Efrain Rivera, who helped organize and volunteer at numerous WordCamps in Florida has passed away at the age of 47. The news was shared on Facebook by his sister on January 28th.
David Bisset, organizer of WordCamp Miami and a well-known figure in the Florida WordPress community, shared his thoughts on Rivera’s passing.
Efrain wasn’t just a fellow organizer, but also a supporter of the local WordPress meetups. There was no ulterior motive in anything that he did. Never once did he ask for anything – he was just happy to be there and help out. He was 100% about giving back to the WordPress community, but even if the community didn’t exist he would find a way to help out folks.
Efrain wasn’t just a supporter and volunteer. He was a good friend to have – someone you could speak frankly too.
Rivera is being remembered as a kind, compassionate, and happy person by members of the community.
I’m so sorry, he was a pleasure volunteering with, @EfrainWp was always happy to help and answer questions.
— Rian M. Kinney, Esq. (@TheKinneyFirm) February 1, 2018
I remember his kindness David. What a great person and sad loss.
— Diane Kinney (@dkinney) February 1, 2018
Efrain was one of happiest, smiliest, caring people I’d ever hung out with at any WordPress event. https://t.co/qW7ChUmjX0
— J ³ (@JJJ) January 30, 2018
Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 4:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. EST at Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation, 1450 S State Road 7, North Lauderdale, Florida 33068. The service will take place during visitation at 7PM. If you have any memories of meeting or hanging out with Efrain at any of the WordPress events in Florida, please share them in the comments.