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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Sanford Riley (1926-1955)


Born at Winnipeg, youngest son of Conrad S. Riley and Jean Isabel Culver, he was educated at St. John’s Ravenscourt School, the University of Manitoba, and McGill University, graduating with a mechanical engineering degree in 1948. He worked for the Dominion Engineering Works in Montreal for five years before returning to Winnipeg to become Director and General Manager of Dominion Bronze and Iron Company in June 1954. In 1950, he married Hope Meribeth Stobie of Belleville, Ontario. They had three children: Sanford Riley, Patrick Riley, and Nancy Riley. After his death, his widow married James E. Coyne. He died of cancer at his Winnipeg home, 241 Oxford Street, on 22 August 1955 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1955, page 21.

“R. S. Riley dies age 29”, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1955, page 30.

“The man who refused to go quietly” by Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 2010, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 July 2010

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