OBITUARY: John F. RIVA

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John F. RIVA
(1929-2020)

John Riva died July 29, 2020 at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec at the age of 91. Born June 17, 1929 in Voltago, Belluno, Italy, he was predeceased by his parents Costante Olivo Riva and Genoveffa Case. He emigrated in 1947 and from 1966 lived in Quebec.

John was a geologist and professor of paleontology at Laval University until his retirement in 1994 and then held a post-retirement appointment as an invited researcher at the INRS Centre Eau Terre Environnement until 2018. He was internationally known as a specialist on graptolites and remained active in research until his final illness.

John is survived by his daughter Pat Riva (Daniel Gatien) of Montreal, his son David Riva (Anna Marie Hořánková Riva) and their daughter Valentina of Prague in the Czech Republic, and numerous cousins in Italy.

John was buried at the Mount Hermon Cemetery on August 7, 2020, following a brief service.