FRANK RILEY Capt. Franklin K. Riley, Jr. passed away on September 19, 2013 and is now at peace after a long illness. He was born on July 15, 1934 in Fall River, MA, son of Marquerite A. and Franklin K. Riley, Sr. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1952, Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1955 and New York University in 1968. He sailed in the Merchant Marines for Farrell Lines as Deck Officer and Captain of cargo and passenger ships sailing from the East Coast to East, West and South Africa. He received his Master's License in 1960. On September 17, 1960 he married Teresa Mary Gilman at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. They lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. until moving to Washington Township, N.J. in June of 1962. upon coming ashore he rose to Vice President-Industrial Relations. He served as Director of the Downtown Athletic Club. He was Cub Master for pack 321 for 6 years. He was elected for two terms as Trustee on the Westwood N.J. Board of Education. He also negotiated contracts for the Ho-Ho-Kus Board of Education and the RIdgewood Board of Education. In 1973 he moved to Mahwah, N.J. In 1979 he was appointed Vice President-Industrial Relations at American President Lines in Oakland, CA where he negotiated labor contracts with 12 unions and served as Trustee of 20 Taft-Hartley pension, welfare and training plans. He retired in 1999 and moved from Orinda, CA to Chico, CA where he owned and managed several properties. He could be seen as "Ambassador" at the 5th St. Steakhouse and Franky's restaurants. He brought many smiles to many faces and was admired, respected and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Teresa, children, Franklin Riley, III, (Patricia), Kevin Riley (Lorianne) and Teresa Andrew (Nicholas) and four grandchildren, Franklin Riley IV, Kaitlyn Riley, Ryan Andrew and Riley Andrew, brother, Capt. Robert Riley (Catherine) and many nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the
. Viewing will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. at Brusie Funeral Home on Sunday, September 29 with a Vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 30th at 10 a.m. at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church.
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626 Broadway Chico, CA 95928
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 26, 2013