Robert T. Riley, Sr., of Danbury, beloved husband of the late Marie (Ruiz) Riley, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Danbury Hospital on Wednesday, May 3rd. He was born in Torrington on March 27, 1941, son of the late Peter and Veronica (Carey) Riley. He was a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Education, and Master of Art History, and received his Sixth Year Diploma in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
Bob was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, proudly serving with the United States Army from 1963 to 1966. He continued his military career with the United States Marine Corp, serving as an active reservist from 1966 until 1975.
He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, the VFW, and served as the treasurer for the DAV. He also served for 8 years on the Danbury Common Council.
Bob began his teaching career at Morris Street Elementary from 1972 until 1979. He continued for the next ten years at Rogers Park Middle School, and then Danbury High School, retiring as Principal of the Alternative Center for Education. He was a talented educator who inspired countless students over his 32 year career. Many would consider him not only a teacher but a mentor.
Bob was blessed to share 42 years with his cherished wife, Marie. She was his inspiration, always encouraging his passion for education. His wife and family were the center of his life. He will be remembered for his caring generosity, great sense of humor, and unconditional love for his family.
He will be sadly missed by his son, Robert T. Riley, Jr; his daughter, Dawn M. Riley and her companion, Dave Gray; his brothers, Peter Riley and his wife, Marty, Mitchell Riley, and Dennis Riley; his sisters, Dian Banks Kozak and her husband, Joe, Elizabeth Ebner and her husband Kevin, and Carol Waite; his step grandchildren, Ashley and Stanley Weston; his brother-in-law, Anthony Ruiz and his wife Marlene; and sister-in-law, Shirley Ruiz. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
He was predeceased by his brother, Bradford Banks; his sisters, Judy Riley Smith, Susan Jacob, and Bonnie Banks.
The family will receive friends at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, on Sunday, May 7th between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will begin at 1:00pm, followed by military honors.
Cremation and interment in St. Peter Cemetery will take place at a later date.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the many doctors, nurses, friends and relatives who supported Bob and his family during his illness.
Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.