Wayne “Riley” Coll

A photo of Wayne “Riley” Coll

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Wayne “Riley” Coll on January 3rd in his 68th year.  Born in Chatham, the son of the late Earl & Irene Coll.  Brother to Sandy Coll, Rick (Carol) Coll, Raymond Coll and Pattie (John) Spacil.  He was a wonderful uncle to many nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by his sisters Diane Coll and Debbie Marriott.  His demons are gone, and may he finally rest in peace.

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I was very saddened learning that Riley has passed away. I thought he had 9 lives, and well maybe he did! We shared many good laughs over the years, and I have a couple photo's if anyone is interested. Sincerely: Daniel H. Benn

Our condolences to the Coll family, May Riley Rest In Peace in Jesus arms.

I was saddened to read of Riley's passing. I remember him for his tireless work at the Blenheim Arena. It was a sad day when he was no longer an employee at the facility. He had a character that was one of a kind. When I worked in Chatham a few years ago, I ran into on the streets and we had a drink in Tim Horton's together and shared past stories of the good years. My condolences to the Coll family.

I’m stuck for words. Riley and I go back so far to the arena days. Then to the Blenheim hotel days where I had to keep him in line. He always had to fight his demons. Looking at his obituary at the end it’s mentioned that they are finally put to rest. Yes Riley had his demons. But if you really took the time to get to know him you learned he was a great guy inside. I had a lot of good times late at night at the Blenheim arena. Later in the early 2000’s I would run into him in Chatham. He would have to lock down his bike and we would go for lunch at bobby D’s. Then we eventually lost touch. All said deep inside he was a good person. Riley RIP. Enjoy your life and stop fighting and learn to enjoy.

I’m stuck for words. Riley and I go back so far to the arena days. Then to the Blenheim hotel days where I had to keep him in line. He always had to fight his demons. Looking at his obituary at the end it’s mentioned that they are finally put to rest. Yes Riley had his demons. But if you really took the time to get to know him you learned he was a great guy inside. I had a lot of good times late at night at the Blenheim arena. Later in the early 2000’s I would run into him in Chatham. He would have to lock down his bike and we would go for lunch at bobby D’s. Then we eventually lost touch. All said deep inside he was a good person. Riley RIP. Enjoy your life and stop fighting and learn to enjoy.

Dear Patty & Family - so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Our prayers are with you. Sincerely Kathy & Eddie

Riley was a kind, happy go lucky coworker at the Blenheim Areaa back many years ago. Deepest sympathy to the entire Coll family.

Patti and family, so sorry for your loss. I always respected Riley, he was always very nice to me. I gave Riley hundreds of rides over the years, and if he had a few pops in him he still treated me with respect . I took him snacks to the nursing home and he always had a smile He was a good hearted person.

Nettie and I are sorry to hear of Riley's passing Y0u the family are in our prayers that God will Comfort you all at this time. DANNY AND NETTIE

To the call 👪 it 💔 heart when Deb passed away now Wayne God the mightie father watch over the family keep my bro Wayne busy say hi to everyone Wayne mis everyone no more pain bro I will never get u family love your mark

Riley, the long blonde haired kid, who at 17 years of age, worked his way into a job with the Blenheim Parks and Arena. He was liked by all who met him and was an exceptionally hard worker. Everyone, it seemed in Blenheim, knew Riley. His life was not easy but it was still hard not to like him. Riley, you had many challenges but now, you can have some peace. We will remember your kindness, your wit, your jokes, the sparkle in your eye and your infectious laugh. We will speak of you often and remember you always! Dick and Norma

Rest in Peace Riley. You were always a good friend to me. My Condolances to his family at this time.

So sorry to hear of Riley's passing. My deepest condolences to the family and friends.

To Sandy, Rick, Raymond and Pattie: My condolences on the passing of Riley. When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone who worked harder. It seemed he was at the rink 20 hours a day. Later in years, whenever I saw Riley he was always friendly, funny and happy to talk and catch up. May he Rest In Peace.

I am going to miss you Riley but the Lord will take care of you are a very good friend I will never forget you and watch over you your good friend Rob Braun

My deepest condolences to all of the family. It’s difficult enough without having back-to-back losses. Sending prayers.

My condolences to you Sandy, RICK RAYMOND, Pattie, and your Coll family. GOODBYE Wayne RiILY from cousins Marion, John Delma Jennifer Ronald Coll we will miss you. Wayne. goodbye, cousin. Wayne was a good man. God bless. our condolence to the Coll family. goodbye cousin Wayne Rilly. I call you cousin Wayne from Delma and John Marion Coll's family. Jennifer and Ronald will miss you to be a good cousin. now rest in peace, Wayne. BIG HUG TO Sandy, RICK &CAROL, Raymond COLL, AND PATTIE &JOHN Spacil.

I am sorry to hear that he is gone. I have known him as a child and he was a great person my sympathy goes to his surviving family

I am very sorry for your loss Riley was a good man i didnt no him for long but i will never ever forget him and think of him often may he finally rest in peace. My deepest and most sincerest condolences

Rick,Raymond, Patty and Sandy Please accept our condolences in the loss of your brother. Wayne was a friend to many people. Despite his struggles he really did have a big heart. May you all find comfort with the fact that he is at peace now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Myra, Don and our family. God Bless!

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Riley is finally at peace. Lots of fun memories to look back onat the arena and the nursing home too. Remember those. ...

Our deepest condolences to the Coll family. May Riley rest in peace.

Prayers to the family . We will miss our dear friend

Prayers to the family . We will miss our fear friend

Rest in peace to our dear friend. You will be sadly missed

Sending condolences to the Coll families.

Really nice guy new him from chatham

Our condolences to all the Coll family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest easy Riley I will remember you

My condolences to the Coll family. R.I.P. Riley.

I’m sorry to hear of Riley’s passing. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Dear Pattie & Family. Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. Jean & Grover

My Deepest Condolences to the Coll Family at this time of loss of a Brother, He Fought a long battle and Now he Rest in the Arms of the Lord, R.I.P My friend 🙏 ❤️

My sincere condolences are sent.

I will forever recall Riley singing the song 'As the Deer' in its entirety whenever our paths crossed throughout the years. His favourite verse of this song was "You're my friend and You are my brother, even though You are a King. I love You more than any other, so much more than anything. " I have not the slightest doubt that Riley is now at peace and in the arms of his Heavenly King. May you Rest in Eternal Peace Riley. Sincere condolences to Wayne's family.

Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time…. To say Riley was a character is an understatement…. Always a Hi Bayly from him!

So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. Wayne was truly one of the best roller skaters I remember dashing around at the Blenheim arena many years ago. Later on in years I could always rely on Riley to assure me that he was keeping a close eye on my dad when they were in rooms side by side at the home… he was always good for some laughs and some stories of old Erieau where we both grew up. Deepest condolences to the entire family and may Wayne RIP…

So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.🙏

Rick and Carol and family sorry for the loss of your brother ... prayers to you and family

My deepest sympathy to the Coll family. Riley was a character for sure, with a big heart. Always stopped to chat when he saw me and would pop in the caddy to say hi. He will be missed ❤️

Thinking of you all.

We are sorry to hear of Rileys passing. He would come to our restaurant in McKays corners for a meal occasionally, and always had a few jokes to share with us Oh he could make us laugh!He was very fond of my dad{the Late Doug Smith of Ridgetown, Rec. director and arena manager}whom Riley always credited for getting him his job at the Blenheim arena. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you. Scott and Racheal Smith

My condolences to the Coll family. May he Rest In Peace.

Wayne loved to ice skate ! And was really good at it. One of the best skaters I knew. Lots of fun to be around.

R.I.P. RILE

Dear Friends, So sorry to learn of another family loss in recent months. Riley made many memories for me, and I valued his connection with me. May God strengthen you during these days, and give you His comfort. Pastor Bill Terris

Definitely looked forward to him coming around a making my day with a stream of belly laugh jokes. Rest easy Riley.

Condolences to Rielys family.May he rip.You had alot of uos and downs but no matter what day I seen u at bcv or in town we got along I was always willing to talk to u have a few laughs.Hi cowan whats up where u heading can I have a ride.etcYou had a heart of gold and one of a kind.. Fond memory i have of u is during cherry feast I went up to u so concerned cuz was a bad day.Only time u got upset at me. DONT worry about me cowan he pointed at my son which was holding my hand. Worry about him. God bless u buddy may u rip. Love u lesli xo

Wayne (Riley) was one of those ‘loveable rogues’, who battled this addiction to alcohol and consequent anger episodes. He and I shared the journey of life when I worked for The Salvation Army as well as my time as pastor of GDAC. In sobriety he was ‘childlike’ and always willing to help when he could. His time many years ago with Teen Challenge were for formational for him, and I loved to hear him pray. Trusting that even at the last, he has entered into his reward.

Rest in peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the coll family at this time. Sorry for your loss hugs

What can I say? I met Riley as a child always at the arena...and then ran into him as an adult. You could see he struggled but always would give the shirt off his back to help another. There was a good guy in there. Sometimes people get lost but in the end I hope he found peace that he was looking for.

Thinking of you all for the loss of your brother. Riley is now in the loving arms of his mom and dad.

Ahh Riley. So much to say about you. You will be missed. You battled every day. Some days you won,some days the demons won, but you never gave up. May you find everything you ever wanted in life now that you are free of the demons that hounded you.

Wayne and I shared many, many times together. He used to visit me at my office and at my home. It wasn’t uncommon for him to say that he would pray for me … or sing country gospel for me. We laughed about some of the not so good times as well when he introduced me around the Unit at SWDC where I was Chaplain. I once told him that I could see God weeping when I looked into his eyes. He hugged me and we wept together. May the Lord’s welcoming embrace be wide and long, drawing him in close. Rev. Bruce Cook

Thinking of you all. Rest In Peace , Riley. 💕

Sorry for your loss. May all your memories comfort you during g this difficult time

I am sorry for your loss Patti.

Our sincere condolences to the Coll Family , Riley I will miss the goofy grin of yours & our chit chats throughtout the day, You made me laugh & kept me on my toes at work. R,I,P Buddy.

Sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with yous.🙏

To all the Coll family... Hopefully you can find the peacefulness that Riley is now in a better place.. thinking of you all xoxo

Riley was always a friend. He will be missed by many

Rest kn Peace Rileh