Cristobal Rivera-Flores was born in Bronx, New York to Felix Rivera-Rios and Rosaura Flores-Rodriguez. He passed away at the age of 62 on March 11, 2017 at Melech Hospice House in Tampa, Florida with his family by his side. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosaura “Rosita” Flores, and his brother, Jose Rivera.
He is survived by his daughter and son in law Cristina and Jose Lanzot; son Cristobal Rivera-Gonzalez; father Felix-Rivera, Sr. and brother, Felix Rivera, Jr., sisters Sylvia Rivera, Sonia Rivera, Delia Rivera, Iris Rivera and grandchildren Eva Lanzot and Annalise Lanzot.
Sergeant First Class Rivera-Flores retired from the United States Army after nearly 21 years of service. At the time of his retirement he was eligible to wear the Army Service Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals, six Army Good Conduct Awards, two Army Achievement Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, four overseas service ribbon as well as his designation as an expert with the .38 pistol and M16 rifle.
A private viewing for immediate family only is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:00 am at Veterans Funeral Care. A graveside memorial service is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Florida National Cemetery with the United States Army providing military honors. Florida National Cemetery is located at 6502 SW 102nd Avenue Bushnell, Florida 33513.
The family would like to thank the staff at Florida Cancer Center for the outstanding care that was provided Cristobal during the 2 years he was under their care.
Friends and family are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.