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William M. Riley, 68, a history buff who was the city's historian for many years, died Monday (Dec. 10, 1990) in Lockport Memorial Hospital.

Riley, of Grant Street, was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran.

He worked in the retail food business for 40 years and retired in 1985 as the supervisor of the Bells supermarket on South Transit Road.

A longtime volunteer worker for tourism and events centering on the State Barge Canal, he was instrumental in securing historic landmark designation for the canal locks. He was chairman of the Erie Canal Sesquicentennial Committee and was active with Historic Lockport, the Canal Museum and BARGE, an organization that promotes the Barge Canal.

He served on the board of directors of the Niagara County Historical Society, was a 15-year member of the county's Tourism Advisory Board and was active with the city's Tourism Board.

He served as president of the Pioneer Conservation Sportsmen of Niagara County and was a 25-year member of Niagara Lodge 375, F & AM. Active with the executive board of Lewiston Trail Council, Boy Scouts, he had served as public relations chairman.

He was honored recently with "Riley's Way" tourism signs to designate historic places in Lockport. He was a collector of Lockport artifacts, and his photographs of the area were published as postcards.

Surviving are his wife, Angela M. Fonzi Riley; two daughters, Marcia Wentland and Patricia A. Muscato, and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

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