Former Berks commissioner, Wernersville councilman dies

Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated Tuesday

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Plans are in place to honor a man who once held one of Berks County's highest political offices.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday for Tim Reiver, who died at his home in Wernersville last week. He was 61.

Reiver served one term as a county commissioner, joining Commissioner Mark Scott on the board in 2000 with fellow newcomer and now-state Sen. Judy Schwank.

Four years later, Reiver, a Republican, lost a hard-fought bid for election to a second term, turning control of the board over to the Democrats for the first time in 12 years.

Reiver was gracious in defeat, saying he was leaving office with his head held high.

"I think that sitting in this chair, the decisions that I made, some that I had to wrestle with, were always, in my heart, in the best interest for the citizens of Berks County," he said.

Reiver's term as a commissioner was highlighted by a push for economic development in Reading and the opening of Cabela's superstore near Hamburg.

"At the end of the four years, despite the fact that I wasn't successful in being re-elected," he told 69 News, "I think the legacy is: Tim Reiver, a job well done.

Reiver began his political career on Wernersville Borough Council. He also worked as an assistant director of the county's domestic relations office.

After his role as commissioner, Reiver went on to serve as business manager at St. Peter's and St. Margaret's Roman Catholic churches.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Spring Township. He'll be laid to rest at Gethsemane Mausoleum in Laureldale.

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