Luis Antonio Rivera Torres 'Tony', 24, passed away at his home in New Britain on September 4, 2010. He was born in Meriden on December 4, 1985 to Luis Rivera of Middletown and Betzaida 'Betsy' Torres of New Britain. Besides his parents, Tony is survived by his step-mother, Jacqueline Santiago-Rivera of Middletown; step-father, Kevin Mercado of East Lyme; maternal grandmother, Ramonita Torres of Meriden; paternal grandparents; Efrain and Grace Rivera of Meriden; siblings, Cheenisa, Richard, and Alexander Rivera all of Middletown and Kassandra Mercado of East Lyme. He was also loved by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Ruben Torres. Tony grew up in East Lyme where he graduated from East Lyme High School class of '04. A natural athlete, he was on the football team in high school and was also the State Champion for Weight lifting for two years in a row. Most recently he was a student at Tunxis Community College. Besides sports, Tony enjoyed music and cards, especially poker. When he wasn't hanging out with family or friends, his time was spent with his beloved dog, Lourock. A Funeral will take place on Thursday, September 9th at 7 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT- FLATOW Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Friends may visit with the family earlier in the evening from 4 to 7:00. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tony's memory may be sent to National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Conn. Chapter, c/o Gaylord Hospital 400 Farms Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492 sciact.org

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  1. I happy you know your were loved my your loving father Luis Rivera, my cousin and all his family. You will be missed dearly. I know God will take care of you and you are in a great place. You will be missed but never forgotten!

  2. My deepest condolences to the family (especially Betzy) and friends of this young man. May you rest in peace Tony.

  3. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. There are no words that can bring comfort at such a painful time.God obviously has other plans for him. Rest in peace Tony.

  4. Lisa Mascolo Santiago Children who die are not really gone, But go to a place that is something like home,Where they sleep the deep sleep, as quiet as stone,Until we can join them when our lives are done. Children who die are not really dead,But just like good children tucked into bed,Wait the long wait while we go ahead Till our tales are …all told and our tears are all shed. Children who die feel no pleasure or pain In the place where they wait till they see us again,And all of us dance in a world washed with rain Where the sun shines so brightly no sorrows remain…. BETZY YOUR LOSS IS UNIMAGANABLE,PLEASE USE YOUR HAPPY MEMORIES OF TONY TO HELP YOU THROUGH YOUR GRIEF, N KNOW IN YOUR HEART YOU WILL MEET AGAIN IN A BETTER PLACE WE LOVE YOU N ARE HERE FOR YOU……..

  5. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you Betsy. We cannot begin to imagine your pain on the loss of your son Tony. The memories that you have will be with you forever. God will give you the strength during this time of grief. Tony will be in our hearts forever. Love Micki & Peter

  6. To our beloved Tony, Your spirits will always be with us. The memories that we have shared will live on. You are a wonderful man with a big heart. You will always and forever be missed. We LOVE you Tony!!!!! Love your cousin Senny, Jalyssa Natali, Jayden and Lou.

  7. There has been an error Luis lived and passed away in East Hartford, CT– Not New Britain…. May God Bless him! Condolences to the family!

  8. Tony was…. well the brother i never had, although thoughout my 17 years of life I never knew him until this recent summer the times with my long lost brother will never be forgotten. He will always remain in my heart and in my thoughts, the little time i spent with him before his death truely meant alot to me and i will forever cherish every minute i spent with him, I love you tony R.I.P

  9. To My Brown Eyes, Tony, You are and always will be missed and loved forever. Thinking of you and knowing that you are in a better place helps the pain. Luv Always, Auntie Z

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