Thomas E. Riley Jr. - Slatersville

Thomas E. Riley Jr. - Slatersville

Thomas E. “Sonny” Riley Jr., 83, of Slatersville died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence.

He was the husband of the late Theresa (Gurka) Riley, whom he married May 30, 1950. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Thomas E. Riley Sr. and Ida (Brunette) Riley. He was raised in Harrisville.

Mr. Riley was a foreman at Edgecomb Steel for more than 30 years until his retirement and also had worked for Dumas Plumbing and Heating for 14 years. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.

Mr. Riley was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and was an alter server at funerals there. He was a member of the North Smithfield Senior Citizens and the VFW Post #6342.

He leaves three daughters, Peggy Provencal and her husband Bruce and Jane Gaucher and her husband Glen, all of Harrisville, and Patti Worath and her husband Frank of Denville, N.J.; eight grandchildren, Eric, Melissa, Nathan, Jason, Chris, Tina, Nick and Adam; nine great-grandchildren; and his companion, Helen Varin of Slatersville.

His funeral will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 9 a.m. from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Burial with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, P.O. Box 266, Slatersville, RI 02876 or to the Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.