Gilligan “Jingle” Carter Riley
(Aug 6 th , 1963 – February 29 th , 2016)
Gilligan Carter Riley of the Kesnukwon Bay, better known as “Jingle” by his radio listeners passed away on February 29th, 2016 to injuries from a motor vehicle accident. Due to the harsh weather, emergency services were unable to reach him. He was alone at the time of his passing, the community mourns the loss of a local radio legend.
Jingle was born on August 6th, 1963 in Charlotte County. He was the son of Roger Gilligan Riley and Julianne Mary-Anne Malcolm Riley who both pre-deceased him. He and his mother moved to the then Bay Area after the passing of his father in 1980. He attended St. Patricks School for music in BC, before dropping out after his mother grew ill from pneumonia.
Jingle worked to provide for his mother by operating several oyster leases along the Kesnukwon bay, but gave up the business after her peaceful death in 83.
Locals will recall Jingle beginning his broadcasting career by playing music out of a cassette player he’d hot wired to his Chev. He’d travel hours out of town until he could catch a nearby signal, record what songs he could and meet the fisherman at the shore to serenade them with found tracks.
Since then, he became a pillar of the community, volunteering as a firefighter, grass cutter, snowplow driver and DJ for many years. He sat as co-chair of the Shellfish Festival Committee for nearly two decades, was elected Mayor in 97 and served until 08 when the office was abolished. All the while, he continued to operate the former Porthouse as a radio station and base of operations for his commitments to our town. He would take out the old Chev and cassettes for special community events and Sunday drives.
In 1987, he married Madison Beauvoir and in 88 they had one son, Curtis Malcolm Riley. Beauvoir died during child birth, but Jingle raised his son to be a strong man and accomplished radio host like himself.
Operating for many years as “Jingle and the Kid”, Jingle and his son Curt helped secure 93.1 The Splash FM, Kesnukwons’ first radio station, and currently the only privately owned station in the county.
He is succeeded by his son Curt, his former-assistant Gary Cooke and the spirit of the Kesnukwon Bay and The Porthouse radio station.
Known for his nautical analogies and signature catchphrase: his Will stated the following to be relayed to his neighbours and friends: “Don’t hold back the tears, they are the tides calling me out to sea. Steer your rudder with your heart, the stars are damn liars. Wahoo!”
Howard Trent, The Daily Gill.