IN MEMORIAM: Cynthia Riley

by Jane Ahrens

Cynthia J. Estabrooks Riley of Buckfield, Maine died at Central Maine Medical Center on Friday, September 28, 2018, following a brief, but valiant, struggle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband of nearly 25 years, Edward J. Riley, her father, James Estabrooks and step-mother Ann O’Neil Estabrooks and several cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Joan Syphers Estabrooks.

Cynthia was born in Cheshire, Connecticut on June 7, 1958, and was graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Political Science. In Cheshire, she formed Office Mates, a company that paired executives with corporations.

In New York, Cynthia chaired the Board of Commissioners of the Fishers Island Waste Management District and was most proud of her work directing local theater. It was on Fishers Island that she fell in love and married Ed. They bought a log cabin in Maine and moved there permanently in 2011. Cynthia was the Youth and Family Pastor at the First Congregational Church of South Paris, Maine. She also was the Teen Librarian at the Norway Memorial Library.

A memorial service [was] held Saturday, October 6 at the First Congregational Church of South Paris.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

October 2018

A gathering to remember beloved former Islander Cynthia Riley will take place on Sunday, December 2 at 5:15 pm at Union Chapel on Fishers Island, NY. A reception at the church will follow. All are welcome.

While Cynthia loved flowers, the immediate family requests that donations be made to the Minister’s Fund of the First Congregational Church, 17 East Main Street, South Paris, Maine 04281 in lieu of floral tributes.

First Congregational Church
17 East Main Street
South Paris, ME 04281
Phone: 207-743-2437

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