B. Daniel Riley, two-term state del­e­gate

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — As­so­ci­ated Press and The Bal­ti­more Sun

For­mer state Del. B. Daniel Riley, who served two terms in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates, has died. He was 70.

Wayne Debree, a cousin of Mr. Riley’s wife, Linda, said he died Wed­nes­day evening. No cause of death was given.

Mr. Riley was a Demo­crat who rep­re­sented Har­ford County’s Dis­trict 34 from 1999 to 2003, then served an­other term from 2007 to 2011 for por­tions of Ce­cil and Har­ford coun­ties. He lived in Edge­wood.

His dis­trict in­cluded Jop­pa­towne, Edge­wood, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Abing­don and parts of Bel Air.

He worked as a sev­enth-grade so­cial stud­ies teacher at Mag­no­lia Mid­dle School in Joppa.

Mr. Riley also served on a cit­i­zens ad­vi­sory com­mis­sion formed in 1993 to ex­plore al­ter­na­tive meth­ods for dis­pos­ing of mus­tard gas at Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground.

An ar­ti­cle in The Bal­ti­more Sun af­ter Mr. Riley’s elec­tion in 1998 de­tailed how his “rusty, 1951 Ford pickup hauled the Edge­wood civic ac­tivist down miles of county roads” dur­ing the cam­paign.

“I re­mem­ber knock­ing on one door, and a kid came out,” Mr. Riley re­called in The Sun ar­ti­cle. “I in­tro­duced my­self, and when he went to tell his par­ents, I heard his dad say, ‘Does he have his truck with him?’ ... The truck turned out to be a great way for peo­ple to iden­tify me.

“But you could be stand­ing out here in a clown suit, and if you didn’t know the is­sues, peo­ple weren’t go­ing to vote for you,” he said. Mr. Riley was born in Lon­don shortly af­ter World War II, weigh­ing just 3 pounds, 5 ounces. He said he was not ex­pected to sur­vive.

“My mother lived in an area that had been heav­ily bombed, and I was born un­der­nour­ished,” he told The Sun.

The ar­ti­cle said his mother and step­fa­ther moved to Har­ford County in 1965, and Mr. Riley “came to en­joy the rolling hills and peace­ful­ness of life in Har­ford. In 1973, he mar­ried, and he and his wife, Linda, set­tled into a house just out­side the gates of the [Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground’s] Edge­wood fa­cil­ity.”

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the McCo­mas Fu­neral Home in Abing­don, 1317 Cokes­bury Road, ac­cord­ing to the fu­neral home web­site.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, Anna.

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