in memoriam

In Memory of Richard Xavier Nava

July 15, 1930 - January 9, 2022


Richard Xavier Nava, 91, of Fort Lee, NJ on Sunday January 9, 2022.

Beloved husband of 67 years to Miriam (nee Sokolsky). Loving father of Ramona Vazquez and her husband Manny, Mari Garcia and her husband Frank and Richard Nava. Cherished grandfather of Lorien and Shawn, Jocelyn and Liz, Killian and Zachary, Dashall, Caitlin and Thomas, Nicolas, and great-grandfather of Seraphina, Arius, Farrah and Alex. Dear brother of Marie Birmingham and Norma Vergona.

Born in New York City, NY on July 15, 1930 to Javier and Mary Nava. He lived in the Bronx before moving to Fort Lee, NJ 25 years ago.

US Army Reservist for 33 & ½ years, having earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Richard began working with his father at 5th Avenue Coach, then NY/NJ Port Authority, a fleet manager at The Record Newspaper and a service advisor at Benzel Busch.

He was very active as a Boy Scout of America. He loved hunting, hiking and photography. An avid reader, he loved history and anything military. He enjoyed spending summers in New Hampshire with his wife and kids. He had a fondness for cars, the Opera and classical music. He and his wife enjoyed traveling to Europe and even went to see the glaciers in Canada. He also enjoyed his plants and his cats.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 12 Terrace Ave. Rochelle Park, NJ. Burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations to the NJ Veterans Home at Paramus, 1 Veterans Way, Paramus, NJ 07652 would be appreciated in his memory.

Funeral Mass:
Saturday, January 15, 2022
10:00 AM

Sacred Heart Church
12 Terrace Avenue
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service
439 Maywood Avenue
Maywood, NJ 07607
(201) 487-3050