George J. Riley

February 19, 2013       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    George J. "Red" Riley, 83, formerly of Griffin Street, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, at the Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since August 2009. 

Spring graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in North Watertown Cemetery.

A prayer service was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home followed by a noon Mass of the Resurrection at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Jonas Tandayu officiating. 

Born in Watertown a son of Lyman and Theresa O'Hara Riley, he was raised by Ernest and Hazel Simonds and worked on their dairy farm on Route 37, Pamelia, for 63 years. 

He retired from farming in 1994. 

George was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church.

Surviving are a nephew, David Bertrand, Central Square; three nieces, Theresa LaDuke, Mattydale; Carol Carrigan, Liverpool; Leta O'Donnell, Syracuse; many great and great great nieces and nephews; his foster brother and sister, Glenn Simonds, New Hampshire and Marie Oakes, Watertown. 

He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Lloyd, and two sisters Anna (infant) and Mary Bertrand.

Contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Thompson St., Watertown.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.