Connor D. Riley, retired salesman, veteran Jan. 5, 1921 - May 14, 2006 - The Buffalo News
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Connor D. Riley, retired salesman, veteran Jan. 5, 1921 -- May 14, 2006

Connor Dennis Riley, a retired regional salesman, died Sunday in Friendly Nursing Home, Rochester, after a brief illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Riley graduated from Riverside High School.

From 1970 to 1985, he was a regional sales representative for Price Brothers Co. in Dayton, Ohio, which manufactured concrete pipes for water mains.

He retired in 1985 and moved to the Rochester area in 2002.

A World War II Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Riley was trained as a sniper and served in the Asia-Pacific Theater.

An avid horseman, he founded a group of riding buddies called the Tex Riley Gang.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Lucille Willems of Rochester; a daughter Karen R. Sullivan of Rochester; three sons, Michael D. of Cleveland, Patrick J. of Buffalo and Timothy J. of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Vincent J. of Phoenix; and 11 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore. Prayers will be said at 10 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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