Former Burnley Grammar School head boy dies

Mr Allan Riley with his wife Greta (s)

Mr Allan Riley with his wife Greta (s)

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A former Burnley man and top civil engineer who was a keen and talented sportsman in his youth has died at the age of 85.

Mr Allan Riley died on Sunday, November 17th, at Redwalls Nursing Home near Northwich in Cheshire.

Allan Riley (s)

Allan Riley (s)

A former head boy at Burnley Grammar School, Mr Riley spent his working life in civil engineering, as a water engineer initially with the London firm of Binney, Deakin and Gourlay and later with local authorities and public corporations.

In 1960 Burnley’s water engineer retired and Mr Riley was appointed to take his place. He later moved to Cardiff and his final position was as director of operations for the North West Water Authority.

At school he was captain of the cricket and football teams and in his final year was chosen as head boy.

On leaving school Mr Riley was called up for National Service which he spent in the Royal Signals, and was stationed for much of his time in Egypt. After demobilisation he was able to resume his education taking a place at Pembroke College in Cambridge where he also continued his love of sport.

Following his retirement Mr Riley and his late wife Greta settled at Great Budworth in Cheshire. Illness forced him to live with one of his daughters and latterly Redwalls though he continued to take an interest in Burnley Football Club.

Mr Riley is survived by his son, three daughters and eight grandchildren.