outstanding athlete and musician, who played in a band for over 30 years. He loved to travel, golf, play bridge, and especially spend time with friends and family.

Friends may greet the family from 10:00 - 11:00 am on Wednesday July 5 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 am at Saint Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Private interment will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Bill’s memory to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, MD 20910.