RILEY, Reese (Douglas)
Doug was born in Port Alberni on January 31, 1936 and passed away suddenly from a heart attack on June 5, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mickey, his sons Kerry, Danny and Mitch and grandchildren Derek, Michayla, Brandon and Tasha; four great-grandchildren.
Doug started his work life with BC Tel until he was persuaded to try out as a deckhand on the pilot boat on a six month trial basis; he never looked back. He went on to acquire his captain’s ticket in 1965 and bought Riley’s Boat Services several years later. Along the way he also beach combed and ran a charter boat service to two oil rigs.
Doug’s love of sports was all encompassing, he actively participated in bowling, curling and umpiring. Fishing was another hobby and prompted him to buy an old house in Bamfield. This allowed him to service ships and to fish. In later years he was on several committees and joined the Masons.
As his health declined he gave up these pursuits and enjoyed cards, casinos and coffee clatches with the fellas. Doug loved a good joke and led life to the fullest. One might say that he did indeed “live the life of Riley”.
Doug’s wishes were that we keep things plain and simple. Cremation has taken place and there will be a family gathering at a later date. Flowers are graciously declined and if desired, donation can be made to the charity of choice.