Published DateSALEM – Francis (Frank) E. Rivet, 81, of Salem, NH, passed away at home on May 2, 2013. He was born in North Andover, Mass., on February 12, 1932, to the late Joseph L. and Josephine M. (Welch) Rivet. Frank was raised and educated in North Andover, Mass. He graduated from Johnson High School in 1949. After graduating, Frank worked as a reporter for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. He then served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1953 and was a Korean War Veteran. Frank was employed with New England Telephone and AT&T for 37 years before retiring in 1990. Frank took much pride in his hometown of North Andover and spent most of his life there until moving to Salem, NH in 2001. Frank loved baseball and was an All-Star athlete for Johnson High School. He played semi-pro baseball, eventually earning a tryout with the Boston Red Sox. Frank volunteered and coached North Andover Booster Club baseball for many years. He was an avid sports fan. He loved the Boston Red Sox, Bruins and New England Patriots. Frank was a hard worker throughout his life. Some of his greatest enjoyment came from working on the family home he built on Foster Street. His wife and family were most important to him, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Frank belonged to St. Michael's Parish.
Frank is survived by his five children and their families, Patrice K. Ryan, of Sanbornton, NH, and children, Mollie, Haley and Thomas; Christopher F. and Deborah L. (Walmsley) Rivet, of North Andover, and children, Kelsey, Daniel and Brian; Andrew F. Rivet, of Meridian, Miss.; Matthew F. and Pamela C. (Ubillos) Rivet, of North Andover, and children, Lexi, Christine and Katie; Kathleen R. and John E. Ratka, of Salem, NH, and children Ryan and Jacob. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Alma Long, Corinne Long, Louise Long and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Frank was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Mary A. (Long) Rivet, his siblings, Joseph L. Rivet, Mary A. (Rivet) Soltys, and his son-in-law, Daniel J. Ryan.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Monday, May 6th at 10AM in St. Michael Church, North Andover. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover. Calling Hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 7 in the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. For those who wish, Frank may be remembered through donations to C.O.P.D. Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, FL. 33133 OR The Lupus Foundation of New England, 40 Speen Street, Suite 205, Framingham, MA. 01701. For funeral home directions or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com