Obituary: Dennis L. Rivard, Former Electrical Maintenance Foreman

February 20, 2014

Dennis L. Rivard, 71, of Greenfield, formerly of Haydenville, a retired maintenance foreman at Physical Plant, died Feb. 13 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Born in Westfield, he grew up in Northampton and was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School. He spent four years in the Air Force.

He joined the Physical Plant staff in 1965 and served as an institutional electrical maintenance foreman until his retirement in 2002. He returned to work on a post-retirement appointment and worked intermittently until last year.

He leaves his wife, Nancy (Grandy) Rivard, one daughter, Deneen Popp of Bristow, Va., and three sons, Duane Rivard of South Deerfield, Jordan Rivard of Springfield, and David Strachan of Greenfield, a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, many grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the College Church in Northampton.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the office of Christ Church, 50 Miles St., Greenfield 01301.