Earl S. Riley Jr. dies at age 78

BGE construction supervisor and veteran

September 05, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Earl S. Riley Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction supervisor, died Aug. 28 at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center in Havre de Grace from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

He was 78.

Mr. Riley was born in Baltimore and raised on the old Selsed Farm on Seminary Avenue in Lutherville, where his father managed the farm's dairy herd.

He attended Towson High School and enlisted in the Air Force, where he earned his General Educational Development diploma and was stationed as a fighter plane mechanic on Okinawa during the Korean War.

Mr. Riley joined BGE in 1960 and later supervised the company's installations at the Golden Ring and White Marsh malls. He retired in 1990.

The former longtime Timonium resident had been a member and past commander of the Towson American Legion and Parkton posts.

He also had served as commander of the American Legion's Baltimore County District and Northern Central District.

Mr. Riley was also responsible for re-establishing baseball programs at both the Towson and Parkton posts and coaching teams. He also had served as chairman of the Maryland State Legion Baseball tournaments.

Locally in Timonium, he was active in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council baseball leagues, where he managed Little League teams, and served as baseball director and equipment manager.

Mr. Riley was a member of Timonium United Methodist Church.

His wife of 53 years, the former Margaret Stewart, died in 2008.

Services were Friday.

Surviving are two sons, Stewart Riley of Bel Air and Steven Riley of Arnold; two daughters, Susan Riley Powers of Bel Air and Sharon Foley of Perry Hall; and 11 grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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