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November 30, 1972 — December 2, 2022

Wellsville, NY


David Samuel RIVARD

November 30, 1972 – December 2, 2022


My grief is the last act of love I have to give to the one man I cherished with all my heart and soul.  This hurts so much to write, babe.  You’ve left me too soon and life will not be the same without the love you showered me with every day of our 13+ years together. 


In loving memory of David Samuel Rivard born November 30th, 1972 in Phoenix, Arizona and who died December 2, 2022 at the age of 50 in Niagara Falls, NY.


David—known as Dusty, Heavy D, Big Dave, Uncle Wee, Daddy Wee, and Dad—was a gentle giant without a hateful bone in his body.  He loved unconditionally and had an innate way of making everyone he met feel welcomed and special.


When David met his wife Alecia, they both knew instantly there was something special between them.  After dating for a short time, they were married on May 1, 2010 in the presence of friends and family in Avondale, AZ.  On that day, they solidified their family and commitment to each other and their children, Heather Rivard and Keegan Whitham.  


David was blessed with a large and loving family who looked to him for advice and understanding—both of which he gave freely with loving intention.  He had many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews, and friends which he treated as family, sharing many milestones with each.  He loved us hard with infinite patience and appreciation, sharing his wisdom and support freely.


David is survived by his wife, Alecia Minchella Rivard;  his daughter, Heather Rivard;  his son, Keegan Whitham;  his mother, Jeanette Lippig Rivard;  and his sister, Jennifer Rivard. David leaves behind countless cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, as well as friends who he treated as family. His treasured memory will live on within each of us, his wisdom reflected in the love and care we show our friends and family—exactly as David wanted for everyone he cared for.


“In years past, I walked with you – In deep forests on shores of white sands and now that my time on earth has ended, I wait until we meet in Heaven, to see your beautiful face and hold your hand once again.”


Arrangements will be announced by OLNEY-FOUST Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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