Michael Riley

Michael E. Riley

Tuesday, November 13th, 1951 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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TROY Michael Edward Riley, 69, of Lansingburgh died Monday November 30, 2020. Born in Troy he was the son of the late Philip James Riley II and Virginia Cantley Riley. Mike was a 1969 graduate of Waterford Halfmoon High School and subsequently enlisted in the Navy and later the Army.

He enjoyed traveling especially doing long haul truck driving for Roberts Transportation and LandStar Transportation with his son, criss-crossing the country visiting friends and family whenever he could. Prior to that Mike worked as a cook on the tugboats out of NYC, Hoffman’s Car Wash, Anchor Foods and Schwanz Foods. Mike was a born salesman..a true gift of gab! He never met a stranger that he didn’t consider a friend. Mike had a big and generous heart, always taking in someone less fortunate. He would literally give someone the shirt off his back or his last $1.00. Consequently, Mike never was a rich man with respect to money but he had good friends whom he enjoyed cooking for

Mike loved his son, Michael John, his cat Charlie and his brothers and sister. Mike fought an uphill battle with diabetes and its many complications. After losing a leg, his failing health, loss of his independence and his best friend, his mother, 4 yrs ago….depression creeped in although he rarely complained of his loneliness and feelings of isolation. Thanks to his close friends, Cy and Bobby for your friendship and support over the years and to the VA support team for always lending their help, Meals on Wheels and Visiting Nurses for your much appreciated support and care.

He is survived by his son, Michael John Riley of Stillwater, granddaughter Stephanie Riley of Cohoes, brothers Arthur Riley (Mary Ann), Philip Riley III (Carol), sister Alice Suski (Hal) of Waterford, NY and predeceased by a brother Patrick Joseph Riley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In memory of Mike and his good nature, remember to be kind to others and forgiving. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation 5 Pine West Plaza Suite 505, Albany, NY 12205. There will be no viewing hours.

A private graveside burial with Military Honors will be held at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
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    Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
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    Services Will Be Private
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    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Rd
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Shawn Suski

Posted at 11:10am
May the Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on the soul of Michael Riley. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
O God, You gave us a Michael, and in Your wisdom and love have called him home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.

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