Milton R. “Dickie” Riley, Jr., 76, of New Britain, CT passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Hospital of Central CT @ New Britain General. He was born October 29, 1942 to the late Milton R. Sr and Vernay (Roach) Riley in Harlem, New York. On December 8, 1965 he married Evelyn Joyce Coleman in New Britain, CT. Milton retired as Detective from the City of New Britain Police Department after thirty-three years of service. One of his proudest moments as a Detective, in 1992 he attended the FBI Academy for training which furthered his career in law enforcement. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from New Britain Police Department, he was a Security Officer at King Phillips School in West Hartford, CT. for thirteen years. Milton enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and coaching little league baseball for many years, which had a huge impact on many youth in New Britain. One of his biggest enjoyment was singing with his Doo-Wop group, The Crown Imperials.
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Milton is survived by his wife Evelyn J. (Coleman) Riley, his three sons Rev. Brian K. Riley and his wife Jill, Duane S. Riley, and Deron M. Riley, his six grandchildren Holden Riley, Jazmin Riley, Jalen Riley, Devon Riley, Cayden Riley all of New Britain CT. and D’Mitric Davis of Windsor CT. one great-granddaughter Aria Riley, his brother Michael (Butch) Riley and his wife Judge Adele Riley of Trotwood, Ohio his sister Michelle (Candy) Stevens and her husband Earl of New Britain, CT, his sister-in-law Vira Riley of New Britain, CT, his aunts Dorothy Johnson of Miami, Fl., Madeline Roach of New York, NY as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Milton was predeceased his brother Gary V. Riley, his grandparents and in-laws. The Riley family would like to thank all of the Nurses in the Oncology Dept. and all of the Doctors from Starling Physicians who cared for Milton, along with, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and the VA Regional Office.
Homegoing Celebration for Milton will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane, New Britain, CT with the Rev. Samuel C. Blanks, Pastor, presiding. Burial with full military honors rendered by the United States Army will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill, CT. The American flag will be presented to Milton’s wife, Evelyn. Relatives and friends may call at Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church, Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Service of Comfort and Compassion provided by the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. To extend condolences to the Riley family or to share a memory of Milton, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM