Frederick Joseph Riley 
(1932-2021)

“Beloved Husband and Lifelong Advocate for Gay Rights”

Frederick Joseph Riley, 89 of Lowell, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Lowell General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Emile Edouard Dufour with whom he shared the past 35 years.

He was born in Lynn, MA on November 7, 1932 and was a son of the late Joseph Frederick Riley and the late Catherine (Ellard) Riley. He was raised in central Massachusetts where he attended the area schools. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country for a number of years before his honorable discharge. After his service, he attended Rhode Island School of Design on the GI Bill.

Fred was employed as an engineer at Raytheon for over 30 years before his retirement. He enjoyed art and was a member of the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell and was a supporter of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He also enjoyed antiquing and was a friend of Bill W. for over 35 years.

Fred was a lifelong advocate for gay rights and with his husband, was one of the first gay marriages in Massachusetts, married for the past 17 years. Together they co-founded Greater Lowell Equality Alliance. He was also a longtime member of the Boston Prime Timers.

In 2007, Fred and Emile were both interviewed for a front page article in the New York Times entitled “Aging and Gay and Facing Prejudice in Twilight.” Additionally, in 2015 they were the subject of a short documentary entitled Fred and Emile which was a co-production of Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures produced by Jerry Bisantz and Ann Garvin.

In addition to his beloved husband, Emile Edouard Dufour of Lowell, he is survived by his sons, Jay Riley of Hollywood, Florida, Paul Riley and his wife, Robin, of Fort Madison, Iowa and Brian Riley of Keokyk, Iowa. He is also survived by his former wife Virginia Riley of Fort Madison, Iowa.

He was also the father of the late Kevin Riley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852, and Whistler House, 243 Worthen St, Lowell, MA 01852.

In accordance with Fred’s wishes funeral services have been omitted. Arrangements by McDonough Funeral Home, (978) 458-6816, 14 Highland Street, Lowell, MA 01852. Please visit McDonoughFuneralHome.com to leave the family a message of condolence.

View the online memorial for Frederick Joseph Riley

Holiday Party, 1 PM, Saturday December 11th @ Club Café

Gentlemen,

As usual, there will be no meeting in December. The Holiday Party will be at Club Café on December 11th at 1 PM. Once again, the dinner is $30, although this time we ask that you pay at the door (card, cash, check) and RSVP to either contact@bostonpt.org or (617) 286-4440 before December 9th so we can give Club Café a headcount of everyone attending.

Do not forget to bring your vaccination card or a picture of it on your phone.

Please specify if you want/require a vegetarian option.

Club Café requests that you do not come excessively early. The meal will not be served before 1:30 PM and you will not be admitted to the back room until after paying at 1 PM.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday for the Holiday Party!

Thanksgiving dinner, 2 PM, Saturday November 20th @ Club Café

Gentlemen,

As usual, there will be no meeting in November. The Thanksgiving dinner will be at Club Café on November 20th at 2 PM.  As usual, the dinner is $30, although this time we ask that you pay at the door (card, cash, check) and RSVP to either contact@bostonpt.org or (617) 286-4440 before November 16th so we can give Club Café a headcount of everyone attending.

Do not forget to bring your vaccination card or a picture of it on your phone.

Please specify if you want/require a vegetarian option.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner!

Anniversary Party, Aug. 21, 2 PM @ Club Café

As usual, our anniversary party is the third Saturday in August and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Club Café will be hosting us in our regular meeting space.
  • CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
  • At this time, FULLY VACCINATED members or guests only. Per Club Café you will need your vaccination card or a photo of it.
  • RSVP by August 14, 2021 to the Office @ (617) 286-4440, or e-mail contact@bostonpt.org.
  • Tear Sheets and checks should be sent to Harry (see address on the Tear Sheet).
  • Food will be served at 2:30 PM.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. (617) 536-0966

Ogunquit Halloween Trip

The Boston Prime Timers will be visiting Ogunquit this year instead of Provincetown for Halloween, due to the large hike in room pricing. The Ogunquit trip will be Friday and Saturday Oct. 22-23, returning on Sunday Oct. 24th.

Friday night’s dinner will be at Jonathan’s, which we have reserved from 5-10 PM. Dinner seating at 6 PM. The meal will be $40/person, and your meal choices are: Lemon Baked Haddock, Chicken Piccata, Roast Loin of Pork or a vegetarian option (TBA). All meals include Jonathan’s starter salad (greens, cucumber, red onion, carrot, radish, tomato and house Italian vinaigrette), chef vegetable and mashed potatoes.

Restaurant: Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Ln, Ogunquit, ME 03907

1 PM June 17th Club Café Luncheon (RSVP Required)

  • Club Café is reserving private outdoor (weather permitting) and indoor dining space for Boston Prime Timers. Meeting space for regular meetings is not yet open so this will be a dining event only. A great start to reopening BPT events.
  • We will be ordering off the menu. Club Café is GENEROUSLY PROVIDING 20% DISCOUNT to BPT. You may access the menu here.
  • CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
  • At this time, FULLY VACCINATED members or guests only.
  • RSVP by June 10, 2021 to Michael Tobey @ (978) 745-8020, or e-mail mtobeymwt@yahoo.com.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. (617) 536-0966

1 PM Tuesday, May 11th MeetUp

Hello,

On our regular Monday night Google Meet sessions, there was a suggestion that we have a Meet Up on the Boston Common. Until we can meet again at regular meetings, this may be an OK safe event.

So, the proposal is to meet up on the Boston Common by the Band Stand around 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11th weather permitting meaning no rain and a temperature no less than 50 degrees. An alternative date will be sent out if needed.

No agenda, just a start in seeing each other once again. Join us, no drinks or food provided — bring your own whatever, carry in/ carry out, there are park benches all around the band stand but bring your own chair if you like.

If you drive, there is parking available at the Boston Common Garage right under the Bandstand. Or, MBTA stops on the Red Line (Park Street) and Green Line (Park or Boylston).

Since this is a public place, masks are required.

Please let others know if they don’t do email or just want to come along.

Stop by to say hello. chat, join up to go to lunch, whatever. If this works for you, great, and there will more safe similar events in other locations.

Hope to see you there.

Coley Kelly and other regulars on Monday BPT Google Meet sessions.

MA State of Emergency, no March meeting

Gentlemen,

In response to the declared State of Emergency for Massachusetts, we will be cancelling the Saturday meeting on the 21st (St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner) and the board meeting that would have been held before it. For those who have already paid, we can either void your check, refund you, or use the money towards a future event.

For now, the Tuesday (31st) dinner is still on and we will keep you posted.

Should you wish to read the Governor’s State of Emergency message, here it is.

Stay well, we look forward to seeing you next month!

34th AIDS Walk & Run Recap

Representing the Boston Prime Timers Walk Team, Helder Lemos and Coley Kelly joined more than 2,100 walkers, runners and volunteers that turned out for the 34th annual AIDS Walk & Run on Sunday, June 2nd. The Walk raised more than $520,000 to support the work of AIDS Action. An amazing success! Photos from the Walk are online on the AIDS Action Committee (AAC)’s Facebook page.

Thank you and congratulations to the 22 generous individual Boston Prime Timers, their supporters, and the BPT Board who raised $1,050 exceeding our goal of $1000.

A big thank you to our April BPT meeting speaker, Franc Castro, Development Director at the Fenway Community Health Center who supported the BPT’s Walk efforts and whose donation helped us to exceed our $1,000 goal. Thanks also to Jim McCloskey, who managed Prologue donations, and to our own David Clark for his technical assistance in this and so many other BPT’s efforts.

From the AAC webpage:

Proceeds from the Walk & Run will benefit AIDS Action’s public policy advocacy work, housing and legal services, prevention outreach and education, local and national advocacy, and health services for people struggling with substance misuse.

“Thank you to everyone who came out to walk, run, or volunteer, and to all of the individuals and sponsors whose donations made this year’s Walk such a success,” said Jane Powers, MSW, LICSW, Acting CEO of Fenway Health, AIDS Action’s parent organization. “Your support has helped Massachusetts make tremendous progress toward the goal of zero new HIV infections and serves as a model of HIV prevention and treatment across the country.”