Emmett Gerald Riordon


EMMETT RIORDON, 69, of Edmonton, on April 5, 2019 after a prolonged, courageous and very private battle against cancer. Survived by brothers Redmond of Bathurst NB, Ken (Margaret) of Banff AB, sister Gert (David) of Toronto ON and two much-loved nieces, Kate of Halifax NS and Sarah of Victoria BC.

At an early age, Emmett left his birthplace of Bathurst and pursued his way west, working in the mining industry in Sudbury ON and Matagami QC, before finding immense satisfaction in BC’s logging industry, working as a boatman and head boom man. He eventually moved to Edmonton where he took up security employment and found even more satisfaction in cultivating a wide circle of friends.

Emmett marched to his own drummer, although always being careful to let his personal generosity and loyalty to family and friends guide his way. He was a sympathetic listener and a delightful raconteur. He loved both his Edmonton Public Library (the Jasper Place Branch where he had many valued friends) and his sports, his quiet times and his group convivialities. His sense of humour was unrestrained.

Emmett was supremely happy in the company of his family of friends at Brewster’s Brew Pub in Edmonton’s Meadowlark Shopping Centre, where he was much loved and highly respected, and where he was most comfortable giving free rein to his humour and his gregariousness. Those traits will have now entered the local folklore and will be a warm reminder of his presence there. A celebration of Emmett’s life will be held at Brewsters, beginning at 5 pm on Friday, May 10. Another celebration will be held in Bathurst NB, at a later date.

Emmett lived a colourful life in which he demonstrated most successfully that he was the captain of his own ship. He will be intensely missed by all who knew and loved him–and they are many. In addition to thanking the above-mentioned friends for being so significant a part of Emmett’s life, the family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Al Neilsen for his generosity to and support of Emmett and his family.

Cremation has taken place. If desired, donations in Emmett’s memory may be made to the Edmonton Public Library or a charity of your choice.

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