VINCENT J. “VIN” RIVELA JR.

May 16, 2024

VINCENT J. “VIN” RIVELA JR.

VINCENT J. “VIN” RIVELA – of Woburn, died peacefully, May 16th, at his home with his family by his side at the age of eighty-six. Beloved husband of Cecilia “Sheila” (Logan) (Morgan) Rivela and the late Marylin Corradino.  Loving father of Jim Rivela, his wife Jenn, and Steven Rivela, his significant other Erin Stewart. Stepfather of Christine Casale, her husband Jim, Cathleen Curran, her husband Stephen, Joe Morgan, his wife Kathleen.  Treasured grandfather of Katelyn, Steven and his wife Cassie, Ryan, James, Joseph, Ceila, Emily and her husband Cameron, Matthew, Thomas, and Stephanie. Dear brother of Arnold Rivela, his significant other Nancy Jolivet, and cherished uncle of Mathew, and Jennifer Rivela. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Tuesday, MAY 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Monday, MAY 20th, from 4-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Vin’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Vincent J. Rivela Jr, a longtime resident and educator in Woburn, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, with his beloved family right by his side. He was eighty six years of age.

Born in Medford, he was the son of the late Vincent and Viola (Bucci) Rivela. “Vin,” as he was called, grew up in Medford, attended school there, and was an outstanding baseball pitcher during his high school years. He pitched on the 1955 Greater Boston League Championship team! This team was chosen to be in the Medford High School’s Hall of Fame.

Vin graduated from Northeastern University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Advertising. While at Northeastern, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Rho Fraternity, President of the Marketing Club, and the first business student selected to co-op for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. After graduation, he was employed by the Quaker Oats company in retail sales.

He began teaching at Woburn High School in 1966, to start a new business course called Distributive Education, sponsored by the Mass. Department of Education. The program involved teaching marketing and advertising material and placing students in part-time jobs with local merchants.

Vin was also an advisor to the Key Club and the program called Distributive Education Clubs of America, which competed in various marketing activities with other high schools throughout the state. His students won many awards at the Regional, State, and National competitions.

During his high school teaching career, Vin also enjoyed coaching. He assumed many coaching roles, including freshman basketball coach, JV baseball coach, and varsity pitching coach for the 1968 State Champion baseball team. This team was inducted into the Woburn High School’s Hall of Fame. Over the years, he also coached for Woburn Little League, Woburn Babe Ruth, and the Reading Legion.

Vin received the yearbook award from the Woburn High School students when he retired from teaching in June of 2000.

Vin was predeceased, by his first wife Marylin (Corradino) Rivela. Vin is lovingly survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Sheila, and his son’s, Jim Rivela along with his wife, Jenn, and Steven Rivela along with his significant other, Erin Stewart. He is also survived by his step-children Christine Casale along with her husband, Jim, Cathleen Curran along with her husband, Stephen, and Joe Morgan and his wife Kathleen. Vin also leaves behind his brother Arnold Rivela along with his significant other, Nancy Jolivet, and Arnold’s two children Matthew and Jennifer Rivela. Vin is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Katelyn, Steven, and his wife Cassie, Ryan, James, Joseph, Ceila, Emily, her husband Cameron, Matthew, Thomas, and Stephanie.

Vin and Sheila shared many wonderful trips together including Scotland, Ireland, Italy, the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, San Francisco, and Florida. He was a former member of the Woburn Common Trust’s Board of Directors and the Kiwanis Club. Also, Vin thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Screen Actors Guild, allowing him to further his passion of acting and modeling in many films and several advertising brochures in Boston.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Tuesday, MAY 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Monday, MAY 20th, 4 – 7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Vin’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Tuesday, MAY 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn. Burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Monday, MAY 20th, from 4-7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Vin’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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  1. Dawn Gaudet-Logan

    Dear Sheila & Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Vin was a vivacious, life loving, kind man with a great sense of humor. I will always remember the happy times spent at many Logan family functions. Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. God bless & keep you.
    Love,
    Dawn

  2. Joseph Granese

    Dear Mr. Rivela, You were without a doubt the best, nicest, most interesting teacher I’ve ever had. I got 45 of 90 credits from your classes. You will be missed. Ty for all you’ve taught and done for me. Your student and friend. Joseph Granese

  3. Todd & Carla Livolsi

    To the Rivela family:

    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I have so many good memories of Mr. Rivela. They go all the way back to the days of when he coached T-Ball.

    Also, in the latter years he’d become great friends with my parents along with his wife Sheila.

    Please accept my deepest condolences of the passing of Mr. Rivela. He was truly one of the good ones. Rest in Peace…..

    Respectfully,

    Todd F. Livolsi and the Livolsi Family.

  4. Michael J Maher

    Sorry to hear of Vinny’s passing. He was a former member of Woburn Kiwanis and a very good one at that. Always available to help with any projects and always willing to pay a fine. Never had him as a teacher but only heard great things about him over the years. Rest in peace.

  5. The Rivela family and their families; I’m very sorry to hear about Mr. Rivela’s passing. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for a very long time, through baseball and being a lifelong Woburnite. He was always in a good mood and happy to see everyone and had a great personality. The world has lost a great man and mentor. Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these sad times. Sincerely, Bob Connolly Jr.

  6. Jimmy and family,
    So very sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Rest in peace, Mr Rivela.

  7. Kristen Lombardo

    I had Mr. Rivela senior year in ’98. 2 classes a day. He was absolutely 1 my favorite teachers. Top 3 for sure. I’ll never forget him. I still think of him often, even just the other day I randomly thought of him. He had an awesome sense of humor and just an all around great personality. I can still hear his voice loudly telling me to get in class. He used to yell (playfully) “GET IN HERE!” Every single morning bc I’d wait til the very last second to get in class. Glad I had the privilege to know him.

  8. Robert J. Ferullo, Ed.D

    Sheila and family: My sincere condolences and sympathies on the passing of Vin. He was a wonderful husband, father, friend and citizen of Woburn. An excellent Educator and Coach. A proud alumnus of Northeastern University. Vin will be missed by many. Requiem en pace.

  9. Sheila I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family. 🙏🙏💝💝

  10. Mr. Rivela , Or Vinnie as I called Him , was a great neighbor and Friend. When I moved in across the street some 30 years ago and found out He had Medford roots, that was all I had to hear. Me and My Wife were both born and raised in Medford. I thoroughly enjoyed the Manny stories He would tell me about old school, Medford. God Bless You Mr. Rivela.🙏

    Mark Schmitz and Family

  11. Margarette Masotta

    One of the favorite supporters of my family. Everyone who knew or was involved with him reaped great rewards of his friendship. With sorrow but sincere prayer may he rest in peace. His friendship made my life richer. Margarette Masotta

  12. ALISON HARTUNG

    Vinny was my Dad’s ( Arthur Hartung) best friend. They taught at Woburn high and Vinny was always in our lives. When my Dad went to assisted living, they lost touch but Vinny attended my dad’s services when he passed away. He said he just couldn’t see him in a facility. He kept his memories from their great friendship. He was a funny, dear, sweet man and that hair, smile, and mustache…we used to call him Omar Shariff (look him up youngsters!) This news saddens me immensely but the thought of him makes my smile!

  13. Dianne and Bob Autenzio

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family
    Vinnie was a wonderful man he will be missed by so many

  14. Myron and Peggy Masotta

    I’m very sorry to hear of Mr Rivelas passing. He was a great friend to my family, and a great teacher for the City of Woburn. I will always remember Mr Rivela coming into my family’s store (Masotta’s Variety) and always having the time to joke with all of us. R.I.P. Mr Rivela, you will be missed.

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