Richard Riley
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Riley, Richard Ames

April 23, 1942 – May 12, 2020

Richard (Dick) Ames Riley, formerly of both Coatesville, PA, and Baltimore, MD, passed peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side early Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020. He was born in Baltimore, MD on April 23, 1942 to John T. Riley, Sr and Ruth Ames Willoughby Riley. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Riley, his daughters, Sandra Riley Ferretti (Frank), and Sally Ames Moulton (Jody), as well as his brother, John T. Riley, Jr (Kathleen), and his grandchildren, Eric, Brandon and Daniel Ferretti, Avery and Jackson Moulton, and stepdaughters Dawn Giombetti (David) and Kimberly Nietch (Chris), stepson Jack (Shanon), and stepgrandchildren, Dennis, Dylan, Zane and Hadley. He had been a resident of St Petersburg, FL since November 2015.

Dick was a graduate of U of MD (BS) and Fairleigh Dickenson University (MBA) in Montclair NJ. He spent many years in the food ingredient business as a salesman on the road, as well as purchasing manager for Essex Grain in King of Prussia, PA.

Dick never had a judgmental word to say about anyone and will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and wit. He was always pleasant and cracking his jokes until the end. He loved driving anywhere, skiing, diving, sailing, bicycling and travel around the world. He could do just about anything he set his mind to do, from driving a big rig, or DIY home projects. He enjoyed being with friends and family most of all. He always supported and encouraged his wife, children and grandchildren in any endeavor they were interested in and to try new experiences that enriched all of their lives. Dick was a member of Brandywine Valley Ski Association and was a lifelong Orioles baseball fan. He was a man of integrity, believed in the power of education (in and out of the classroom) and made sure that his family and friends knew that he supported and loved them.

Dick was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2018 and his efforts to always be there to help others was evident, choosing to have both his brain donated to the Brain Support Network at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and his body to Science Care to enable further research toward a cure on this disease. Plans for celebrating Dick's life will not be finalized until research is completed and current healthcare matters of safety and individual concern can be addressed. Therefore, in lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made in his name by either credit card to or or by check to Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on May 20, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
My dad was always my rock, from stepping up to the challenge of raising a child at 21 to realizing his own mortality in his illness, he was always matter of fact, happy go lucky and just plain REAL. He took care of me ALWAYS, whether it was teaching me to drive a 4 on the floor at 15, fixing my home security issues or being the only other one to like anchovies and sausage on pizza. I will miss him with my whole being, but I know he is no longer suffering even though he is still taking care of me through his generous spirit.
Love you, Dad.
Sandra Riley Ferretti
May 23, 2020
Many good trips taken together. He is already missed.
Carole Hamill
May 23, 2020
Carole Hamill
May 22, 2020
This is my grand father of sally Moulton my mom I loved him so much like his personality. I love you grandpa
May 22, 2020
Ryls passing is a very sad event. He and Marie were perfect for each other. I met Ryl in the trailers behind Fraternity and Sorority row as we were freshmen at the University of Maryland in 1960. Ryl always had life as his first priority, studies were second. Many rides in his Volvo to get pizzas and beer. We (the teabags) stayed in contact over the years, never failing to enjoy each other. He will be missed by many, including me!
Bob Lindner
Classmate and friend
May 21, 2020
I have lost a dear dear friend and my first college roommate.I am not sure I would have made it thru college if it werent for Dick! The red roach(car-Volvo) got us everywhere and no amount of snow would keep Dick from getting to his destination- even if it meant driving on the sidewalk.I will miss him so much!❣
Dick Algire
May 21, 2020
I have known Dick Riley for 60 years, since when we were freshman roommates entering the U of MD. I will always remember him as a generous and sincere person who didn't take himself too seriously, who lived life to the fullest. My wife, Diane, and I will miss him greatly, and we will hold him and Marie in our prayers.
JIm & Diane Marquette
May 21, 2020
We had a lot of fun adventures with Dick and he left us with many good memories.
So sorry to hear of his passing.
Liz and Ian
May 20, 2020
We sorry to hear about Dicks passing , our prayers to your family.
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