Robert A. Rivers

ORANGE — A graveside service was held on Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2017, at South Cemetery in Orange for Robert A. Rivers, 93, of West Myrtle Street, who died at home on May 8.

Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiated and Jack Arnot sang “In The Garden.” The eulogy was given by his son, Robert B. Rivers. Following services, a reception was held at the Rivers home on West Myrtle Street.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ORANGE — Robert Alfred Rivers, of Orange, formerly of Winthrop, died on May 8, 2017, at the age of 93. He was born on Sept. 4, 1923, in Phillipston, Mass., to Marie and Frank Rivers who preceded him in death. He was the third of five children, three having preceded him in death, Frank Rivers, Doris Rivers Simpson and Jean Rivers Richie Joynes. He is survived by his older sister, Rena Rivers Anderson Tippett.

He married Priscilla Bradford on Oct. 6, 1944. She preceded him in death in 2010 after 66 years of marriage. They had three children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, all of whom have survived the deceased. The children are Lucy Rivers Whitmarsh (James Kane), Robert B. Rivers (Cyndi Collins) and Rosalind Rivers (Richard Krause). The grandchildren are David Whitmarsh (Leigh Whittington), William Krause (Andrea Krause) and Allison Krause Steinbaum (Josh Steinbaum). The great-grandchildren are Kailey Whitmarsh Egner (Mat Egner), Robert Krause and Heather Krause. The great-great-grandchildren are Austin Egner and Hailey Egner.

Robert Rivers graduated from Orange High School in 1941. He was employed as a radio operator for Pan American Airlines and saw the world. He was based in New York City, Miami, Fla., and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1950, he resigned from the airline and enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1953. He worked as a design engineer for General Electronics Laboratories for a year after graduation prior to founding his own company, Aircom, Inc., specializing in the manufacture of microwave components. He personally designed over 1,300 microwave components. He was an active member with the Electrical Engineering Professional Association, IEEE, and received many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the microwave engineering field.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside service for friends and family will be at the South Cemetery, 585 South Main St., Orange, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 20.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friends of the Orange Public Library, 49 East Main St., Orange, MA, 01364

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

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ORANGE — Robert A. Rivers, 93, of West Myrtle Street, died peacefully at home on Monday evening, May 8, 2017.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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