Erin P. Riley, age 51

of Quincy

Erin P. Riley, age 51

Erin P. Riley, age 51, a former longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, surrounded by her loving family.

Erin was born in Boston and raised in Quincy’s Germantown. She was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1993. She lived in Rockland for the past year, previously in Weymouth and Quincy.

She was employed as an associate for Stop & Shop on Southern Artery in Quincy for twenty-five years, retiring in 2020. She was known as the most popular bagger in the store. Many friends admitted to standing in the extra long line just to spend time with Erin and enjoy a chat.

Erin never let anything stand in the way of living her best life. As a young woman, Erin was a gymnast and made the team representing the United States in the International Special Olympics. She earned many medals at both the state and international levels. Among the many activities she participated in were bowling, golf, cheerleading, and basketball. She especially loved going to dances where she never entered a dance contest that she did not win. Erin loved to sing. Those who knew her will remember her walking along Southern Artery listening to her ‘80s tunes and singing without a care in the world.

Most of all, Erin loved her family. She enjoyed many family vacations to New Hampshire and Florida, but loved being home with her Mom the most. Their Yahtzee and Skat games were endless.

Beloved daughter of the late Helen L. (Maginnis) Riley and Frank G. Riley, Jr.

The youngest of seven siblings, she was the loving sister of Kathleen M. McDonald and her husband Robert, Donna L. Pringle and her husband Dana, all of Quincy, Mary-Beth Smith and her husband Daniel of Weymouth, Frank G. Riley III and his wife Jennifer, Paula A. Doroni and her husband Steven, all of Braintree, and Timothy P. Riley and his wife Amy of Attleboro.

Cherished aunt of sixteen and great aunt of twenty-six.

Erin is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, August 18, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Saturday, August 19, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Erin’s memory may be made to The Arc of the South Shore, 20 Pond Park, Unit 113, Hingham, MA 02043.

After her illness, Erin resided in Rockland in the care of The Arc of the South Shore. The Riley family is eternally grateful for the love and care she received.


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  • I love you Erin!! I will miss you more. Love your cousin lynne and family.

  • So Sorry to hear about your loving sister. Many thoughts go to you at this time. I am sorry I cannot make the services.

  • To my beautiful Niece Erin. You brought so much joy to everyone you were around. Rest In Peace my beautiful girl

  • My heart goes out to the Riley family…Erin was such a blessing, and I’m pretty sure there was never a dull moment when Erin entered the room. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to talk, tell stories, and her laugh was contagious! Rest in peace sweet Erin..
    Hugs to you all,
    Teri Murphy (Provost)

  • My condolences to your family

  • We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Erin 🙏🏻The Fryar family

  • May you rest in peace sweet angel

  • Erin you are the Best!! I will always remember your beautiful smile. You brought so much joy to all that knew you. I will miss you so much sweetie. Tell my Dad I miss and love him.

  • Hey To the Riley Family Erin was a great friend she always made me laugh when i was having a bad day she was always there for me and she was a great dancer when we go to the dances she would give you the shirt off her back

  • Erin, sweet girl.
    May you rest peacefully.
    Our sincerest condolences to her family.

  • So sorry to hear about Erin she was very special and I enjoyed my conversations with her so sorry for the Riley family

  • Erin was a beautiful soul. Our heartfelt condolences to all the Riley’s & family.
    —Chuck Uhlar & family

  • Every time I saw Erin she would come over and give me a big hug. Her smile always made my day.
    There were so many times I would see her at Stop & Shop and she would say I don’t feel good can you give me a ride home. That always got me in trouble with her family. How could you not love her..
    She was so lucky to have the best family.

    Love You Erin

  • Remembering Erin and how much she use to love to sing.
    Rest in peace sweat Erin. My heart goes out to the Riley family.

  • Erin was a friend of my sister, Michelle Mullen. Many times my mom and I saw her in Stop and Shop over the years and she always asked how Michelle was doing. I hope you and Michelle (Shelly) are dancing up a storm in heaven! May you Rest In Peace and I know you will be missed by many people. My condolences to your family ! 😇❤️🌹

  • May Erin rest in Peace she will always be remembered and loved by every person who come to know her. Rest easy Chic till we meet again.

  • May you rest I’m the sweetest of peace Erin. It was an honor to know you. Heaven has just been given a true angel.

  • A little scary going food shopping. She would pop up with anything she wanted to say across lanes of. shoppers, hey Linda Tim isn’t feeling well today as he drank too much. Kathy was mad at me, she said I say too much. We would laugh so much. She loved David Schofield, and at his wedding he had a special dance with her and she always remember that. She was so loved by so many and had a wonderful life that her parents and siblings will always be grateful for.

  • My deepest sympathies to all of the wonderful Riley Family. She was a sparkle in everyone’s eyes. In my memories of Erin growing up, always always a smile. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know it’s a big one.

  • Will always remember how much Erin loved to dance. Spent a lot of good times with her the Riley Family. Rest in peace Erin.



  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your beautiful Erin. My thoughts are with you all.

  • I am saddened to hear of erins passing.ive known for a long time my thoughts and prayers are with Erin’s family. you will be missederin

  • Erin was always the sunshine of every where see went
    She love life to the fullest
    I’m so sorry for the family but remember all the memories
    She would always tell me Dana is picking on me he won’t stop
    Love to all Sheryl Haskins Mahoney

  • Tim and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of such a sweet and special girl loved by so many. You are in my prayers

  • So very sorry to hear about your lose prayers and condolences to the family Erin was a great person as long as I knew she was loved by everyone RIP ERIN YOU WILL BE MISSED THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU THE LORD MAKE FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS UNTO YOU THE LORD LIFT UP HIS LIGHT OF CODENENCEE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Riley family. I’m so sorry for your loss, Erin brought a smile to anyone who knew her, she was the sweetest. RIP Erin 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • Sweet Erin , just found out . I’m heart broken. I didnt get to say Goodbye but it’s probably for the best. I could not bare it. Rest in heavenly peace.

  • So sorry for your loss, I heard lots of stories from her sister Kathy! My thoughts and prayers to you

  • Dear Paula and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Erin’s passing. She was such a great person we all loved her. We always got a wonderful greeting and a big hug when we saw her. Sean and Dan also liked working with her at Stop & Shop. Lisa loved her too hopefully they’ll all be together in a better place. Love and peace to you and your
    Love and Prayers
    Mr. & Mrs. C.

  • To the Riley Family,
    May the sweet, kind and hard working personality of Erin be an example of never giving up for all to live by. May all the memories you made with her find peace in your mind and in your heart with each passing day!!!!
    The world is less happier with out Erin in it.
    Personally I will miss Erin’s beautiful smile and awesome hugs. Erin sleep with the angels 😇 💓 💕 miss you already. Xoxo Patti Dooling

  • I loved and still love Erin very much, and I miss her. I’ll be thinking of her a lot, we worked at Stop and Shop together and went to many dances together. We spent a lot of time together in Quincy and I saw her all the time walking. She was my best friend and she’ll always be with me-in my heart. I’ll be coming to visit her in Braintree very soon.

  • she will always be in our hearts and in our memories she will never be forgotten she lived her life
    to be a good friend and sister. we’re so sorry for what happed to her , hearts do go on!

  • Erin was a truly wonderful and amazing woman. She could make everyone smile with her joyful personality. She was loved by so many people and will be missed but not forgotten. My deepest condolences and sympathy for her beautiful loving family.
    With all my love to you all

  • I just found out about the loss of Erin from a friends dad and I am so very sorry! She was a great friend and fun to bowl with! I will never forget her smile!

  • My friend Erin who I have known since High School.We had so much fun at all the dances throughout the years, I will miss you and pray for you. I will see you again in Heaven. Rest in peace my good friend. ❤️ Lisa Lydon

  • Erin sang as if no one was listening and danced like no one was watching. She was an example of how to live one’s life for many of us. For me, there were times that I let things get to me that I know Erin could not be bothered with. She was an inspiration. I love you ‘Chick’ and I think we are all better people because we had you in our lives.

  • I just found out today of Erin’s passing from another Co worker/ friend . Sorry to hear. I worked with Erin in Quincy 2010 until I transferred to a different location in 2017. And there was a few times I was hoping to see Erin for my own personal reason and I saw her I remember a couple of years ago at my work shopping with I believe one if her sisters I was beyond thrilled. It was a duper busy day but I didn’t care I right away gave her a huge hug and hello. I will always treasure that moment. God let that moment happen. My love, thoughts and prayers are with all of loved ones and friends

  • I just heard of Erin’s passing. It brought tears to my eyes. So many wonderful memories of growing up in BayTowers (8B). Erin would brighten up any room she walked into. You knew how much she loved her family and how much they all loved her back. She will will be truly missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the Riley family!!