Chipman Funeral Home Ltd.

RILEY, Hugh G. – Fredericton, NB


We are sad to announce the passing of our dear father Hugh Geoffery Riley on May 11th, 2019 at the Fredericton Veterans Health Unit. Papa was dearly loved by so many and will be sorely missed. The patriarch of our entire Riley clan at almost 104, he leaves a huge void. Papa was predeceased by his dear Bunnie (Gladys Hancox) Riley, his wife of nearly 54 years.

Dad leaves behind his children, Sharon – his daughter, companion and caregiver the last several years, Denice (Rod Copp), Garth (Monique) and Judy (Dennis Melanson), his precious grandchildren, Jeremy (Miranda), Corey (Jenna), Geoffery (Sherilyn), Dustin and Alicia, his many dear great-grandchildren, and a special young woman Bianca Langille. He will be dearly missed by his brother Pat Riley and sister Mary Lewis, sisters-in-law, Louise Steward and Mary Hancox, as well as his many nieces, nephews and all the greats.  Family and friends of the heart meant everything to papa.

Special thanks to the caring and compassionate folk at the Priestman Unit, who were a constant source of comfort and support to not only Papa, but to our entire family. They made it a beautiful and loving second home.

Following Papa’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no visitation. We will gather for a celebration of Papa’s life on May, 25, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Hope City Church, Fredericton, N.B., when all the family can be present.  Love and gratitude and reaching for your dreams are the legacy he leaves.  In lieu of flowers, donations in papa’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through

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J Lockyer
J Lockyer

On behalf of all members of the 8th Canadian Hussars, I wish to extend to Hugh’s family our deepest condolences on the passing of one of us – Hugh Riley
Hugh was 103 years old. He and his brother G251 Cpl Jack Riley joined the 8th Hussars on the same day in 1940 and both served in the Regiment for the entire war. At the time of his passing, Hugh was the oldest surviving war-time member of the Regiment.
All of us will miss him.

Jim Lockyer
James E. Lockyer, O.N.B., C.D., Q.C
Honorary Colonel
8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s)
Regi Patriaeque Fidelis

Carman Teakles
Carman Teakles

I was sad to hear of Hugh’s passing. Years ago I had the privilege of having Hugh make me a custom firearm. It is still my favorite rifle. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.