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Updated: 04/18/2014 08:00:01AM

William Christopher O’Riley

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William Christopher O’Riley, 85, of North Port, Fla., died Monday, April 14, 2014.

He was born May 7, 1928, in Watertown, N.Y., and came to North Port from Alexandria, Va., in 1997.

William was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He commanded the police department in Lake George, N.Y., before joining the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1957 as a special agent, retiring in 1983. William was then employed at the headquarters of MSM Security Services Inc. in Maryland until 1997, and then its investigative representative in Southwest Florida until 2009.

He held memberships in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8203, American Legion Post 254, AMVETS Post 312 and the National Association of Retired NCIS Special Agents; and he was a notary public. William was a dual citizen of the Republic of Ireland. His interests were genealogy, bridge, collectibles and swing music.

William is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia Parrott O’Riley; daughter, Catherine Mary O’Riley of Grass Valley, Calif.; son, Christopher Neal O’Riley of Boulder, Colo.; three sisters, Mary Therese Scully of Milford, Conn., Grace Elaine Noble of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Sharon Rose O’Riley of Warsaw, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law, Alice O’Riley of Clearwater, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Edward O’Riley and Mabel Corbett O’Riley; and by three younger brothers, Richard, Neal and Bernard.

There are no services planned at this time. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. To send condolences, please visit

Arrangements are by Farley Funeral Home, North Port.

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