It is with great sorrow to inform you that Stuart Donald Riley (Stu) passed away on February 8, 2022 at the age of 64.
Stu is survived by his children Tess (Kyle) and Shaun as well as his mother Burling Riley (Hansen), sisters Sheryl (Dave), Diane (Art) and brother Jeff (Tina). He was predeceased by his father Donald Riley.
Stuart was born in Vancouver in 1957 and grew up in North Burnaby. Stu’s outgoing, friendly and kind personality meant that he enjoyed the company of many close friends and stayed connected long after school years with many. Throughout his life, Stu supported many friends on their own journey in recovery and his loss will be felt by many who were lucky enough to cross his path.
Stuart had many passions and interests throughout his life which often included being in the great outdoors. He loved to go camping, hit the slopes skiing, hike, kayak, golf, and mountain bike. Stu spent many of his formative years during the summer with friends and family at Cultus Lake and Madeira Park whenever possible. In the winter, Stu escaped to Cypress Mountain often to ski and enjoy the fresh air. Golfing was a stress relief and a chance to catch up with friends on the green which Stu enjoyed frequently.
Stu spent the majority of his career in the heavy machinery and hydraulics industries. In later years his focus was sales which afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout the province and beyond. Stu thoroughly enjoyed meeting and interacting with numerous people on his journeys, many of whom became long-term customers and friends. He never felt his job was selling, but building great relationships. Stu delighted in the opportunity to catch up with his clients and customers on his visits.
Stu was not shy sharing about his children, who he loved tremendously and was so very proud of. Stu found joy in participating in their passions, from horseback riding with Tess to biking and hiking with Shaun. As his children grew up, he was always ready to help and provide support the best way he knew how.
A celebration of Stu’s life will be held in April, details will be shared via Social Media closer to the date. In lieu of flowers please consider making an in memoriam donation to your local KidSport chapter to help ensure children have the chance to experience sport and the outdoors the way Stuart loved to.