William Nelson Riday

February 9, 1917 - September 25, 2008

02/09/1917 - 09/25/2008

Past Services

Friday September 26, 2008
2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions

Virginia Beach – William Nelson Riday, 91, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2008. Born in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late William and Inez Riday. He lived most of his life in the North Shore section of Norfolk before moving to the Atria of Virginia Beach in order to be closer to his grandson and his family. He was a graduate of Granby High School and attended Old Dominion University.

William retired as a restaurant equipment salesman. He loved tennis and was a previous Norfolk City Tennis Champion and had won numerous awards in the Senior Olympics. William proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years during WWII and later was a Commander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. His wife of 58 years Janet S. Riday and his daughter Eileen Riday Daniels both predeceased him.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his grandson, Adam Long and his wife Elizabeth of Virginia Beach; two great grandchildren, Connor and Peyton.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday in Forest Lawn Cemetery, September 26, 2008, with the Reverend Stephen Ratliff officiating. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Avenue Virginia Beach is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Les Friedman
8 years ago

Dear Family of Bill Riday,

I am a fellow past commander, with Bill, of Elizabeth River Power Squadron and remember him well and fondly.. Please accept my sincere sympathies on your loss and the hope that the memory of this gentle man will be a comfort to you all. His dedication to doing the right thing well was a high example for all of us.


Leslie H. Friedman

Lori Dempsey
8 years ago

So sorry to hear. I used to drive the van at Atria Sr. Living and often took Mr. Riday to his Dr. appointments. I had a great deal of respect for him. He was always very pleasant and kind even though I know he must have had a lot of pain. I never knew he was a tennis player or of his military background. He never talked to much about himself he was more interested in others. He was so proud of his nephew who often met us at the Drs. office and with good reason. His nephew took very good care of him – better than some sons take care of their fathers. It was truly an honor to be a brief part of their lives. Blessings! Lori Dempsey