Dr. Charles W. Riley died on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with his wife, Joan, sons Charles and David, and devoted pastor and friend at his side. He was 96.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A funeral service will be offered on Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m., at the Packanack Community Church, 120 Lake Drive, East Wayne.
Dr. Riley was born in New Brunswick on Dec. 3, 1920, to Charles H. and Charlotte B. Riley.
After graduating from high school and beginning his first year of college at Fairleigh Dickinson College, he was called to serve in World War II in the infantry, as a radio communications sergeant and forward observer in the European theater. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Michigan to study chemical engineering for a year. Changing his mind, he returned to FDU Dental School in Philadelphia. He then attended Temple University Dental School in Philadelphia. After completing dental school he entered into the dental intern program at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. After completing his internship, he returned to school at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for special studies in oral surgery and anesthesia after which he was given a three-year residency at Harlem Hospital in New York City.
He entered into the practice of oral/maxillofacial surgery in Montclair with Dr. Joseph Mudge and later took the practice as a solo practitioner. He ended his practice in 1991 after contracting an unexpected illness.
During his professional years in Montclair, Dr. Riley enjoyed many professional and personal affiliations. He was a professor of oral surgery for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson, until the dental school closed. He served as president of the Essex County Dental Society, was the first dentist to serve as president of the board of trustees of Montclair Community Hospital in Montclair, was a member of the Odontological Society of Essex County, served as head of the dental departments of both Montclair Community Hospital and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. He was a member of the Republican Party in Essex County and a member of the Montclair Rotary Club, and served as president of the Dunworkin Club of Montclair. Dr. Riley was a member in good standing at Glen Ridge Country Club and later the Montclair Golf Club.
He was a private pilot and owned his own aircraft. He loved hunting, in the U.S. as well as in Africa and Russia, and fishing in Alaska.
Dr. Riley was predeceased by his brother, J. Robert Riley. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his sons, Charles Riley and his wife, Michele; and Donald Riley and his wife, Lori; and David Riley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Andrew Riley, Alyssa Riley, Sarah Riley, Evan Riley, Jordan Riley, Brianna Riley and Selena Riley.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and online condolences, go to moriartyfh.com.