William M. Riley

Birth Date: 
Saturday, October 8, 1955
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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.



Memorial Contributions: 

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


Bill was a very great guy always a smile on his face.will be missed. prayers for the family

Bill was my classmate. Always enjoyed the time spent with him and Mike D. at the El Cap. Great times! He will be greatly missed. Hugs and prayers to all.

I loved Bill so much!!! He was always so wonderful and important in my life. I am stunned and send all his family my thanks for such a wonderful man. Jesus has him.. Love, Denise

Bill was a great guy. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the Riley family.

Words cannot express the heartfelt pain !!! Never got to spend much time with Bill in his life but time spent was rewarding and joyful. I know he and my cousin had a happy and blessed marriage. His memories will always linger in my heart. May God grant peace, courage and strength to all those left behind as they continue through this walk of life without his presence. "To be absent in body is to be present with the Lord".

My heart and prayers are with you.I'm in Texas with April. Stay strong

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the privilege to meet Bill years ago when I was friends with his daughter in high school.

Bill was a really nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Riley family.

Thinking of you today Deb. So sorry for your loss.

Prayers to Deb and all of the Riley family. Bill was always welcoming, sweet and kind. He will be missed. He is in peace.

Deb and family, we will truly miss Bill. Without a doubt he was the warmest, kindest person we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our prayers are with you all.

Sincere sympathy to Deb & family.Bill was such a friendly,fun loving guy. We had many good times with the two of you and Rich & Betty. May JESUS wrap HIS loving arms around the family and give you peace. I am forever grateful to you Deb, for the care you gave my father when he was under hospice care many years ago. Take care & live & love strong.

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