William Garay-Rivera

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WATERBURY – It is with heavy hearts that the Garay-Rivera family announces the unexpected passing of their soul mate, father and brother, William Garay-Rivera, 49, of Waterbury.

William was born March 26, 1975 in Ponce Puerto Rico, a son of Rosa Rivera and the late William Garay-Monsanto. During his youth, William trained for the Triathalon for the Olympics. While growing up in Puerto Rico his family, the Garays, were well known in Ponce for their horse-drawn carriage rides around the city. Throughout his life, he enjoyed nature and being in the outdoors.

After meeting and falling in love with Elizabeth, their family occasions centered around hiking, spending time in nature and grilling. The births of his two children, Sybelle and Derian, were his best days.

He was a patient and loving father. Growing up the kids have great memories of him insisting everyone spend time outside hiking and exploring. Always patient, William applied his skill and love of gardening to growing bonsai trees. The bonsai tree symbolizes harmony, balance, peace and good luck — all the beauty he now enjoys in Heaven. He will be truly missed by all who were blessed to love and know him.

William is loved and mourned by his forever love and partner Elizabeth Velez of Waterbury, and their children Sybelle and Derian Garay. He is also survived by his mother Rosa Rivera and brother Orlando Alberty, and sister Rosimar Alberty, as well as many nieces and nephews. William was predeceased by his brother Christopher Alberty.

A funeral Mass for William was to be on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Anne, 515 S. Main St., Waterbury. Burial was to immediately follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury. Friends and family are were invited to gather with William’s family on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home, 122 Waterbury Road, Prospect.

Prospect Memorial/The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting and caring for William’s family throughout this difficult journey of grief.

You are invited to share your favorite photos, memories and words of comfort on this website (prospectmemorialfh.com) on William’s Tribute Wall.