David N. Rivenburg of Mattapoisett, MA, formerly of Acton, MA, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020. Dave was born on May 19, 1941 in Talcottville, CT to the late William Alfred “Al” Rivenburg and the late Edna May Rivenburg (Monaghan). He is survived by his wife of 56 years Virginia F. “Ginny” Rivenburg (Deloury); son Paul Rivenburg, his wife Faith and their daughters Megan and Julia; son Carl Rivenburg, his wife Cheryl and their sons Christopher, Timothy and Daniel; brother Charlie and his wife Kathy. He is also survived by many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Arlington High School in 1959. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology and East Coast Aero Tech. He served in the Airforce Reserves as an Airman First Class, aircraft mechanic before a long career as an HVAC&R technician at Polaroid. After 31 years, he retired from Polaroid and he and Ginny continued to operate their small business, Custom Window Products, until his passing.
Not only was Dave a great family man, loving husband and father, but he was also socially active in the community. He was a long-time member of The Bay Club of Mattapoisett where he spent countless hours helping to build men’s golf. Dave was often the first to sign up for many events and was a huge supporter and promoter of all men’s and mixed golf. He also represented The Bay Club as the Cape Senior League Captain for several years. Dave had 3 holes-in-one to his credit. In addition, Dave served his residential community as a board member of the Mattapoisett Shores Association. Dave also spent time in the ‘Men’ in Mentors program at Nativity Preparatory School of New Bedford with other men from The Bay Club.
Throughout his lifetime, Dave enjoyed many activities with his family including time spent at “the pond”, dirt bike riding, sailing, power boating, skiing, square dancing, tennis and golf. He was also an avid reader, woodworker, and film process photographer with his own darkroom. He could fix just about anything (planes, motorcycles, cars).
His family and friends will always remember him as a patient, humble and kind man who valued hard work and enjoyed all aspects of life.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday July 25, 2020 from 1-3 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in memory of David N. Rivenburg to: Nativity Prep of New Bedford, 66 Spring Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 https://nativitynb.org/donate or Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719 http://www.communitynurse.com/donate/. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.