Benjamin “Ben” Joseph Riley
Dear Friends and Family; It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our beloved Ben (Benjamin Joseph Riley). Ben left us on April 1, 2021. He was 55 years old.
In his 20’s Ben had been diagnosed with cerebral vascular malformations that had been with him since birth. His death has been a shock to us all. There was no warning or indication, he died peacefully in his sleep.
Ben was raised in Cranston, RI until he moved to Sarasota, Florida with his parents at the age of 13. Ben worked in the Florida restaurant industry from the time he was 14 years old until he retired 2 years ago. In his adult years, he worked as a manager for Hooters and Pinchers Crab Shack. Ben held a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Ben was the guy that everybody loves and he would love you right back. He was one of the sweetest most sentimental men you could ever meet. Ben was also wildly funny and a good sport. He loved all sports especially the UofF Gators. He was a man’s man and had a magnetic charm with females of all ages.
But, more than anything, Ben loved his family. He loved no one or nothing more than his sweet daughter Kaet Riley and his loving son and namesake Ben (Quinn) Riley. His children are the loves of his life and he always made sure they knew how much he loved them.
Ben is survived by his 2 children, 5 siblings, 7 nephews and nieces as well as several grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Audrey, and several Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. His eldest sibling Douglas Riley as well as one niece and one nephew also preceded him in passing.
Many hearts are broken. But, as his sister, I will always remember the way he made us all laugh and how he never had a harsh word for anyone. I believe he would want us all to remember him that way.
God bless you, Benny. We love you and will forever miss you.
No formal services are planned at this time.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.