In Loving Memory of Richard "Riz" Risley

September 18, 1956
Sacramento, CA
April 14, 2020
New Haven, CT
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


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Richard Vincent Risley

Richard Vincent Risley “Riz” age 63 passed away suddenly on April 14th. He was born in Sacramento, CA on September 18, 1956 to the late George “Babe” Risley and the late Barbara Brown Horvath. He lived most of his life in Fairfield, CT, and he graduated from Andrew Warde high school in 1974. He was a talented roofer and ski instructor, as well as an amazing golfer. He is predeceased by his nephew Jimmy Paules. He loved spending time with Sprocket, Henry and the boys in the Big Buddy Club on the lake. He is survived by his three sisters, Cindi Putnick and her husband Michael of Shelton, Mimi Paules and her husband Jim of Shelton and Robin Howard and her husband Jim also from Shelton. He is also survived by eight nephews, Mikey and Jeffrey Putnick, Matthew, Derek, Adam, Packey and Brian Paules, and Connor Howard. He is also survived by two nieces, Kelly and Maggie Howard. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all services will be private. To offer an online condolence please visit

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11 Guestbook Entries for Richard “Riz” Risley

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this news. As is the case with many friends from years gone by, I had lost touch with Rich over the years. I will always remember his competitive spirit, whether it as on the softball field, golf course, or backyard horseshoes. My thoughts and prayers are with the family…. May He Rest in Peace

    Andy Paules

  2. My condolences. I do remember Richard’s golf talent but he could also pick at 3rd base for Turnpike Pet’s Tuesday night softball team. Rest In Peace.

  3. My condolences to the entire Risley Family.
    Fond memories of an old friend gone too soon.
    May he Rest In Peace with the Lord.
    John 14 : 2-3

  4. Dear Robin,
    We are so sorry to hear about your brother! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim, and the rest of your family during this very difficult time. May he rest in peace! Take care.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Alicia and David

  5. Rich was a pal. Hung out a lot, taught me to play golf. Hit him in the ankle bone with a 3 iron shot, he stood behind me after that
    Lots of time at the Naut and It’s beach house. Miss him

  6. My condolences to the Paules family.

    Richard was a lot of fun growing up on Tahmore and Lake Hills. There were some legendary stories and memories that we’ll never forget. So sad to hear the news. May he rest in peace. Our deepest condolences.

    D.J. Grauer

  7. The internet often carries awful news, and here’s an example. I am so sorry to hear about Rich and my condolences to his family. We hung out quite a bit in high school and had so many fun and crazy times…Cruising
    Easton, Devils Den, Sasco Beach Trampoline, The Duchess, and of course, The Naut. Rich was a great friend and they don’t make ’em like him anymore. I see some of my old friends here and it would be great to get in
    Larry Kelman
    Ventrua, CA

  8. My old buddy from Oldfield school. Remember
    hanging at the house on S Pine Creek, his dad the great ball player Babe, sisters Cindy and Mimi. Simpler times. RIP Riz