Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
CANAL FULTON - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of William Martin Riley, 62 years young. He passed peacefully on the morning of September 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Known to his friends as Bill, Mr. Bill or even Wild Bill, he was a carpenter extraordinaire, fisherman, hunter, prankster, ancestry enthusiast and political blogger. Bill was a family man – he married his best friend, Debara Riley, on November 14, 1981 and together they made “one day at a time” look easy. He was extremely proud of his family and was known as Papaw to his grandchildren and many other kids that he adopted.
Bill proudly served in the United States Navy as a Seabee from 1974 – 1978. Bill and Deb were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wooster, and he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong scholar and his witty remarks were never in short supply. His final days were spent with family and friends. He gave us courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Bill’s life in their own way, however raising a glass of Irish whiskey in his memory would be quite appropriate. The family invites you to celebrate Bill’s life on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at McIntire Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. There will be a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster. A private interment will be held at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Finally and most importantly, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, you would do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness in Bill’s name.
“It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.”
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
Do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kinkness in Bill's name.
Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster