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John Riley Johnson Jr.


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John Riley Johnson, Jr

Norfolk - J. Riley Johnson, Jr., Norfolk attorney and sportsman, 85, died on July 3, 2018. A native of Norfolk, Riley was a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon receiving his law degree, Riley associated with the firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia, returning to Norfolk in 1963. He recently retired from his solo practice.

Riley was a sailing enthusiast and active in the sailing community. He was a National Commodore of the Hampton One-Design Class Racing Association and Regatta Chairman of the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. He was a member of the Hampton Yacht Club and the Virginia Club.

Riley also was a member of the President's Advisory Committee of Virginia Wesleyan College and a long time supporter of the Old Dominion University Sailing Team, where the "Riley Cup" continues to be one of the ODU Sailing Team's season opening regattas.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he served on the board of the Canterbury Episcopal Center at ODU and was an active and dedicated member of Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be held at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Riley's honor to ODU Sailing or Christ and St. Luke's.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 11, 2018
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