4-Sport Letterman Dick "Bear" Riley Passes Away - UMass Athletics

4-Sport Letterman Dick "Bear" Riley Passes Away

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We are sad to announce the passing for former UMass four-sport athlete Dick "Bear" Riley, class of 1960, who died on Dec. 6, 2010. 

Riley was an All-Yankee Conference tackle and three-year starter in football. He also medaling in the New England Collegiate Heavyweight Wresting Championships.

Riley was also a letterman in lacrosse for Coach Dick Garber and lettered in track throwing the hammer for Coach Bill Footrick .

Read his full obituary by reading below or in the Nashua Telegraph.

RILEY, Richard J., recently of Sudbury, MA and formerly of Peterborough, NH, Dec. 6, 2010 after a fifteen year journey - struggle with prostate cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Born November 26, 1936 in Lowell, MA to the late James C. and Agatha (Juerst) Riley. Predeceased by wife of 39 years, Kathryn (Lilly) Riley, in 2001 and wife Carol Mahoney in 2005. Survived by his sister Jean Riley of Lowell, MA; son Michael J. Riley, his wife Danielle and their children Benjamin and Anna of Andover, MA; Jennifer Hubley Porter, her husband David, and their children Katie and Jack Hubley, Tim, Katelyn and Kenzie Porter, of Sudbury, MA; and Elizabeth Smith, her husband Steve, and their daughter Jennifer, of Sudbury. Dick graduated from Lowell High School in 1954 where he played on two state championship football teams before going on to attend and play football at Brown University and UMass-Amherst. Believed to be one of the few four-sport lettermen in UMass history (football, lacrosse, wrestling, track & field). After graduating UMass, taught in the Boston Public Schools for several years, earned master's degrees in education and counseling, and was head football coach at Our Lady's of Newton. In 1970, moved to New Ipswich, NH and became guidance counselor at Hollis High School where he worked for twenty-seven years. After early retirement, his passion for antique tools became his second career, and in 1999 he moved the world headquarters of Richard J. Riley Antiques to Peterborough, NH. In "retirement" he also cared lovingly for his first wife, Kana, in her illness; religiously visited with his sister, and his children and grandchildren; drove the eastern U.S. to attend tool auctions and visit with his many loyal friends; took up painting and photography; participated in his men's group; cared for his wife Carol Mahoney; quietly contributed to charitable and arts causes in the Monadnock region; and enjoyed few things more than reading by the waters of Cape Cod and MacDowell Lake in Peterborough. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 160 Concord Rd., Sudbury on Thurs. Dec. 9 at 10AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. The family will receive visitors at the Duckett - J. S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Rd., (Rt. 20), Sudbury, Wed. Dec. 8, 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

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