OBITUARY

Riley K. Basford

June 2, 2005March 30, 2021
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Riley K. Basford, 15, of Potsdam, was called home to heaven on Tuesday March 30th.

Riley is survived by his parents and step parents, Mary & Elliott Rodee and Darren Basford & Melissa Marion. Along with his siblings Casey and Julia Basford, step siblings Sean (Taylor), Brandon, Liam, Amelia & Sarah Rodee, Emma, Connor, Nathan O’Geen, Miah Marion, niece Charleigh Rodee. Maternal grandparents Richard and Katherine Casey and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who were family.

Riley was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Kenneth and Sharon Basford, Great Uncles Pat Casey, Brian Casey, Lawrence Burkett, Mark Burkett, Eddie Burkett, Jimmy Burkett, Great Aunt Mary Stone and a cousin Johnathan Burkett.

Riley had an infectious smile. He loved to hunt deer, ducks and geese with his step brothers and good friends Tanner & Ryan. He enjoyed fishing and playing lacrosse and football. He participated in the Junior Carp tournaments for a few years and he looked forward to it every summer, especially Duffer’s cooking and camping with his buddy Devin. Riley could rock a mullet like no other and he had the most gorgeous curly hair for it. His love of hunting and being outdoors made him want to be a DEC officer like his Uncle Troy. He enjoyed collecting and boiling sap both at home and for the Agriculture club at school. Riley had a love for machines. He recently got his first job and bought his own snowmobile and loved riding it on the family farms.

As a young boy Riley wanted to do everything the big kids did like ride the 4 wheeler. He enjoyed playing in the sand box and helping his dad milk cows. He was always quick with a sarcastic comment and thoroughly enjoyed watching westerns with his Papa. Riley will be missed by all who knew him. He touched so many lives in his very short 15 years with us on earth. May he always be with us in our hearts.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Potsdam Central School Agricultural Club c/o Kimberly Hill at 29 Leroy St. Potsdam, NY 13676 or to the charity of one’s choice. Please join us for a Riley style Celebration of Life. Come as you are for informal calling hours on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 3-6pm with a memorial service to follow at 6pm and a balloon release immediately following. Everything will be held at The Stables at Windy Point @ 215 Sissonville Rd. Potsdam, NY. The service and balloon release will be live streamed on the Garner Funeral Service Facebook page starting approximately at 6pm. COVID guidelines must be followed. Arrangements are entrusted to the Garner Funeral Service and thoughts, memories and prayers can be shared @www.garnerfh.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Potsdam Central School Agricultural Club c/o Kimberly Hill
  • or to the charity of one's choice

Services

  • Private Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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  • Calling Hours

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Natasha L

April 8, 2021

I just read about your son and I’m so incredibly heartbroken for you all. What a beautiful baby boy. I’m so very sorry. Every parents worst nightmare. Praying for healing.

Carol Donnelly

April 7, 2021

We do not know your family but read of Riley’s passing. We want to send our love and support as you navigate a parent’s worst nightmare. We hope those who perpetrated this unforgivable nightmare is caught and prosecuted. We hope knowing so many others are praying for your family will help ease your grief in some small way. 🙏🙏

gina Hazen

April 6, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about Riley. He was in my sports study hall often in 8th grade. He stood out because he just had a spark! My condolences to his whole family.
gina Hazen

Ann Baxter

April 6, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences and thoughts and prayers to all Rielys family and friends at this most difficult time stay strong and know you have a beautiful angel watching over you Fly high RkB. AnnBaxter

Colleen D.

April 6, 2021

Although I did not know Riley or your amazing family personally, I read of his passing in the courageous story you shared and wanted to reach out in support. Our family is so sorry for your loss.

I am a mother to two girls; our eldest girl is 14 and also named Riley. My father is from Potsdam and our family (Morgans and Gilligans) are grateful for our Potsdam roots. We are heartbroken for what your family is enduring.

Sending love and support from Montana.

Liz P

April 6, 2021

I did not know Riley personally, but I wanted to send his family and friends my deepest condolences at the loss of this wonderful young man with so much potential. I am so sorry this happened. I will keep you close to my heart. Sending you love from Spain, Liz.

Michael Perry

April 6, 2021

My heart breaks for you all on the tragic loss of your loved one, Although I never had the pleasure to know Riley, I have known many of you for as long as I can remember. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time in your lives.

Lisa D.

April 6, 2021

I have never met your son Riley or your family. I am a mother to a 15 year old son. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, I watched my parents go through it. My brother was 16 when he passed. I really hope you find justice for Riley, I hope that some good can come out of this. I hope your voice spreads and others learn from your story. Again I'm so sorry for your loss.

Doug Pondt

April 6, 2021

May God bless and keep you and Riley close. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss.

Katie H

April 5, 2021

I did not personally know Riley, but I read your story. Thank you so much for sharing - it must have been so difficult to write. I believe though that shining a light on your beautiful Riley will help save another innocent child. I’ll keep you in my prayers that you find healing and also that this criminal is brought to justice.
- a mom sending love from Boston

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