Vincent Joseph Riley

September 27, 1935 ~ July 26, 2021 (age 85)


Vincent Joseph (Vince) Riley died peacefully in Greensboro, North Carolina on July 26, 2021 at the age of 85. He was born to the late Vincent and Christine (Cameron) Riley on September 27, 1935 in Syracuse, NY.

Vince is survived by; his children from his first wife, Rita Robak, Sharon Alheit of Mexico, Tom (Dawn Bonetti) Riley of Clarkston, MI, & Monica Rounds of Auburn Hills, MI, his grandchildren; Eliana Riley, Daniel Riley, Nick Alheit, Andrea (David) Hopper, Brett Rounds and Brianna Rounds; his sisters Christine Barrett of Bridgeport, NY and Kate Riley of Syracuse, NY, and former wife, Sandra Smith of Broken Arrow, OK. He was preceded in death by his brothers; John Riley and Mark Riley, his son, Patrick Riley, and his long-time companion, Holmes Ramsay. In his final years, Vince was looked after by his devoted caretakers; Geraldine Peeden & Jane Johnson.

Vince graduated high school from Utica Catholic Academy. He took courses at Le Moyne College, UCLA, the University of Buffalo and later received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit.  He completed his Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics at Purdue University.

Vince had a distinguished career beginning as an engineer at Douglas Aircraft in California and later at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, NY, where he worked on a project for the Saturn rocket program. He then worked in several mid-management positions at Bendix Corp/Facet Enterprises in Detroit, before his promotion to the corporate executive team at Facet-Purolator in Tulsa. He later moved to Greensboro. Vince loved his work & his unique business acumen saw him assigned to “turn around” several of Facet’s operations in both the US and Europe, that allowed him to travel extensively.

Vince is best remembered for his generosity and support of the endeavors & enrichment of his family. He hosted multiple family reunions in Myrtle Beach, SC, which provided all with many indelible memories. He also enjoyed, playing piano, a cold Diet Pepsi, fudgsicles, relaxing on the beach or just an afternoon poolside chat with his buddies at the neighborhood pool.

The family will be having a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Authoracare Hospice services (

Cremation services entrusted to Triad Cremation and Funeral Service of Greensboro, NC. 

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