Dear Lynne and the entire Riley Family,
We at Summers and Smith Cooling & Heating are profoundly saddened to hear that our friend and fellow team member Steve “Bulldog” Riley as we referred to him as; has temporarily departed us. Steve brought to our family and staff a level of quality and professionalism that will not be matched anytime soon. His wisdom, skill and knowledge of the HVAC industry was sharpened and honed by his many years at Superior Propane.
One of Steve’s strongest assets he brought and shared with Summers and Smith was his mastery of sheet metal and ductwork taught to him by his late friend, Fred Spragg.
Steve certainly brought a smile and cheerfulness to every job site and a no nonsense rule over quality and safety. He took extreme pride in his work and only put his gas ticket number onto jobs that met his high level of standards.
Never afraid to take on any job, and always willing to stay late or go the extra mile for a customer, friend or fellow employee.
There was no question of Steve’s love and loyalty of baseball and his fondness of summer evenings umpiring Newmarket youth baseball.
The only other thing that Steve talked relentlessly about was his two children Brad and Erin.
Steve was extremely proud of their achievements and accepted nothing less than 100% effort, respect of others and manners to be on point.
Lynne was truly Steve’s balance point, fulcrum and safety net. If it weren’t for Lynne, Steve would eat until there was nothing left for anyone else. Lynne worked tirelessly patching Steve up from his endless cuts, bangs and bruises due to his own “Bulldog” mentality to complete every job on time, and in budget for the company.
Steve, you have earned your rest, and completed all your tasks. We solemnly thank you for your service and know you are preparing a comfortable warm home for us all upon our arrival.
Till we meet again “Smiley Riley”
Peace and love from the S&S family.
I didn't know Steve (and you) for very long - just while Steve was enrolled with my wife June in the Rock Steady Boxing class for Parkinson's patients at Niagara falls. We enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and appreciated Steve's sense of sarcastic wit!
Incidentally, Steve's attendance at class was better than yours as you were often absent while having a tooth replaced! And I think that he thought that he was a bit better driver than you were!
Steve stayed with us for a few evenings while you were attending a class in Welland, and we noted that he was particularly fond of the TV show "Still Standing"!
My condolences Lynne. Here's hoping that in your future life you'll be as happy as you were with Steve.
Tom (and I'm sure June would agree if she were still here.)
Thinking of and praying for all the family. Erin, my dear friend for many years, was emcee at my wedding. Her willingness to give, love and listen all come from the great love she received. I remember years ago playing a horseshoes tournament and Steve was very much loving the game, and also enjoyed having everyone around. A fun memory in my heart forever. Much love.
Erin - my heart aches for you and your family. Praying that God carries you and that you feel his strength and love. Sending big hugs and lots of love.
Erin, you and your family will be on our hearts and in our prayers daily as you grieve the loss of your dear father.