Gregory L. Riley, age 87
Gregory L. Riley, age 87
Gregory L. Riley, age 87, of Braintree, died peacefully, with family at his side, Saturday, March 20, 2021.
Gregory was born in Quincy, to the late Daniel and Margaret (Countie) Riley. Raised and educated in North Quincy, he was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1950. He lived in Braintree for over fifty-five years.
Gregory was proud to have served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to the 26th Aviation Depot Squadron and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Following his time in the service, Gregory attended Northeastern University and graduated in the class of 1963. He worked as an electrical engineer for over forty years. Gregory was employed at the former EG & G, currently PerkinElmer, then at Foster Miller, Johnson Controls, and retired from EH and E.
Gregory was happiest when surrounded by family. He loved family parties, especially birthdays, mostly because of the cake. Gregory had a passion for music and was often heard singing around the house. He had an Irish tenor voice and sang in the church choir as well as at many weddings. He also enjoyed being outside whether working in his yard creating beautiful flower gardens or watching his grandkids swim in the pool.
Beloved husband for fifty-eight years of Marilyn A. (Wuerth) Riley.
Devoted father of his favorite son, Gregory L. Riley, Jr. and his wife Lynn of Cumberland, R.I., his favorite son, Damon B. Riley and his wife Michelle of Derwood, Md., his favorite daughter, Cristin R. Surette and her husband Brian, his favorite daughter Jayne R. Kenny and her husband Sean, and his favorite daughter, Kathleen E. Riley, all of Braintree.
Loving grandfather of Gregory, Lauren, Jack, Anna, Caroline, Owen, Daniel, Eva, Meghan, and Terence.
One of seven siblings, he was the dear brother of Judith Lyons of Whitman, and was predeceased by Virginia DiTullio, Joanne Stokinger, John, Daniel, and Joseph Riley.
Gregory is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Tuesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.
For those who wish, donations in Gregory’s memory may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, Framingham, MA 01701.