Calgary Board of Education

Thomas B. Riley

Thomas B. Riley was a member of the Calgary Public School Board from 1921 to 1928, serving as chairman of the board for a period of three years. He also held the position of technical instructor at Western Canada High School from 1930 to 1933.

In 1933 Mr. Riley was elected City Commissioner and held that office until 1936. He was then employed by the City of Calgary in the various capasities, including city placement officer and housing registrar, until his retirement in 1947.

Mr. Riley came to calgary in 1902 from England where he was born in 1875. A machinist by trade, he was the oldest member of Local 357 of the International Association of Machinists. He was a member for 64 years.

Reading, music and gardening were Mr. Riley’s chief hobbies. He was a reader of the classics and his music library included Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Liszt.

Mr. Riley died in 1967 at the age of 92 years.

Thomas B. Riley School was built in 1967.