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Burling Riley

August 1st, 1932 - April 9th, 2023
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 It is with deep sorrow the family of Burling (Burl) Riley regret to announce her passing in Langley BC on April 9, 2023 at the age of 90 years.

Burl will be forever loved and dearly missed by her children; Jeffrey (Tina), Diane (Art) and Sheryl (Dave) who are left to carry on her memory along with 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burl was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Donald; and her eldest son Stuart.

Born in Fort William Ontario to Danish immigrants, she was incredibly proud of her Danish heritage. She moved with her family to Vancouver at the age of 12 where she remained until moving to Burnaby to raise her family where they remained for decades.

Burl's passion was truly her family and friends. Raised as an only child she was the sole keeper of not only her personal family history, but also held tight to the precious memories and funny anecdotes for multiple generations..There was nothing she enjoyed more than gatherings to listen to stories where she would commit every detail to memory, or to share her wonderful stories. Kindness was at the heart of everything Burl did, whether hosting wedding and baby showers, weekends at TeePee, Madeira Park, or opening her door to anyone that needed a friendly ear, she was both comforting and counselling without judgement. She made an impact on many lives, and her enduring connections showed just how special she was.

Her love of stories, humour and connecting with people coined the phrase for her family of "The Burl Report". She had the ability to relay the saddest of stories with incredible compassion and empathy, and the happiest news absolutely buzzing with excitement. No detail too small, every person recalled exactly as told; everyone's story was important. Everyone will miss those calls.

In lieu of a traditional memorial service, the family requests that you honor Burl by reaching out to family or friends, young or old and have a conversation, share some stories, make some memories and simply enjoy each other's company.

"Those we love can never be more than a thought away for as long as there's a memory, they're in our hearts to stay"


Pat and Sandi Wourms
April 20th, 2023

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Diane. Our thoughts are with you and Art at this sad time.

Nancy Lyman
April 20th, 2023

Memories are forever. Sounds like she lived a love filled life.
Love the idea to have others carry on traditions with story telling ๐Ÿ’•

Anton & Sonja Kary
April 20th, 2023

Diane & Art. So sorry for the loss of your mom, mom-in-law. Hugs from both of us.

Kelly Boechler
April 20th, 2023

Your mom was one of a kind! A lovely lady that enjoyed everything and everyone she met! Iโ€™ll always remember taking my 12 day newborn to Brigette s birthday party and Burl was there full of stories and cuddles for us all!
Itโ€™s sad to lose your parents, but the flip side is they are together again, and will continue their love story ๐Ÿ’•
Our hearts are with you and your family
Hugs to all๐Ÿ˜˜
Kelly & Dave

Cathy Seary
April 20th, 2023

Burl was an amazing mother in law and wise council to me . My mother passed away so when I had my first baby it was Burl who was right there, helping, advising and telling me like it was as only Burl could. Both she and Don were fantastic grandparents who were always there to lend a helping hand.
The last time we spoke I got to tell her all of the ways she impacted me and thank her for everything she and Don did for us.
I love you Burl, rest easy and give Don and Stu a big hug โค๏ธ

Michelle Radatzke
April 20th, 2023

Iโ€™m so sorry to hear of the passing of Auntie Burl. I was lucky enough to have her as my Godmom and I loved proudly telling everyone. ๐Ÿ˜Š. Her home and family were such a huge part of my early memories. I always remember her and my mom smiling and laughing. I remember her big cuddles, that smile that lit up a room and how much I loved our chats. She was an incredible woman. Her children such an attestment to that fact. I will forever be thankful that she was a part of my life. Especially when I so desperately needed it. She gave me such love and kindness that I will always treasure. She made me a part of who I am today. A part of me that I am proud of. Iโ€™ll miss her and will forever still proudly state that she was my Godmom. Much love and big hugs to the family. Michelle xo

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