Gregory L. Riley, age 87

of Braintree

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.


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  • Our hearts are with you all, with many healing prayers for your broken hearts.
    We’re just a phone call away should you need anything, and I mean that to each and every one of you.
    Collette, Billy, Christy & Devon

  • Dear Marilyn,
    Jack and I are sending our condolences and prayers for you and your family through this difficult time. Know that all your pickleball friends are sending prayers and hugs your way as well.
    Your friends,
    Marybeth and Jack

  • So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to your and your family.

  • Dear Marilyn

    The enforcer and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hearing
    your stories has been a joy to me. Gregory and you had a wonderful life together and a
    beautiful family. God Bless see you soon.

    Love Dottie

  • Dear Aunt Marilyn and Riley Cousins ,

    Barbara, John-Anthony, Patrick and I offer you our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Uncle Greg. I can still hear him singing, see his smile and hear him cracking a joke. I didn’t realize how many favorite sons and favorite daughters he had, but I know I was his favorite nephew! Uncle Greg left behind quite a legacy and we all know his spirit lives on in all of you, your children and everyone he touched. As another electrical engineering graduate from Northeastern University, they taught us that energy cannot be created nor destroyed , it just moves into another state. Uncle Greg’s energy continues to spark. Sorry we are so far away. All our love, thoughts and prayers as you celebrate his life!!

  • Dearest Katie, We were so terribly saddened to hear about your Dad. He was a nice man. God bless him. Please give our love to your mom and your family.

  • Peace and Love to the entire Riley family. My heart is sad, but lifts up when I think of what a kind and twinkly eyed man Greg was. ❤️ Your wonderful, caring and strong family will hold everyone together.
    Heidi and Joe

  • Marilyn & family,
    Gregory sounds like a man after my own heart.
    I wish I could have had a chance to sing a few Irish ditties with him.
    I know he will be sorely missed.
    Love and peace to all,
    Clare O’C