Nelson E. Riding

December 27, 1938February 15, 2011

Nelson E. Riding age 72, of Dartmouth, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 while with dear friends on vacation in Naples, Fl. after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Pauline (Vogado) Riding with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Albert and Jeannette (Gosselin) Riding of New Bedford. He was a graduate of the Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. Nelson served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1962 and would proudly tell his stories of traveling the Mediterranean aboard CLG-7 USS Springfield, Flagship of the U. S. Sixth Fleet. He will be remembered in the Town of Dartmouth as Mr. Riding, the Color Guard Advisor of the Dartmouth High School Marching Band from 1972-2003. Red Riding retired in 1997 as a LNG operator for NSTAR. After his retirement, he and his wife opened their doors to dozens of foster children.

Surviving his loving wife Pauline Vogado Riding of Dartmouth, son David Vogado Riding and his girlfriend Leslie Anne Scheideler of Brookline, MA., sister in law Dolores Sousa of Dartmouth. 3 generations of Nephews and Nieces: Joseph V. and Mary Ann Sousa of Dartmouth and their 4 children and families, Joseph and Fiance’ Vera, Paul, his wife Pam and their 2 children Audrey and Amy, Christine and Cathleen. David V. and Jan Sousa of Hebron, CT. and their 2 children Jessica and Mark. John V. and Conee Sousa of Dartmouth and their 2 children, Lindsey and Jay. Mary Carol (Sousa) and John Cate of Dartmouth and their 2 children Matthew and Christopher. Rosemary (Sousa) and Michael Gill of Dartmouth and their 2 children, Thomas and Sarah, and June (Sousa) Barbosa and her 2 children, Nicole and Carly and their father Gary Barboza. Brother in law of the late Joseph Sousa of Dartmouth. In addition to his family, he also leaves behind Reilynn and Reinaldo Jr., two dear little friends who called him their Boo.

His funeral will be held on Tues. Feb. 22, 2011 at 8AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth followed by a funeral mass at 9AM in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth. Visiting hours Mon. 5-8PM. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery, New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Nelson E. Riding Memorial Fund c/o Citizens Bank 606 Dartmouth St. South Dartmouth, MA. 02748 to benefit Dartmouth School Music Program and NBCCC Foster Care Enrichment Fund.


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 21, 2011

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

  • Burial

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Nelson E. Riding

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Lynne (D'Arruda) Galipeau

February 26, 2011

To the Riding Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I had the pleasure having Mr. Riding as our advisor in the Dartmouth Colorguard (graduated 1988). He was always so warm, friendly and helpful. I often thought of him years beyond graduation and how he spent his own precious time helping and guiding so many of us. His legacy will live on and I hope this provides you some comfort.

Cheri Riggs

February 23, 2011

My deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Maureen Hemingway

February 21, 2011

Pauline ... I am truly sorry for your loss ... you have always been an inspiration ... such a loving couple ... my heart and prayers are with you .

Maureen Hemingway

Dan & Mary Abreu

February 21, 2011

Our sincere condolences to Pauline, and David Riding,and to the Riding and Sousa families. I have known Pauline my entire life and Nelson since I was 10. He was always a positive and upbeat force of nature, and always kept positive thoughts and a never say quit attitude during all the years fighting his horrible illness. It was a gift to know him, and always a pleasure to see him. He has joined my father and Joe Sousa in the task of watching over all of us from above. Be strong and together for each other.

With Sorrow,

Jo-Ann Morris-Grime

February 21, 2011

So sorry for your loss, Mr. Riding was a wonderful person and a great teacher. He was very patient and always had a smile for us.


February 20, 2011