Donald A. Risley of Byram, N.J., dies at age 77


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Donald A. Risley of Byram, N.J., died peacefully in his home on Friday, April 12, 2019. He was 77.

Don was the son of the late Anne and George Risley and brother to the late Beverly Risley Boyce. He was born and raised in Jersey City. He graduated from Willian L. Dickinson High School in 1959.

Having spent his summers at his family’s house at Westcolang Lake, Pa., Don developed a lifelong love of fishing and outdoor sports. He graduated from Villanova University in 1963 where he played lacrosse; he was a dedicated Wildcats basketball fan.

After a brief career in insurance, Don transitioned into a 33-year teaching career. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Farleigh Dickinson University and spent most of his teaching career in the Lincoln Park school district.

Don and Mary Ann (Edmond), his wife of 47 years, lived in Byram for over 40 years. Don was a dedicated family man and coached his daughters’ softball teams in Byram. He was an active member of Christ Church in Newton, N.J., an avid fisherman of local streams and lakes, and a member of Top O’ New Jersey R/C Club.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann;, daughters, Kristen Kline and her husband, Brian, Laurie Bryan and her husband, William; grandchildren, Charlie and Sophie Kline, William and Patrick Bryan; niece, Melissa Boyce Monte and her husband, Greg; and great-niece and nephew, Anne and Jack Monte. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father-in-law and friend. He will be missed greatly.

Funeral services were held April 28 at Christ Church, Newton. Visitation was held April 27 at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Church, 62 Main St., Newton NJ 07860; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.



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