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Memorable Manitobans: William Pitt “Bill” Riley (1934-1998)

Lawyer.

Born at Winnipeg in 1934, one of three children of Richard Chamberlain Riley (1900-1952) and grandson of William Pitt Riley, he became a lawyer with the firm of McJannet Weinberg Rich, where he was known for his successful litigation in wrongful dismissal cases. He was made a Queen’s Counsel. He was married twice, on 24 March 1962 to Beverly Anne Zeavin with whom he had two daughters. He later married fellow lawyer Sylvia J. Guertin-Riley QC. He died in January 1998.

Sources:

“R. C. Riley, executive dies at 52,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1952, page 14.

“Social items,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1962, page 17.

[Advertisement, McJannet Weinberg Rich], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1987, page 67.

Obituary [Samuel Zeavin], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1991, page 38.

“They are gone, but not forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

We thank Michael Nesbitt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2021

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