William “Billy” Edward Riley, Jr.
William Edward Riley Jr. passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fort Myers Florida on Saturday March 21st, 2020 at the age of 40. He was born April 5th, 1979 at Saint Margaret’s Hospital in Dorchester, MA to his Parents William and Eileen (Keaney) Riley.
He was raised in Weymouth Landing along with his two older and surviving Sisters, Lisa Riley of Bridgewater and Laura DeShiro of Weymouth Mass. Known to his friends and family here in Massachusetts as Billy. He attended Hunt Elementary School and graduated from Weymouth High School. Billy worked in the Concrete Industry both here in Mass. and in Florida. He operated as a Concrete Mixer Truck Driver and at the time of his passing he was employed by Cement Industries in Fort Myers, Florida. Billy was not married and had no children however; he was an Uncle to many Nieces and Nephews whom are currently missing his presence and loved him very much. Billy is also survived by his many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Second Cousins, friends and family here in mass. Billy’s family also included his more recently known loved ones in Florida he considered friends. In November 2019 Billy entered a home and community that allowed him access to pursue a clean and sober life. Billy entered in-to the care and guidance of Nextep Addiction and Recovery Residence in Fort Myers Florida for peer group and recovery support under the Direction of Andrea Raab. Billy’s sobriety started on 11/19/19 and he was committed to change. Since our brother’s passing, we have been comforted by the outpouring of wishes, support and remembrances shared by his Florida friends/family. Billy experienced a lifelong battle with addiction. At the time of his passing he was doing the best we had seen in a long time. He was working the program, had a job, a home and was providing encouragement, support and laughs to others in his program. By his Florida peeps he was referred to as “Boston Bill” and “Beantown Buddy”. Billy was a very sensitive soul whom cared deeply for others. He battled the demons of addiction with seeds that were planted in his garden long before he came to grow there.
Today our hopes are that he resides in the pastures of peace along with his parents Eileen and Bill – 07/09/2014 and 06/20/2019. It is our intentions that Billy will be transferred to Massachusetts and laid to rest at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery with his parents in West Roxbury at a later date to be determined.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.