Peter Herbert Riley left a profound impact on the town of Falmouth in his 66 years of life. Born in Wareham on May 13, 1954 to Herbert and Phyllis Riley of Falmouth.
He was raised on Lantern Lane where he participated in golf and football, eventually becoming the last graduating class from Lawrence High School in 1972. The family owned Townhouse Restaurant was a fixture on Main Street for 46 years, where Pete worked alongside Phyllis and Herb to produce the legendary meatloaf and clam chowder that this town will forever remember. Always a free spirit, he enjoyed driving his canary yellow Datsun 240z or his Harley Davidson.
He was a loyal patron to the Towne Tavern where he met Ananta. They married in 1984 and later had Alexandra, Rachael, and Nicolas. He was an uncontended master of foosball, pool, and darts. Pete was also an accomplished golfer who played in hundreds of tournaments throughout the area. While playing golf with Pete, his teammates knew everyone else was playing for second. No one could drive a golf ball like Pete.
He loved to cook and passionately served his community at several local establishments including the Casino Wharf, the Picnic Box, and the Dome, eventually finding his second family at the Steamship Authority. During his time off from the ferry he established Beachside Painting, and in doing so he improved the lives of many on the Cape and Islands. He enjoyed his later years with his partner Stephanie and their lively household of five dogs and two birds. He joins his mother, father, and older brother David and is survived by his sister Judy.
Our dad raised us to navigate the world with humility and kindness to all. His lighthearted and often mischievous sense of humor will carry on through us for generations. No room could contain Pete’s laughter, and no one was ever a stranger. He was abundantly proud of who his three children came to be, and we will always be proud he is our father.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm on Thursday, July 30th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Friday, July 31st at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jones Road, Falmouth.