Richard Niver

Richard Niver

February 23, 1937 February 9, 2021

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Obituary for Richard Leighton Niver

Richard Leighton Niver, age 83, of Chandler, AZ, passed away from COVID 19 on February 9th, 2021.

Richard (Dick) was the youngest of 11 children born to Ralph and Ida Mae (Hinchman) Niver in Bradford, PA.

Dick graduated from Bradford High School then moved to Philadephia.

There he was employed as an elevator operator at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Hospital until his retirement in 1988.
After retirement, Dick moved to Reading to be closer to his sister, Audrey Cosenza, and was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. His co-residents at the B’nai B’rith House in Reading may remember him as a talkative soul with a keen memory for people and dates. He was an avid opera fan spending much of his days listening to an expansive collection of opera recordings. Dick relocated to Arizona in 2004.

Dick is survived by sisters Wilda Boltz of Florida, Ardis Lewis of Smethport, and Jean Jordan of Texas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Maria (Cosenza) McCrackin of Phoenix, AZ, Pasquale Cosenza of Winchester, VA, and Carla Colburn of Bensalem.
Dick is preceded in death by brothers Russell, Allan, Keith and Ward and sisters Wynona Caputo, Ruth Whitford, and Audrey Cosenza.

A service will be held at Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 at 8 AM. Burial will be at McKean Memorial Park in Bradford, PA.

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  • Service

    March 2, 2021 | 8:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    March 2, 2021
  • Interment

    Mckean Memorial; Park
    7569 Route 59
    `Lewis Rd, PA
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Judy Greene

I will truly miss my Uncle Dick's spirit. He so loved the Opera. While he was visiting us in Dallas he went to the Opera and made friends with some ladies from Highland Park who invited him to sit down front with them. They didn't want to let him go when I picked him up - they loved that he explained the story. Said "you call us when he's back in town.... we'll save a seat for him."
Comment | Posted at 12:35am via Condolence

Maria McCrackin

Judy, He certainly will be missed. He was such a unique personality. Opera and his gift for gab seemed to mean he always had a great time with the older ladies.
Posted at 08:57am

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