Saulo Rivera Araya, 79, returned to the loving arms of the Lord on October 30, 2021, in his home. He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to the late Emel Rivera Castro and the late Luz Araya Jimenez. He was married to Josefa Duarte Falcon (Chepita) who was the love of his life. While in Costa Rica he worked at the post office and also served as a rural security guard. In 1984, Saulo immigrated to Connecticut and spent several years working in residential and commercial cleaning.
Saulo was a creative artist who generously gifted his charming beadwork creations and potted plants to family and friends as tokens of his appreciation and love. Saulo is famously known as competitive domino player. He would play with his Uncle Trino for 12 hours at a time and only stop to enjoy his favorite meal, sopa de albóndigas. If you were bold enough to challenge him to a game of dominos, Saulo would exclaim “!Le voy a dar una chiva!” - letting his opponent know defeat was inevitable. Saulo never turned down an opportunity to teach and pass down the cultural tradition of dominos to all ages of the extended family. Saulo is lovingly remembered as a mischievous free spirit who loved to laugh, pull pranks, and ride his bike throughout the greater Bridgeport area. A self-taught harmonica player, he would treat family members to his songs, jokes, and stories which caused family members to erupt with laughter at every occasion.
Saulo leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife Josefa Duarte Falcon, his siblings Pedro, Jose Manuel, Lucas Wilfrido (Maria Etelvina), Sonia (Thomas), Zaida (Anthony), Maria Elena and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, friends and his cat Chica who will miss him greatly.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 5-8 PM at Funeraria Luz de Paz, 426 East Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
Proper mask usage will be strictly enforced will inside the funeral home.