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Waldemar M. "Wally" Riley

Waldemar M. "Wally" Riley, 87, of Williamsburg passed away on Feb. 5, 2013. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Riley. Wally is survived by his wife, Remigia Riley; his long-time companion, Carol Copenhaver; sons, Mark Riley (Bonnie) and Kevin Riley (Andrea Dorcy); brother, Dr. Harry S. Riley; sister, Pat Riley; grandchildren, Taytem, Atticus, McKenzie, Ashley Riley, Griffin, Zachary, Logan and Kylie Dorcy; nieces, Pamela and Kelly Riley; and nephew, Shawn Riley.
Wally served in World War II and Korea, earning the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. He organized the first Army Reserve unit in Williamsburg in 1957. He graduated from William & Mary in 1956 as a member of the Order of the White Jackets. He was the first swimmer to get a varsity letter for swimming when the team became a varsity sport in 1951. He was an assistant varsity swim coach at the college for 15 years and later continued as the business manager for the team. His career was as an agent with New York Life.
Among his many community activities, Wally helped organize swim teams at the old James Blair High, Lafayette High and Walsingham Academy. He organized and coached the Kingspoint team, and was active in AAU swimming. He was chairman of the Williamsburg Blood Mobile program for 5 years during the Vietnam War and served on the Red Cross board. Through the W&M Cancer Swim events he established and organized, he had raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. He was a past commander of VFW Post 4639; organized a Boy Scout Troop at Eastern State Hospital in 1960; served on Board of Recreation for the city and the county; was president of the James City County Chamber of Commerce (1963-64) before it merged with Williamsburg; was a past commander of the American Legion and the VFW; and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at Crosswalk Community Church, 7575 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, with a reception following at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Kiwanis Foundation of Williamsburg, P.O. Box 1265, Williamsburg VA 23187; or William & Mary Cancer Swim, Attn: Matt Crispino, P.O. Box 399, Williamsburg VA 23187. Online condolences may be offered at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Feb. 11 to Mar. 12, 2013
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