William F. Rivingston aka Jeff Killion lived happily with his wife Arun (Evans) Rivingston in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just a block from the beach. Having retired there from NYC in 1985, his favorite things to do were to sing opera in his powerful baritone voice and sit on the porch rocking chair, smoking his pipe. He loved hosting taco parties for family and friends, and holding large poker games around the massive diningroom table (in which he would always help the children cheat). He was beloved by his children and their friends, and then his grandchildren, because he always was good humoured and kind.
In September 2014, Jeff celebrated his 95th Birthday with family and friends, but he was declining fast. He went into Hospice care at home, and passed quietly on November 9, 2014. He was listening to his son Thorp Rivingston play soft sax, with his family gathered around. He looked up and smiled a little, and then he left us. He leaves behind Arun, his wife since 1956, and his children Kate, Thorp, Eleanor, James, and 8 grandchildren brokenhearted. He the best of us: strong, loving and so stubborn that he outlived all his contemporaries in order to remain with his wife.
Friends and family are now calling, and they want to know what they can do to honor Jeff's memory.I think that we can raise the funds to buy and dedicate a bench on the Atlantic City Boardwalk near South Tallahassee Ave. by the beach where we spent so much of our youth. i am going to try to raise $ 1,800 which covers the cost of the metal and wood bench, and a memoral plaque. Friends and family could then visit, and take a walk up to the boards, and sit and watch the ocean. Who knows, maybe someone would pull out a pipe and smoke it, remembering better times with Jeff aka William Rivingston.