Hugh Alexander Riley

September 28, 1939September 14, 2021

Hugh Alexander Riley, 81 of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home in Salter’s Point on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Hugh was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 28, 1939, the son of Chapin Riley and Mary Alexander Riley. He attended Bancroft School and Worcester Academy in Worcester.

Hugh is survived by his brother, Samuel C. Riley and his wife, Kristie M. Furrow, of Westport, Massachusetts; his sister, Cynthia Fehsenfeld Parsons and her husband, I. Manning Parsons III, of Cockeysville, Maryland; and a niece, two nephews, three great-nieces, and five great-nephews. Hugh had a long, special friendship with Jane Martin and the Sykes family who included him in all their family events, as he was the Easter Bunny and Santa annually.

An artist of watercolor and oil paintings beginning in his teenage years, Hugh expressed his passion for boats, nature, and especially seascapes. Most recently he explored glass fusion translating the same subjects. He attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine. Besides his interest in art, Hugh was an avid sailor and had an interest in wooden sailboats. Hugh had a love of adventure and frequently visited his friend, Henry Tiffany, in Juneau, Alaska. He enthusiastically attended family camp offered by Camp Winona in Bridgton, Maine. Friends remember Hugh as warm, kind, and caring. Indeed, everyone who knew Hugh loved him.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Katie Moore, Hugh’s longtime caregiver and friend, and to MasterPeace Home Health Care of Mattapoisett, for their loving care. Services will be private. If you care to make a donation in Hugh’s memory, gifts may be sent to Bancroft School, 110 Shore Drive, Worcester MA 01605.

Arrangements are in the care of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748. To leave a note of condolence:


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Dan Proulx

September 27, 2021

Hugh was the official greeter at Winona Family Camp for me. He always made a point of asking me how Virginia Beach was (I moved there in 1941 and the population was not more than ten thousand - now it is about five hundred thousand). Hugh always loved the Winona bacon which was evident by his plate. He will certainly be missed.

Kent Howard

September 22, 2021

Hugh was such an enthusiastic, tried and true fan of Winona. His love of his time spent at Family Camp each summer was so obvious. I know he cherished each day spent with the families, staff and our host family, the Ordways, as much as I did. We were both a couple of former happy campers usually there without spouses or other family. Spending time around the young children and seeing them enjoying camp and hearing about their lives was such fun. His smile and congenial good nature was such a pleasant presence whenever we had occasion to meet and chat.

I remember specifically that he always made a point of thanking me for playing the piano for happy hour at the round house. I don't think he ever asked me to play a specific favorite song but he certainly enjoyed the music and singing. Yes, he was a very special personality who was easy to enjoy being around. I'll remember him fondly as I walk through the groves in future summers at Family Camp on Moose Pond. He's in good company with the likes of Uncle Al, Uncle Ken Gike, Uncle Phil and so many others who return in my memories whenever I'm there at camp.

Claire and Peter Howson

September 20, 2021

Our family of 7, sister, Cathy, nephew, Andrew, and our neighbors, the Voyacks, LOVED Hugh! We rarely all attended camp at the same time, but we all knew and enjoyed Hugh very much. Family Camp will not be the same without him. Hugh was a delight! He would inquire about each person and enjoy hearing the year's update. We loved having meals with him and learning new things he shared. We all were amazed by the stack of bacon he would eat for breakfast! We'd have a fire in the evening which he would attend and he always provided us with bags and bags of marshmallows! We always enjoyed listening to his stories of the past. He was so excited to be doing whatever he was doing. One of Pete's favorite memories is a sailing race: Pete and Luke vs. Hugh. Hugh won! We are all better for having known Hugh and will miss him very much.

Ford Elsaesser

September 17, 2021

Hugh was the rock of the extended Alexander family at Salters’ and when it came to family or Salters’ history had a mind like a steel trap. He was very close to our dear mother Martha who shared his love of the Point. We will all miss our dear cousin Hugh .

Winona Camps

September 17, 2021

Hugh attended Winona Camps as a young boy in the 1940s for a couple of summers, but his lasting connection to Winona came from attending Winona Family Camp for more than two decades. What a wonderful, unique character he was – smart, always kind, and ready with questions about your family and your life’s adventures. He enjoyed the Dining Hall buffet line almost as much as he enjoyed time with Winona friends, simply sitting in the white chairs overlooking Moose Pond.

He will be missed. (photo by Gina Proulx)

Scott Laurans

September 17, 2021

Hugh was a gentle and kind soul that will be so very much missed by the Laurans family. If one needed to remember a date from the past of a hurricane, a wedding or any event around our beloved Salters Point, one just had to ask Hugh who remembered everything important or not. A better neighbor we could not have, and we loved being able to wonder over his expansive property to visit and enjoy a summer breeze with him. The fall breeze will not be the same without Hugh to share it….. or maybe he will always be there.

Cynthia Walsh

September 17, 2021

What a gentle soul. Every year upon returning to Moose Pond, we would be greeted by Hugh. He was eager to hear about how all our family members were and the ongoings of the past year. He was smart, funny, and full of life.

Whitney Letellier

September 16, 2021

Our family got to know Hugh at Winona Family Camp. He was always so happy to be there. We shared several meals with him and it was a pleasure to talk with him. He will be missed!