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Donald A. Risley
Donald A. Risley

March 10, 1942 - April 12, 2019
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey
Resided in Byram, New Jersey


Donald A. Risley, 77, of Byram, NJ, died peacefully in his home on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Don was born and raised in Jersey City. He graduated from Willian L. Dickinson High School in 1959. Having spent his summers at his family’s house at Westcolang Lake, PA, Don developed a lifelong love of fishing and outdoor sports. He graduated from Villanova University in 1963 where he played lacrosse; he was a dedicated Wildcats basketball fan.

After a brief career in insurance, Don transitioned into a thirty-three-year teaching career. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Farleigh Dickinson University and spent most of his teaching career in the Lincoln Park school district.
Don and Mary Ann (Edmond), his wife of 47 years, lived in Byram for over 40 years. Don was a dedicated family man and coached his daughters’ softball teams in Byram. He was an active member of Christ Church in Newton, an avid fisherman of local streams and lakes, and a member of Top O’ New Jersey R/C Club.

Don was the son of the late Anne and George Risley and brother to the late Beverly Risley Boyce. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann;, daughters, Kristen Kline and her husband, Brian, Laurie Bryan and her husband, William; grandchildren, Charlie and Sophie Kline, William and Patrick Bryan; niece, Melissa Boyce Monte and her husband, Greg; and great-niece and nephew, Anne and Jack Monte. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father-in-law and friend. He will be missed greatly.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Christ Church, 62 Main Street, Newton. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 3pm-6pm at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Christ Church, 62 Main Street, Newton NJ 07860 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Saturday, April 27, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Christ Church
62 Main Street
Newton, New Jersey 07860
Sunday, April 28, 2019
3:00 PM

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