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Joseph E. Riley, Jr.

September 26, 1933 — May 5, 2024


Joseph E. Riley, Jr.

Joseph E. Riley, Jr., aged 90, peacefully passed away on May 5, 2024, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Dorchester on September 26, 1933, Mr. Riley lived a life marked by hard work and dedication. For over 45 years, he tirelessly provided for his family through his commitment to the Boston Herald, often working long hours and overnight shifts.

Mr. Riley found joy in caring for his home and tending to his garden, where he poured his love and attention. A dedicated family man, he cherished moments spent at home with his children and grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn Louise (English). He was the loving father of Kathi Yergin and her husband Jerry of Lisbon Falls, ME, Richard Riley and his significant other, Julie of Peabody, and Stephen Riley and his wife Michelle of Lynnfield. He was the adoring grandfather of Brian, Meghan, Sarah, Connor, Ryan, Cameron, Spencer and Vanessa. He is also survived by four great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father Joseph E. Riley, Sr. 

A Graveside Service will be held at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody on Saturday, May 18 at 11am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. 

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Graveside Service

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery & Crematory

185 Lake St, Peabody, MA 01960

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