Richard J. Wiley, 65, a leader in the Pine Avenue Business Association and the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, died Monday (Dec. 29, 1997) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a short illness.
Wiley, of 23rd Street, retired early from the former Union Carbide and Carbon Co. so he could operate his own business, the Pine Dairy on Pine Avenue, for the last 14 years.
During that time he became a recognized leader in the two business groups.
Born in Altoona, Pa., he moved to Niagara Falls in 1952 after his graduation from high school in Clearfield, Pa.
Wiley served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
He was discharged with the rank of sergeant and then served in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1961.
He was awarded the Good Conduct and National Defense Service medals.
Shortly after arriving in Niagara Falls, he was employed at Elderfield's Hardware Store. He worked for 30 years in the payroll department of Union Carbide, retiring in 1986.
He had been a member of the Pine Avenue Business Association since 1984 and had served as its treasurer as well as on the board of directors and executive board of directors.
He headed many of the association's events, and his company was recognized in 1988 by the association and by the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business of the Year.
Wiley was secretary/treasurer and loan officer of the Greater Niagara Credit Union.
He was the official parade marshal and organizer for the first seven years of the Festival of Lights Electric Parade and was involved in community service with the Chamber of Commerce and the Home School Associations of Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Stanislaus Kostka School and Niagara Catholic High School.
He also volunteered for the United Way.
Wiley is survived by his wife, the former Helen Zawislak; a son, Richard J. Jr.; two daughters, Mary C. Lashway of Cowlesville and Judy A.; a brother, Clarence of Greenville, Pa.; two sisters, Lucille Suddarth of Vandalia, Mo., and Edith Laskowski; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, 2437 Niagara St., following prayers at 9 in the Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th St. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston.