MASSENA – Mr. Ronald E. Riley, 76, of 40 Amherst Road, peacefully passed away Friday morning, Febraury 9, 2018 at his home.
Ron was born May 17, 1941 in Ogdensburg, the son of the late Edward and Hazel (Carbino) Riley. He, along with his family moved to Massena, where he attended school. On April 16, 1962, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Apenborn in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Rev. John Eggleston, officiating. Betty predeceased him on January 11, 2005.
Ron worked at SUNY Potsdam, retiring in 2002 as a supervisor in Central Printing. He also owned and operated Massena Printing for many years and worked for a time at the Massena Observer. He had a lifelong passion for woodworking – especially wood carvings. He shared his passion for wood carvings with many through gifts, but truly his greatest gift was teaching the art to many throughout the North Country and state including The Great Camp Sagamore, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), and Remington Kids Place. He also organized two carving clubs at the Arts Council in Potsdam and the Eugene Nicandri Nature Center in Massena, where some of his work is proudly displayed. Throughout his life, he had been active with the Oddfellows, Moose Lodge, and Rotary Clubs, and more recently with the St. Lawrence County Antique Farm Museum in Madrid. Ron also enjoyed fishing and had a great love for photography.
Ron is survived by his children, Joan Riley and John and Kathy Riley, all of Massena; his grandchildren, Devin and Kane Riley and Brandon Pichette; his partner, Bonnie LaPree; her children, Amy Willard and her husband Russell Lowes of Waddington and Jennifer Hayden and her husband Michael of Massena; and their children, Andy and Aaron Lowes, Hayliegh and Rayden Ashley and Kayde Hayden; and great grandson, Ashton Lowes.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Gary Riley on February 8, 2018.
Friends may call Monday 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 10:00 AM at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. Michael Jablonski, celebrating. Burial will be held in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley or the American Diabetes Foundation.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.