Michael J. Riley ’76
ROWLEY: Michael J. Riley, 60, beloved husband of Judy (Pietrini) Riley, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
Born in Japan, he was the son of the late David W. and Dorothy M. (Caufield) Riley. He was raised and educated in Beverly, graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1972. He was a proud graduate of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where he earned his degree in Marine Engineering, which he graduated in the top five percent of engineers. He later attended graduate school at Babson College, working towards his MBA.
Mr. Riley had been employed as a marine engineer, having worked on ships throughout the world. He had a love for the ocean and worked at various shipyards in Boston including General Ship, Boston Ship Repair and more recently at General Dynamics.
A resident of the town of Rowley, where he and his wife raised their family, he was a hard worker and enjoyed doing projects around their house. He was an avid Patriots fan and had a passion for traveling.
He was active in the St. Mary’s Drum and Bugle Corp during his youth and in later years he enjoyed attending various Drum Corp shows. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, who absolutely adored him. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage, he is survived by two daughters, Kristin E. Riley of Danvers and Katie L. Riley of Amesbury; a son, Michael J. Riley of Ipswich; a sister, Donna Regan and her husband, Bud of Florida; three brothers, David Riley and his wife, Gail of Merrimack, Mass., Christopher Riley and his wife, Linda of Brunswick, Maine, and Sean Riley and his wife, Janet of Newmarket, N.H.; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Riley-O’Connor of Wolfeboro, N.H.; his mother-in-law, Rose M. Pietrini of Beverly and her late husband, Joseph A. Pietrini Sr., his uncle, Robert Caulfield and his wife, Elizabeth of Oregon, and was the brother of the late Scott Riley. In addition, his dogs who loved him, Charlie and Lucy and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He will be sorely missed.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.