Joseph J. Riley, 96, of West Brandywine, PA, formerly of Chatham; Pennington; Avalon, NJ; and Alexandria, VA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Joseph was born on April 11, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the son of the late James and Ann (nee Wynn) Riley. He was a 1941 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA and a 1947 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Joe served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943-1946.
He married Bernadine Goldate Riley on May 14, 1949, and recently celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss.
Joseph worked within the telecommunications industry starting in 1941 as an installer with Western Electric. Following multiple managerial positions, he completed his career as Vice President of Human Resources for Bell Atlantic, retiring in 1986.
Joseph volunteered throughout his life including the National Executive Service Corps, Emeritus Teacher Program, Washington, DC, and volunteer staff of The House of Representatives. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was on the board of directors for United Way, and on the pension board of the Laity Committee of The Archdiocese of Newark.
Joseph is survived by his beloved wife Bernadine Goldate Riley. He was the loving father of Joseph J. Riley, Jr. and wife Carol; Michael Riley and wife Terri; Maureen Bulger and husband Brian; Robert Riley and wife Mary; and Beth Ann Griesser and husband Joseph and cherished grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ 07928. An interment will follow at St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Summit, NJ. In his memory, donations can be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Church attn: Fr. Brennan, 80 S 17th Ave, Coatesville, PA 19320 or the Freedom Village Scholarship Fund Attn: Ed Ferrari 218 Freedom Blvd. West Brandywine, PA 19320.