Joseph K. Riordan


Mr. Joseph K. Riordan of Huguenot, NY died Friday, October 29, 2021 at home with his family by his side.  He was 65.


He was born October 18, 1956 in New York, NY the son of the late Joseph Riordan and the late Teresa Mulvey Riordan


Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from1975-1980.


He married Rosemary Szescula 44 years ago on October 15, 1977 in Port Jervis, NY.


Joe worked as an independent operator of Riordan Distributors delivering Little Debbies, Freihofers and Thomas’s.


He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #471, Port Jervis, NY


A family statement read:  Joe started his career at Shop Rite as a night crew chief and with dedication and hard work he worked his way up to night manager. After mastering his abilities there he moved on to the Freihofer family where he was a route builder. He grew sales in all different areas and soon became the owner of his own distribution company where his sons worked for him. He taught them the way of the industry and for a while they both followed in his footsteps. He did not stop there however and went on to buy a store and revamp it making it into The Try R Deli. He owned and operated this store for many years. He taught his employees and family all he knew and was successful. Joe tried to teach and help others along the way in his life and was always saying "you know what it is" before he told them what it was.  His love and care was passed on to the many he taught and he will never be forgotten.


Surviving are:

His loving wife, Rosemary Riordan at home.

2 sons: Joseph Riordan and his wife Gretchen of Port Jervis, NY and Christopher Riordan and his wife Maria of Sparrow Bush, NY

2 brothers:Dennis Riordan and his wife Kathleen of Port Jervis, NY and Stephen Riordan and his wife Jerilyn of Port Jervis, NY.

1 Sister: Ann Marie Ponds and her husband Warren of Port Jervis, NY

6 Grandchildren: Anthony Thomas & wife Samantha, Thomas Vause & fiancé Jess, Kayley Cintron & Husband Jose, Ryleigh Riordan, Mackenzie Riordan & Scarlett Riordan.

2 Great Grandchildren: Gabriella Thomas and Elias Cintron

Sister-in-law: Geraldine Hallock and her husband Walter of Myrtle Beach, SC

Brother-in-law: Joe Szescula and his wife Jill of Port St. Lucie, FL.

Also several nieces and nephews

Predeceased by his nephew Sean Riordan


Visitation at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main Street Port Jervis on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 with a Mass of Resurrection at 10:00 AM in St. Mary's R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating.


Following cremation a burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY


Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Of Orange And Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550


Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 for additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit