Walter L. Rivers

Walter Rivers - East Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

East Rochester, NY:  September 28, 1944-June 19, 2020.

Walter is predeceased by parents, Frank Rivers and Berthener Dixon Rivers; siblings, Jessie, James, Annie, Denise and Sue. Survived by the love of his life, Paula Ludwig; brothers, John, Bobby, Mike, Donald and sister, Mary. Also survived by Patty Pullano, Pam Urzetta, Tony Mandile; Children, Walter, Jr. (Lynnanne), Jacqueline, Adrian, Stephen, Rosemary Ludwig, Daniel Ludwig. Grandchildren, Tyeena, Donovan, Kaiden, and Katie, Austin and Ashley Ludwig.

Walter is also survived by many friends, nieces, nephews, and the wonderful neighbors of West Ivy Street. Although Walter jokingly quipped “Get out of my driveway”, he invited everyone to sit and chat a while in one of his favorite rocking chairs.  The family would like to acknowledge the tender care at RGH from the staff on 5500, the Chaplains, and Lifetime Care Hospice.  Walter was a former Chase employee, an avid golfer and softball player, and a 2015 inductee into the Rochester Softball Hall of Fame.

Donations in Walter’s memory may be made to  the Association for the Blind and Visually impaired (ABVI) or to the charity of your choice. You’re invited to pay your respects to the family on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM at 240 West Ivy Street, East Rochester, NY. Private interment.

28 Condolences

  1. Janet Jones on June 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Walter, you will be missed. I have known you and Paula since we bowled together over 30 years ago. RIP my friend


    • Greg Burgmaster on July 18, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Walter was a great co-worker and friend at Chase Bank. He always had a smile on his face. He loved to party. Love you Walter. ❤️❤️

  2. Sharon Marlin & Steve Clark on June 25, 2020 at 11:54 am

    RIP Walter. I am so glad we met years ago at B&L and that we became close friends when you played ball with Steve. I am honored that you were a close good friend over the last 35 years. Until we meet again, keep looking down on your family and friends that will keep you in our hearts. Love, Sharon & Steve.

  3. Annie Moller on June 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Walter was one of the first friends of Rick that I met. He made me laugh and always did from that point on. Always looked forward to meeting up with him. He will be missed dearly.

    • Margo Richardson on June 25, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      I have been blessed that Walters life passed though mine. Water always stuck up for me , if I was down he made sure to cheer me up. HE WAS KIND AND THOUGHTFULL ALWAYS.I will miss him very much. I send my condolences to Paula, Walters family , and to my grandchildren Katie, Austin and Ashley. May Walter rest in peace as his work is done on this Earth I will Remember him as the kindness man ever.

      • Mary Muriel on June 27, 2020 at 7:28 pm

        With my deepest sympathy to Paula, family and friends. Walt was a very kind hearted person and made everyone laugh. He will truly be missed. May he rest in peace. God bless

  4. Joyce Fountain on June 25, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Walt, May you rest in peace and fly high with the Angels you’re an awesome man and a great friend and fun to be around all the time going to miss watching fireworks with you every year! ❤️💜💚😇🎆

    • Ruth Columbus on June 25, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      Walter, although it has been our pass as Chase colleagues you will be missed. Great times we had with you and Paula.

  5. Dr. Monica Weis SSJ on June 25, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Joyce and all of Walter’s family and friends: So sorry to see this notice on Facebook. Know that you are surrounded by prayer and much love. My brief meetings with Walter were a joy. Monica Weis SSJ

    • Ruth Columbus on June 25, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      Walter, although it has been our past Chase colleagues you will be missed. Great times we had with you and Paula.

  6. Lisa Silvernail on June 25, 2020 at 7:20 pm


  7. Susan Vershay, last name then herman on June 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    I remember times working with walter,he was a very caring man,we laughed,we grumbled about things at times.We always found a way to be laughing about somthing,me Scott cordaro and walt that I always called walkie
    , we had fun memories together at work, you will be missed walt god bless

  8. Chris Accorso on June 26, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Paula and the rest of Walt’s family. I met Walt in 1990 as a Chase coworker and instantly he became and mentor and friend of mine. I have a lifetime of great memories with Walt from the pranks in the mailroom, happy hour hijinks or the many fun times we had on the golf course. RIP Walt (Mr. Cosby)
    –Chris Accorso

  9. Rick Giuffrida on June 26, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    RIP Walt

  10. Amy Cordaro on June 26, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Walt, AKA Bill Cosby. You were the funniest and most genuine guy I ever met. You were like a father figure to Scott Cordaro, and our son Michael always referred to you as Uncle Walt. I have nothing but great memories of you. The Chase parties and your random visits. Prayers to Paula and the rest of your family. Fly high my friend 😇

  11. Scott Cordaro on June 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    My friend there will never be a day I won’t think about the times we had together. If it wasn’t at work, playing softball or just having a laugh on the golf course you were truely one of a kind. You taught me alot about life and I will never forget your friendship especially to my family. Rest in Peace as your pain is gone now and remember all of the souls you touch along the way. Love ya Brother!!!

  12. Ted Colucci on June 28, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I best remember Walt as always having a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. We worked together at Chase, but I did, and will always remember him as much more than a co-worker. He was an extraordinary man. Hit ’em straight, big guy!

    • Janet Schofield Waterman on June 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I remember Walt we’ll from our past Chase days. He was always a funny lovable guy who you enjoyed whenever he delivered the mail!! He brightened up your day. Paula my heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. I know he will be missed. Sending prayers Rest In Peace Walt 🙏🙏😢🥰

  13. Brian Remington on June 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    RIP Walt. remember working with you at Chase. We all could depend on a good laugh from you each day! Had good memories inside the warehouse and at different functions.
    What I remember to, was you got along with everyone. You’re on my top 10 list of cool people in my lifetime.
    Prayers go out to Paula and the rest of your family.

  14. Ralph Perrotta on June 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, even though it has been many, too many years, Walt, the memories are vivid and make me smile. Too many years have passed since we shared a laugh. Paula, His strength to you and all of your and Walt’s family. A good, caring and welcoming man will be missed. We need men like Walt, we cannot afford to lose them. May the wind be at your back, my old friend and may He hold you in the palm of his hand.

  15. Jim Gardner on June 28, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Walt, Weather it was working with you at Chase or watching you play baseball and having a beer together or even bowling together with Paula. I can call you a friend. May peace be with you. Till we see each other again.

  16. Susan Shoemaker on June 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Paula, family and friends. Walt and I work together at Chase. He was a good man and a good friend, we always had a joke to trade with each other. I’m sure he will keep the angles busy with his good deeds and happy smile.
    Till we meet on the other side.

  17. Cathy Garofolo on June 29, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I remember Walter from chase bank. He was such a nice man he had a great sense , and a smile on his face. He always made me laugh.

  18. Tammy Leavy on June 29, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Walt’s passing. He was truly an amazing human being and was loved by many at Chase Bank. He always had a smile on his face and a warm hello for everyone. He touched so many hearts and he will be remembered forever. Rest in Peace Walt.

  19. Chris Fink on July 1, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Paula, Family & Friends – Walt’s smile was always the best part of the day at Chase. He used to badger me about getting a 401K, and when I finally signed up, he used to help me figure out where to put my $$. I will never forget the great times we all had playing softball. I know Walt will be deeply missed by all.

  20. Linda Kolbeck on July 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Paula, this is Linda Archer, I worked in Proof n Encoding, then DDA, Check Desk n finally Personal Credit Services then finally retired ‘01. I’m soooo sorry to hear about Walt’s passing. He was great, funny guy, he would make me smile every time i’d run into him. When someone u love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. I live in Arizona now. Stay well!!

  21. Steven Seuffert on August 16, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Hello Paula this is Steve Seuffert I just heard yesterday that Walt passed I wanted you to know that I am truly sorry for your loss Walt was a great man I don’t know if you remember my daughter Alyssa but Walt bought her a teddy bear when he was selling them for charity my daughter was probably 5 years old I just wanted you to know did she still has that teddy bear he remembers Walt for one of the many kind Acts that he was well known for I haven’t seen you guys in years but I constantly asked about you guys we just wanted you to know that we hold him deep in our hearts I hope you are well in my thoughts and prayers love always your friend Steve

  22. Janine M Hogan on October 17, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Paula, we just heard about Walter’s passing and we are so sorry. We not only have memories of us at Chase Bank but as well as our time outside of Chase with you and Walter! A Sweetheart!!! I know he will be always in your heart and so missed!

    Miss you hope you are well and healthy.

    Janine and Jimmy Hogan❤

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