Dolores Davila 1927-2017
Dolores Davila, affectionately known to her family as "Mita," passed away on March 13, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico on June 1, 1927 to the late Alberto Davila and Ana Crespo. She was raised in Rincon P.R. by her beloved adopted parents, Roque Moreno and Maria Valentin. In 1952, she and her two children, Carmen and John, joined her husband Juan Ramon Rivera in New York City, where she spent the rest of her life. Once in New York City, Dolores did factory work in a number of different industries, including the very important New York City garment industry. It was from there that she was recruited by the President of the union local to become a business agent for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Local 169, one of the most important labor unions in the United States. In that capacity, Dolores zealously represented a large number of garment factory workers and participated in successful and much publicized nationwide union actions such as the Farah boycott and the J.P Stevens corporate campaign. In 1993, after several decades of service, she retired from the ACTWU Local 169.
Once in New York, Dolores, who had received little formal education in Puerto Rico, actively sought to fill the gaps in her education. She pursued and obtained both elementary school and high school diplomas. She participated in higher education programs sponsored by the ACTWU and the State University of New York, and earned a certificate from the renowned Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations, of which she was immensely proud.
Dolores also loved to party, was very social and enormously generous to everyone. She loved the slot machines and whenever she won at the casinos in Vegas or Atlantic City she shared her winnings with family and friends. No one who showed up at her apartment door expected or not, ever went away hungry. She was an excellent cook, and her "pasteles" and "coquito" (Puerto Rican specialties) were legendary. A devout Catholic, she will be remembered for her Three Kings Day parties, held in memory of her late father Roque Moreno, which always included "buena comida" and live music.
Dolores is survived by her daughter Carmen Bobis and son-in-law Charles S. Bobis of Irvington, N.Y., her granddaughter, Tanya Rivera Smith of Maryland, her grandson Herminio Delgado Jr. and his wife Dr. Alicia Zbehlik of Lebanon N.H., her grandson Dr. Fernando Bobis and his wife Dahlia Morched of N.Y.C. and her grandson John Raymond Rivera of Los Angeles CA, as well as her great granddaughters, Kirra Smith of Maryland, Artemisia Delgado of Lebanon N.H., and Nawal Bobis of N.Y.C. She was predeceased by her son, John R. Rivera, in 2013.