John A. Riley

January 9, 1937 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

John Riley Obituary

John A. Riley, age 86 of Bethel, CT passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, September 9, 2023. He was the husband of Lillian W. (Hughes) Riley.

John was born in Boston, MA on January 9, 1937, son of the late James Francis and Alice Elizabeth (Murphy) Riley.

John was a loving husband and father, an electrical engineer with several patents and a self-taught carpenter, electrician and plumber.  He loved ballroom dancing, wine with family and friends, watching the birds in the backyard and all types of arts and crafts, particularly stained glass.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his brother William F. Riley, his daughter Joyce (Riley) Wegrzyn and her husband Scott Wegrzyn, and his granddaughter Claire Wegrzyn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Bethel, Friday, September 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Thursday September 14, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at

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Calling Hours
September 14, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bethel Funeral Home
215 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 06801

Mass of Christian Burial
September 15, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Church
26 Dodgingtown Rd.
Bethel, CT 06801

September 15, 2023

11:20 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
Route 53
Bethel, CT 06801


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