Michael J Riola

January 21, 1936February 7, 2014
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Michael J. Riola, 78, of Toms River, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 7th in his home with his loving wife, Christine, by his side. How can you sum a man like Mike Riola up in two paragraphs? You can’t. Instead, you can only provide a small glimpse into his wonderful life. He served his country, was a professional dancer/instructor, opened several successful restaurants, and owned and operated his own construction company. Those who knew him, know about his witty sense of humor, infectious laughter, and honest generosity. He cried at mushy movies, cooked delicious meals, frequented Atlantic City’s blackjack tables, watched his Jets religiously, built crafty projects, and, above all, was a true family man. Mike loved the family gatherings he would host; seeing his whole family together made him the happiest, anyone could see it in his genuine smile. We have lost a truly pure and loving man, however, Michael J. Riola touched so many people’s lives that his memory will live on in all of us. He is survived by his wife, five children, one brother and six grandchildren. The Riola family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15th from 11-2 at Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Road, Toms River, NJ 08755. A Funeral Service will be offered at 2pm. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Special Olympics at Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014

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February 18, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the family. Always remember Almighty God is close to those crushed in spirit and broken at heart. May he provide you with the strength needed during this difficult time of your life.

Kay&Charlie Vanderhoof

February 16, 2014

Chris,Shannen,Michael,Sandy,Kenny and Mark
Charlie and I could not physically be with you all at what I hear was quite an uplifting celebration of Mike's life. Please know we were with you in spirit and in our prayers.

Patty Maselli

February 15, 2014

"He had blue eyes and a smile you couldn't forget"..Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You are all in my prayers. God Bless. Patty & Oliver, HCB

cj sorrento

February 15, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

February 14, 2014

mike you leave behind so many wonderful memories and your greatest accomplishment,, your children. I know your holding a royal flush as you look down upon us. you are missed. zig

jennifer benson

February 14, 2014

micheal was a big guy with a big personality and an even bigger heart. he will be missed by so many. i will always remember his bright smile, fun stories, great cooking, and how great he was with the kids. my sympathies go out to his wonderful family.

Gary DeMaria

February 13, 2014

I knew Mike practically my whole life. From his cousin Anita to Sub Base to Worldwide Heroes, back to the "Sub Pub", Burger King and the window and construction business. His might and mind with his entrepeneurship qualities will surely be missed and never replaced. He was such a successful man-always reinventing himself into success when life deals you a failure.I got to know Mike especially well when he started the Sub Pub business which was a huge success-people packed in and waiting lines outside. He would give away free food to grow the business and it worked-he had a quick and easy recipe for pigs in a blanket that I will never forget! Mike I was sad to hear the news but I am happy 'cos I know you are in a better place now. The last time I was with Mike was in Trenton NJ when I was trying to land him some window business on a landmark building. He was still the same, brightening up the room bringing my uncle Frank along to reconnect us. A finer human being you will never find. I will miss you Mike-always in my thoughts as an inspiration and role model.
Gary J. DeMaria

G. Freeman

February 12, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

February 12, 2014

My sincere condolences to the wife in family may the God of comfort be whit you and your family at this sad and difficult time. Draw closet to God and he will Draw close to you Jame 4:8