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Robert Delmer Riley
April 19, 1952 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Robert Delmer Riley passed away November 30, 2023 at the age of 71 years. He was born to Ben and Ann Riley of the Wilson Lake area and that is where he lived his life. The youngest child with four older sisters he quickly learned the way to the shop and the ways of the shop where he was taught all his father knew of mechanics and farming. He attended Wilson Lake and Sonningdale schools (under protest) until he was 15 when Dad was injured in a tractor accident. He then became the bread winner and later bought out the farm. Over the years he made improvements to the farm by clearing and breaking land and adding a new house as well.
In 1990 he married Gwen Anderson and became a father to her son, Aaron. They lived on the farm until he moved to long term care in Biggar in March of 2023 due to ill health.
In the 80's he became interested in stock car racing and spent many weekends chasing cars around the track. He served two years as councillor for the R.M. Of Glenside. He liked to fish and hunt. He also liked a good game of cards and visiting with the neighbours, who described him as a fun loving go-getter whose most prominent characteristic was his selfless giving nature and one who will leave a big hole in the community.
Delmer is survived by his wife Gwen: son Aaron (Jill), Dylan; sisters Ethel Liska; Tim (Karen); Marc; and Arla (Jim) Liska; Mildred Fast; Aaron (Kathy); Barry (Jodi); and Carmen (Larry) Krawec; and June Riley, John (Narrissa); and Heather Slater; sisters-in-law Sharon (Byron) Hallgrimson; Jean (Albert) Gibbard; nieces Katy and Sarah; nephews Jerry (Heather) and Lee; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his youngest sister Carolyn, and brothers-in-law Tony Liska, George Fast and Al Harluk; and brother-in-law Robert Murdoch.
A Celebration of Delmer's life will be held Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 11:00AM at Gerein Funeral Service (118 2nd Avenue East, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0).
Tributes may be directed to a charity of your choice.