As of this writing , the body of Herminigildo C. Rivera has been flown to his beloved hometown of Mangaldan . Previously ,on May 11th , 2013 , a wake was held at the Festa Memorial Home in Totowa , New Jersey where friends and relatives paid their last respect before his final trip . He is survived by his wife , the former Norma C. Castillo , daughters Rowena Rivera and husband Dr. Steven Festa and family and Ma.Libertine Rivera and husband Michael Darling ( D.D.S. ) and family and son Wenifredo and his wife Rosario and family . He is also survived by his siblings and their families , both in the USA and the Philippines .
Kuya Hermie , as he was fondly called by family and friends was born in Mangaldan 74 years ago . He emigrated to the USA in 1997 after he retired from the Philippine Navy and made Liverpool, New Jersey his home away from home ( Mangaldan ). He was an active member and advisor of the Mangaldan New York and New Jersey Association ( MANYJER ) and the Mangaldan International Organization ( MIO ) in New Jersey .
His sudden passing will be felt by many of his friends in Mangaldan as well as in Canada and the USA . He maintained a close contact with them through the phone and Facebook . He was the bearer of good ( as well as not so good ) news . He relayed " ampetapetang ya balita " from Mangaldan to his close friends and relatives abroad . He will be greatly missed .
A funeral mass will be held in Mangaldan at a later date to be followed by interment at Pax Aeterna Cemetery ..
KUYA HERMIE , GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE ....