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To the Riley Family my heart is heavy Norman was a mentor , teacher Father , Mother and best friend he believed in me and my abilities more than I did and showed me the world of music and drama. You will be missed

Posted by: Troy Strother - Charleston, SC - Friend   May 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to Norman's Family & Friends.

Clearly Norman is BELOVED.

There is no one that I have met like Norman, and I am still in disbelief at his passing.

There are no words, or not enough words, to express the emotional hurricane in my brain and I am no wordmaster like you Norman.

I believe you now, as Tina sings, "Sit Upon Your Throne". It's been one of the many earworms stuck in my head from your music.


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Posted by: Amanda Wood - New Milford, CT - Friend   May 10, 2021

Norman was exceptional in every way. A true renaissance man with a thoughtful mind and open heart. Accomplished writer, poet, performer, musician and teacher. His discourse spanned the gamut from the arts to politics and social issues, offering insight and wisdom on each topic such that I saw life from a different perspective every time we spoke. A consummate professional at BEI and with the any number of musicians and bands he worked with. He loved the music.

I am grateful

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Posted by: Cheryl Pierce - New York, NY - Friend   May 10, 2021

Norman you will be missed dearly. Rest in peace. Regina

Posted by: Regina Smith - Danbury, CT - friend   May 10, 2021

To Susan and Family... I send my most sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Norman. I will always remember him as a good, honest, and talented person. Having grown up around Norman and you in Danbury/Newtown I have the pleasure of many wonderful memories we shared together at Harambee and beyond. I am certain Norman is at peace and in the presence of Mrs Riley, your mother. She was a great woman too.

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Posted by: Woodie Brandon - Derwood, MD - friend   May 10, 2021

Brother Norman, you will be missed dearly. What joy you brought to The Bill S. Curtis Harambee Youth Center. It was a blessing to have known you. R.I.P.

Posted by: Julie Barnes - Danbury - friend   May 10, 2021

I met Norman over 30 years ago at New Federal Theatre. He is one of the most talented Writer/Director/Technicians I've ever known! And thats why he was always working. His ability to make you feel like a Queen just by talking to you and encouraging you to hone your craft. He gave me so many tips on my writing... ALWAYS had kind words. I was fortunate to have run into him shortly after his last trip to Europe. We bumped

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Posted by: Akua Henderson-Brown - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   May 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family of Brother Norman Riley. May peace be upon his external soul. I will not forget him.

Posted by: Ralph Chance - New York, NY - Friend   May 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to Susan, Mark and the entire Riley family, as well as Tina and the countless people who were among Norman's circle of friends. My heart and spirit are broken with Norman's departure, but I am so grateful to have traveled such an amazing journey over the past nearly 30 years that included this remarkable and talented man. My first encounter with Norman was in the early '90s outside a Harry Belafonte rehearsal hall. Over the years, we

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Posted by: Karen Wos - Woodland Park, NJ - Friend   May 09, 2021

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by: Heyward McCarley - Danbury - friend   May 09, 2021