Manitobans lost another community leader on May 6, 2018 when J. Derek Riley passed away just shy of his 96th birthday. Inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 as an Athlete in Rowing, Riley was also a prominent businessman and philanthropist and a major reason why we have the Museum Gallery that we have today. Riley competed in the 1952 Olympic Games held in Helsinki, Finland and the new boathouse at the Winnipeg Rowing Club is named in his honour. He also won a World Masters rowing title in 1985 and did not hang up his oars until he was 75-years-old. He was also a member of the Order of Canada and an Honourary Doctor of Law at his alma mater, the University of Manitoba. Riley counted his Hall of Fame induction amongst his greatest honours.
For more on J. Derek Riley's athletic career, please visit his page on our Hall of Fame Database.