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110 Division St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: 518-842-2810
Fax: 518-842-6952
Joseph Riley

Joseph Mythen Riley III

Tuesday, September 16th, 1952 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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Amsterdam – Joseph Mythen Riley III, 66, died at home Thursday evening, March 21, 2019.

Joe was born in Amsterdam, on September 16, 1952 to Joseph M. Riley Jr. and Mary Ann (Howlan) Riley.

He attended St. Mary’s Institute and graduated from Bishop Scully High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and a degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College.

Joe owned and operated the family moving business, Riley-Fulmont Van and Storage. He was also associated with his brothers as a funeral director at Riley Mortuary, Inc. and served as Montgomery County Coroner for 35 years. Joe’s passion for the sport of basketball led to a 40 year career as a well-respected high school official.

Joe was a parishioner and communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Amsterdam.

He was a member of the Irish American Club, Benevolent Protective Order Elks Lodge 101 and Knights of Columbus Council 209.

Joe married Karen (Murphy) Riley, at St. Mary’s Church on July 8, 1989, with whom he raised four children, Kathleen, Patrick, Dennis, and Anne.

Joe is survived by his wife and children; his mother, Mary Ann Riley; brothers, Frank, Patrick (Dawn), and Timothy (Lisa) and sister, MaryBeth (Riley) Musco.

He is also survived by his in-laws, G. Thomas and Jaqueline Murphy; brothers in-law, Packy (Melanie) and Pudge (Rachel) Murphy; sisters in-law, Colleen (Rob) Guarino, Kelly (Sean) Joyce, Connie (Tom) Geraghty, Casey (Owen) Murphy, Bridget (Carlos) Maroquin, Megan (Joe) Drapa; 35 nieces and nephews, cousins and many life-long friends including his caring friend, Christopher “Rufus” Leonetti.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 11:15 o'clock at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson, NY.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Mary’s Institute, 10 Kopernik Blvd. Amsterdam, NY 12010 or St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam, NY 12010.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Mary's Church
    156 East Main Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 | 11:15am
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 11:15am
    St. Mary's Church
    156 East Main Street
    AMSTERDAM, NY 12010
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    Rev. Jeffrey L'Arche, M.S.
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Main Street
    FORT JOHNSON, NY 12070
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Susan Morin Huniford

Posted at 06:48am
I’m sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I will remember him for his kindness, sense of humor and love for his family and community. Thinking of all of you.

Kathleen (Francisco) Rose

Posted at 09:30am
TO the entire Riley and Murphy families: My sincerest condolences to all of you. Joe was a great guy. Always took time to chat whenever I ran into him. Our parents were such good friends and I have such fond memories of our days at St. Marys.
In sympathy,

Jim Terwilliger

Posted at 07:00am
Our condolences to the Riley family. Joe will be greatly missed by all that new him. Great sense of humor and caring individual. I enjoyed not only knowing Joe but working for him. There was nothing like a challenging moving job that really brought out Joe's unique humor. Our deepest sympathy to the Riley family.
Jim Terwilliger and family.

Frank Maphia

Posted at 02:59pm
Dear Karen and family,

My sincere condolences to your and your family at this difficult time. One truly couldn't find a better man.

Frank Maphia and family

Tom Coughlin

Posted at 06:53am
Pat and family,
Sorry to hear of your loss.

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