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Loflin Funeral Home

212 W Swannanoa Ave, Liberty, NC

OBITUARY

Thomas James Riley

December 25, 1955July 17, 2019

Thomas “Tom” James Riley, 63, of Cary, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home.

The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date.

Tom was a devoted life partner, loving father, magnanimous host to friends and expert griller of steaks. Tom was a generous spirit, always wearing a smile and a positive attitude, and he never gave up. Tom had an accomplished career as an IT executive and traveled internationally extensively, flying over 2 million miles. His favorite cities were Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. He was a car enthusiast; an avid Formula 1 and Ferrari fan, who enjoyed detailing the family cars on the weekends. He loved music, especially the Beatles and was a DJ in his college years. He attended college at Sam Houston University in Houston, where he began his career, then lived in Dallas for many years before moving to North Carolina in 2010.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert Emmett Riley.

Tom is survived by his wife, Donna L. Gill; mother, Doris Jean Riley of Columbus, OH; daughter, Amber Nichole Morgan and husband Kelly of Dallas, TX; step-daughters, Karen Eddins of Raleigh, NC, Clara Grace of Cary, NC; sister, Karen Fuller and husband Tim of Columbus, OH; brother Robert Riley, Jr. of Seattle WA; former wife of 26 years and mother of his daughter, Renea Kren of Alto, NM.

Remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Riley Family.

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Barry Malyon

August 19, 2019

I met Tom 7 years ago when I started working with him. I truly enjoyed working with Tom. We very quickly became truly good friends that I valued very much. Tom and I would keep in touch regularly. Tom was a great guy, a true professional and caring person. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet Tom and be his friend…I miss our regular catch-ups.

Karen Fuller

July 30, 2019

Emily Fuller Opp

July 30, 2019

Uncle Tommy - I remember so many fun vacations when we were little with you, Aunt Renea, and Amber. I remember us all having fun in the pool in CT and on a hike in Maine. I will always remember your warm smile and kind voice -- you always made us feel welcome and loved when we were together. Although I didn't get to see you much later in life, those good memories are with me and with us all. I know you are smiling down at us all now with Grandpa by your side. We will miss you. Love - Emily

Donna, Amber, Grandma, Uncle Bobby, and Mom - I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Tommy was so lucky to have all of you in his life. I love seeing all of the memories shared on this site. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, but I know that Uncle Tommy had a better life here because you were with him. =)

Maria Psyhogios

July 29, 2019

I met Tom years ago while I was working at Peregrine. He was so kind and so thoughtful. He loved his work and loved to travel. Even though Tom and I lost frequent contact over the years, we stay connected and would say hello from time-to-time. I still can't believe he is gone...He will be missed!

Karen Fuller

July 25, 2019

Fun time together Tom, Dad and Bob.

Jessica Biggs

July 24, 2019

Uncle Tom, you're just 15 years older than me, when I would visit Grandma and Grandpa Riley as a very young girl you were still living at home as it was your high school/college years. You were always so fun, like the big brother I never had. How about you rushing me to the hospital after I was bit by a copperhead - my hero!!

As I aged, our relationship continued and you were kind enough to include me as a Jr. Bridesmaid when you married Renea, that was the first time I was in a wedding and I remember feeling so special to have been selected.

On another occasion you and Renea took me to an amusement park where we all dressed up in old fashioned clothes - I thought that was so cool!!

Years later you made a special trip to Ohio and attended my wedding, where your daughter Amber was the flower girl, we went full circle with the wedding thing!!

I have many fond memories, but I'll always remember your positive outlook, cheerful disposition and of course your happy eyes and big smile.

You'll be missed.
Love, Jess

tim fuller

July 24, 2019

Tom,

As you have faced life's greatest challenge these past 2 years, the quiet dignity and calm, the class, and most important of all the bravery you have shown have been an inspiration to those who care for and love you the most. No surprise though because these qualities reflect the kind of person you have always been. I'll never forget all the times Karen and I saw your Dad and Mom at different places around the country over the past 3 decades. Your Dad talked about you so much. He was always proud of you and all your accomplishments. And it wasn't just pride, he spoke with such joy and happiness about you. You're a lot like him!

Tom you gave Amber a wonderful life when she was growing up. You'll be an important part of who she is for her entire life. And Donna, what a special person she is and how much she cares for you. I'm glad the two of you have had the last several years together.

Now on a lighter note. Bob and Karen each can be entertaining in their own right. They better be "dynamite" together when they see you this weekend. I'm sure they will regale you with so many stories "growing up a Riley". The three of you will have fun!

Tom have a good weekend with Bob, Karen, and Donna! You're in my thoughts everyday.

Your brother-in-law,

Tim



Karen Fuller

July 24, 2019

Dear Tom, I recall one of the many visits I made to Houston, you were still in HS and Jessica was just a baby, We went to the pool every day, Jess had so much fun with you in the pool, you taught her to swim even though she wasn't even a year old, she learned to swim that summer ! Another visit and another hot Houston summer, Dad bought a Big Wheel for Jess to play with in the big driveway, you put her Big Wheel together, she raced up and down with you, sharing your love for car racing with her! One day Mom watched Jessica and we took off for the beach in Galveston, we bought a cooler and some beer and basked in the sun all afternoon! We had a great time but suffered dearly that evening with chills and pain from the bad sun burns we got! Coppertone with no sun screen in those days.
Love you Brother,
Karen

Jim Biggers

July 24, 2019

Uncle Tommy,

My favorite memory of you is when I came to visit you in Texas and you took me on a boat and taught me how to water ski with Renea. We had a blast and I remember thinking that you were so fun and very cool!! That is how I am choosing to remember you forever!! Thanks for the fun times and you will be missed!!

My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you!!

Your Nephew,
Jim Biggers

Karen Fuller

July 24, 2019

Tom, They say all good things must end some day , autumn leaves must fall. But don't you know that it hurts me so to say goodbye to you, I wish you didn't have to go, I will miss you so .
When the rain taps against my window pane , I will think of the summer days of our youth, laughing and playing together in the sun. I will think of you .
Love, Your Sister Karen

FROM THE FAMILY