Daniel R. Riordan
WORCESTER - Daniel R. Riordan, 97, of Worcester, a Realtor and Appraiser for many years, and a World War II
Veteran, died Friday, August 16, 2013 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
He leaves three sons, Bruce K. Riordan and his wife Vittoria of Marina Del Rey, Calif., Kevin J. Riordan and his wife Cindee of Virginia Beach, Va. and Mark Riordan of Worcester; two granddaughters, Mary Virginia Riordan and Elizabeth Riordan, both of Virginia Beach, Va., and many nieces and nephews. He was the husband of Martha M. (Killeen) Riordan who died last month on July 29, 2013. His son Brian W. Riordan died in 1970. He was also the widower of the late Ellen Meagher Riordan who passed away in 1951.
Mr. Riordan was born in Worcester, on August 31, 1915, son of John and Ellen (Boyle) Riordan and brother of the late Paul, Jeremiah, Walter, Claire, Catherine Takesian, Margaret Cantwell and Mary Burke. He lived in Worcester all his life.
He graduated from North High School and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and he continued his studies at numerous local colleges throughout his life.
Mr. Riordan was a proud member of "The Greatest Generation," and a veteran of World War II. He served with the U.S. Army
Air Force as a Navigator in B-29s and, later, he continued his service as a Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with the Army-Air Force Reserve in Worcester. He served in the Reserves for three decades, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976.
Mr. Riordan founded his own realty and appraisal business, Riordan and Associates, in the 1960s and he kept the doors open to the business over five decades until his retirement in 2010. He was formerly a Treasurer of the Home Federal Bank and a member in good standing of many local business organizations. He was a member of the Industrial Development Financing Authority as well as the local Diocese Realty Advisory Board and a variety of other civic groups. He was also qualified as a real estate expert in the State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts, as well as the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, and he testified in all those courts on many occasions.
Daniel was a vibrant man of energy, vitality and life. He was a self-starter and self-reliant, and he managed his own independent business for nearly 50 years. He had a lifelong passion for cameras, photography and reading, with a special fondness for the Westerns of Louis L'Amour. He loved the sun and the beaches of Cape Cod and Florida, as well driving the roads and by-ways of Massachusetts. During his time as an appraiser and realtor, he left an indelible mark on Worcester County, having worked on nearly every public project in the region. All who knew him will miss Daniel, but everyone can remember him when they enjoy the parks, the thoroughfares and the public spaces that he devoted his life's work to building.
Calling hours are Tuesday, August 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church 555 Pleasant St, Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Dan's memory to Abby's House, 52 High St., Worcester, MA 01609.