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Stephen A. Riley

Born: Sun., Nov. 4, 1945
Died: Mon., May 18, 2020

Funeral Service

Location: At A Latter Date

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Stephen A. Riley, 74, of Assonet, passed away at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, on May 18, following a brief illness.  He was born in Boston the son of John C. and Elizabeth (Adamson) Riley and moved to Assonet with his family at the age of two. 

Steve attended Freetown schools and graduated from Apponequet Regional High School in 1965.  In October of that year, he enlisted in the Air Force serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War.  He retired from Valentine Tool & Stamping in Norton in 2008 after 30 years as a draftsman. 

Steve enjoyed woodworking and collecting and restoring old tools.  His “Unique Birdhouses” were sold at the Strawberry Festival and can be seen in trees and yards around town.  He enjoyed retirement and often headed out early for breakfast with friends.  He was looking forward to restaurants reopening so he could get back to his routine.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Paula (Gamache) Riley; his son, Patrick Riley of Fall River; his brother, John Riley of Assonet; cousin, Nancy (Lawton) Abbott of The Villages, FL; and many nieces and nephews.  Steve always considered his neighbor, Brian Haskins, and the entire Haskins family his second family. 

There will be no service at this time, but something will be planned when we can all be together.  If you would like to make a donation in Steve’s memory, please consider an animal shelter of your choice.

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alfred ferry
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
To Steves family my condolences.

Claude and Mary Bourque
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Keeping you and Patrick in our thoughts and prayers🙏🏻

Patricia DePina-Law
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
My deepest condolences as you and the family go through this difficult time.

Michael Morais
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He will be missed.

Barbara & Roger Poineau
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
So sorry to hear about Steve. He was a wonderful guy and will miss him when if ever we have a reunion. Let us know when a memorial service will happen.

Linda Fairhurst Callaghan
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
No words can express the loss of a lifelong friend. You will be missed, Stevie, but the memories will remain.

Bethany Laporte
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
Dear Paula and Patrick,
I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. He was so nice, a dear man. God be with you.

Toby and Maureen Baird
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time.

Margie & Jim Copeland
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
We are so extremely sorry for the loss of your husband and childhood friend of my husband. Our hearts ache with sorrow! Please know you are in our prayers!

Jim & Mary Jane Doherty
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
We were very sorry to hear of Steve's passing and are extending our sympathies to Paula & Patrick and the whole family. I have many fond memories of my time spent with Steve and consider him a very good friend.
He will be missed by many people and we will always remember his great sense of humor. Jim Doherty

Michael Callaghan
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
How do you say goodbye to a dear life-long friend? You don't. You treasure his memory daily looking out at the birhouses hanging in your backyard, remembering the the good times and his special laugh. Paula and Patrick, you have our deepest sympathies and condolences.
Michael Callaghan and Mary Doherty-Callaghan

The Reid's in Alabama
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
We were shocked and saddened by the news of Steve. You and Patrick are in our thoughts at this time. Norman and Natasha Reid

   Posted Thu May 21, 2020
Paula and Patrick, So sorry to hear of the loss of Steve, your husband and father. It seems like only yesterday that I ran into you and Steve at Wareham Crossing. I have sent a sympathy card to your physical address. Although I wonder if you have a post office box because I would often see you walking to the post office. Wishing you peace and comfort at this time of such great loss. Prayers to your whole family.

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