Michael Richard Riley, 61, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on May 7th, 2012 in Newtown, PA, after a courageous battle with cancer. Michael was born in St. Louis, MO on March 8, 1951 to Thomas Edward Riley and Jacqueline Frost Riley. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN in 1969 and Memphis State University in 1973. Michael served as Group President of StayWell (a Division of MediMedia USA), the leading information provider of patient, health and safety education. During his 11 years with the company, he was the senior executive responsible for three divisions: Krames Patient Education, StayWell Custom Communications, and the StayWell Health and Safety Division where he had oversight of the strategic publishing partnerships with the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross. His considerable prior healthcare publishing experience included service as CEO of Facts and Comparisons, a leading St. Louis based drug information publisher, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, a global professional publishing company with headquarters in Amsterdam. There he launched drugfacts.com, a leading drug information web destination for both healthcare professionals and consumers. Most of his career was spent at Mosby Times Mirror, a large health science publisher in St. Louis where he held numerous marketing, editorial and executive roles including President, Professional and Academic Publishing. His first involvement with the American Red Cross occurred during that period. Times Mirror was a Los Angeles based media company and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, now a Tribune Company newspaper. He served on the Executive Committee for the Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Division, Michael attributed these professional accomplishments to the loving support of his wife, Sue, who was by his side for 43 years. It was obvious to all who knew Michael that family was his greatest treasure. He loved to spend his free time with his children and grandchildren at his home in Anna Maria Island, FL. He also loved taking his nieces and nephews to St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Some of his favorite memories were spent at family gatherings in his home town of Memphis, TN; where he helped to create the traditions that meant so much to him. He leaves behind, his wife of 43 years, Sue Janes Riley, and his two daughters Christine Riley Soedel (Dirk) of Columbus, IN, and Patricia Riley Valenzuela (Jorge) of Miami, FL. He also leaves behind two grandchildren Thomas Michael Soedel and Kathleen Marie Soedel. He is preceded in death by his father Thomas Edward Riley. He also leaves behind his mother, Jacqueline Frost Riley and siblings Dan Riley (Beth), Cindy Stewart (Steve), Timothy Riley, Cathy Richmond (Ron), Kevin Riley, Maureen Mobley (Robert), Janice Gibert (Jason), and Renee Raiford (Drew), and 23 nieces and nephews, and 17 great nieces and nephews. Although his body succumbed to the illness, mentally, spiritually and with remarkable grace and a sense of humor, he was the real victor. Visitation will be held on Friday May 11th, 2012 from 5-7 at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, TN. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Louis Catholic Church on Saturday May 12th at 12 noon. The family asks that any donations be sent to The American Red Cross or the . Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com

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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery
5668 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38119-0885
(901) 767-8930

Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 9, 2012