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James Harold Riley

February 25, 1924 ~ June 14, 2022 (age 98)


James Harold Riley, of Colchester and formerly of Micco, FL, Glastonbury and Hebron, CT, passed away at Harrington Court Complete Care Center in Colchester where he had been residing.  He was 98 years old.  Born in New York City, NY on February 25, 1924, he was the son of William and Mary (Sweeney) Riley.  James was a proud veteran having served during WWII in the US Army Air Force.  He married his beloved wife, Marjorie Tracy on June 25, 1949.  The couple raised their family in Glastonbury, they lived for a time in Hebron, and then retired to their home in Palm Bay, FL.  They enjoyed Camping with their friends in Connecticut and Florida, and they loved to dance, especially the fox trot, jitterbug, and square dancing.  James enjoyed bowling with a league in Florida and was very active in the Elks both in Glastonbury and Palm Bay, FL.  His loving wife Marjorie predeceased him in 1998 after 50 years of marriage.  James retired several years ago after a long career as a Glazier in Construction. One of his notorious accomplishments was helping to install glass in the Empire State Building. He also worked for a time as an Arrow Bus Driver, transporting the Globe Trotter’s basketball team with their many tours. James will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted family man who was always there when they needed him. He will be sadly missed but remembered with love by his daughter, Kathleen Margelot and her husband, Walter of Lebanon, his son, Bruce Riley of Bullhead City, AZ; three grandchildren, Michael Previti, Derek Riley, Bruce James Riley II; five great grandchildren, Samantha Christie, Gianna, Anthony, Rae Lynn and Grayson Previti; and many extended family friends.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Robert Previti. Funeral services will be held privately according to his wishes.  He will be buried in the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Middletown.  The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements.  For online condolences, please visit   

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