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DAWSON, Riley Earl Jonathon

June 16, 1985 – Edmonton, Alberta
October 22, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

Riley Dawson of Calgary, Alberta passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the age of 31 years.

Riley passed peacefully in his sleep at home due to complications arising from a recent heart surgery. Riley cut a wide path through life and will be deeply missed by the many lives he touched. He had a life long love of music, his pets and cooking. He spent many years working in kitchens of various restaurants in Calgary, Vancouver and most recently in Medicine Hat. His greatest passion however was expressed through his love of and loyalty to family and friends. Riley had a fiery gaze but a heart of gold, and a gift of writing. Some lyrics he wrote recently are appropriate now.

Please don’t leave me
Please don’t go
My heart lay wasted
The thought of your sorrow

Let me hold you
Take your pain away
Crawl into your nightmare
Let you wake dreaming

Riley Dawson 2016

Riley leaves to mourn his mom and dad, Pat & Cora Dawson; sister Danielle; girlfriend Kari; his many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as countless friends.

Riley was predeceased by his grandparents; cousin Peter; aunt Judy; uncle Ernie and uncle Glen.

A Celebration of Riley’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E.) on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Riley Dawson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Cora and family,
    My heart aches for you as you go through this time of mourning. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all through this extremely sad and difficult time.
    Always thinking of you.
    Charmaine Noseworthy and family

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  2. My condolences for you and your family. I knew Riley from the cave days. .

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  3. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family, Kari, and his closest friends. I will miss Riley greatly, and cherish every memory I’ve had with him. I am truly grateful to have known such an amazing, generous soul.
    I hope you find the comfort and peace that you seek, and may Riley rest in peace.

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  4. Catherine kleysen

    Calderon Acres / Ted & Katie Kleysen & Tony Velychko

    We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our condolences.

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  5. How do I even begin to offer my deepest sympathy at the passing of Riley? The loss of him will mean a great, cavernous hole in the hearts of those who loved him. I am beyond thankful to have had him in my life as long as I did. He is truly a brother to my brother Winston and to me. He was there for me in a way no one else could be when I had particularly difficult problems in my life, and told it just like it was – of course. You could always trust that. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life, but I know how excited he was when I moved to Australia and that will be my comfort tomorrow. I hope that your best memories will bring you comfort tomorrow.

    Love you Riley.
    -Kimmers

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  6. Jesse and Katy Williams

    So sorry to hear of Riley’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Pat, Cora, Danielle and the family. All or love and sympathy.

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  7. Cora, I just learned of the passing of Riley. My prayers and condolences to yourself and your family for your loss. Riley was so young.

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