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Memorable Manitobans: William Pitt “Bill” Riley (1934-1998)

Lawyer.

Born at Winnipeg in 1934, son of Richard Chamberlain Riley (1900-1952) and grandson of William Pitt Riley, he became a lawyer with the firm of McJannet Weinberg Rich, where he was known for his successful litigation in wrongful dismissal cases. He was made a Queen’s Counsel. He was married twice, on 24 March 1962 to Beverly Anne Zeavin with whom he had two daughters. He later married fellow lawyer Sylvia J. Guertin-Riley QC. He died in January 1998.

Sources:

“R. C. Riley, executive dies at 52,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1952, page 14.

“Social items,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1962, page 17.

[Advertisement, McJannet Weinberg Rich], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1987, page 67.

Obituary [Samuel Zeavin], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1991, page 38.

“They are gone, but not forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2015

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