Peter Herbert Riley of Pocasset, who had been a chef at the Town House Restaurant in Falmouth, a business owned by his parents for more than four decades, died July 24. He was 66.

The son of Herbert E. and Phyllis (Currier) Riley, he was raised in Falmouth, where he lived for most of his life. At the restaurant his family operated for 46 years, Mr. Riley helped to produce the meatloaf and clam chowder that were popular with the locals. When a storm in June 1988 knocked out the power for residents for an extended period, Mr. Riley served a hearty breakfast to many grateful customers waiting for their electricity to be restored. The Rileys drove their motor home to the back of the building and used its generator to power the eatery. His parents sold the restaurant on Main Street in 1994 and it became Liam Maguire's Restaurant & Pub.

Mr. Riley loved to cook and would later work at the Casino Wharf, The Picnic Box and the Dome restaurant before joining the staff at the Steamship Authority. He also established Beachside Painting.

As a youth he participated in golf and football, and was a member of the last class to graduate from Lawrence High School in Falmouth, in 1972.

He met Ananta T. Macedo at The Towne Tavern in Falmouth and the couple married in 1984 and raised three children, Alexandra, Rachael and Nicholas Riley.

Mr. Riley became an accomplished golfer who played in hundreds of tournaments throughout the area. He also excelled at foosball, pool and darts.

He enjoyed his later years with his partner, Stephanie L. Teller, and their five dogs and two birds.

In addition to his children, former wife, and Ms. Teller, he leaves his sister, Judith R. Dugas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, David C. Riley.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, July 30, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in  Falmouth.

A graveside service will be Friday, July 31, at 11 AM at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jones Road in Falmouth.

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