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Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home

90 Weathersfield Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL

OBITUARY

Philip "Phil" Sheridan Reilly

July 27, 1953September 6, 2020
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On Sunday, September 6, 2020, Philip Sheridan Reilly, loving brother passed away at age 67. Phil was born on July 27, 1953 in Uniontown, PA to Daniel and Mary Kay (Hart) Reilly. He graduated from St. John’s High School in 1971 and later he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He moved to central Florida, established his own business as a General Contractor working in the Orlando, FL area for over 35 years.

Phil, or Flip as he was affectionately known to his close friends and relatives, had many hobbies. He loved to fish and tell his fish stories. For most of his life he had one or more beautiful aquariums. He was a skilled chess player who won far more often than he lost. He also loved playing golf, motorcycling, and any work that involved using his hands. Many of his family members were lucky recipients of his handmade creations. To say he was a diehard Steeler fan would be an understatement. Many times, he made the trek up to Heinz field to see his beloved Black and Gold. Phil was notorious for his big heart, routinely he would drop whatever he was doing to help a friend. He also had a soft spot for his pets, Toby, A.J., Scooter and Zoe were just some of his four-legged friends. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Phil was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Sr., mother, Mary Kay and his brothers, James and Thomas. He is survived by his brother Daniel Jr., his two sisters, Kathleen and Karen, his longtime companion Pamela Parker and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held on September 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Altamonte Springs, FL. Funeral Mass will be held on September 17, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Apopka, FL. Memorials should be made to St. Vincent College or the charity of your choice.

St. Vincent website https://www.stvincent.edu/alumni/supporting-saint-vincent/giving-opportunities OR St Vincent donation page: https://ssl.charityweb.net/stvincent/

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

Memories

Philip "Phil" Sheridan Reilly

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Ann Kuskowski

September 16, 2020

Dear Danny, Karen and Kathy -
I am so sorry that I can not be with you to help celebrate Flip's life. You all mean so much to me, you have always been my loving, bubbly cousins to the south and Flip was no different. I remember the summer he spent helping my dad build an addition on the farmhouse. Dad and Grandpa were Grumps 1 and 2, my brother Phil was.... well my brother so a "pain in the ass" ... but Flip was the good-looking one. I remember all my girlfriends coming over to just stare at the handsome contractor. Even as he got older, and added a few scars, it only made him look more like a swashbuckler. Although distance kept us from being in touch with all of you as much as I'd like, I will miss him terribly. Just knowing there are Reillys somewhere out there, probably causing trouble, makes the world a better place. Please give each other a hug from me, and I look forward to a time, hopefully soon, when I can laugh with you all again. Much love, Ann

Marg Skomra

September 16, 2020

All of our family are deeply saddened by our loss of Flip. We have shared so many good times with him since his youth in Uniontown. Flip shared his wonderful giving spirit, kindness, and love. We remember his part in the St. John's senior play when he sang in Brigadoon. All of the family attended and we were so proud. One day in summer when Dolores was helping me watch all six Reilly kids, dirty from playing, we took them to the parking lot and hosed them off. I'll never forget the day that the "Florida crew" drove up to the house on Gallatin Avenue and told Dan and Katy "you are moving to Florida!" In two days, they were packed up and moved south. They spent many happy years there, surrounded by their family.
I am keeping all of you in my prayers, Love Aunt Marg

Philip Skomra

September 15, 2020

I am very saddened to hear the news about Phil’s passing. My condolences to the Reilly family—Kathy, Karen, and Danny and to their extended family. Phil always had an easy smile, a somewhat mischievous twinkle in his eye and, most of all, a wicked sense of humor. Early on in my life, I got to work with Phil doing remodeling work. I value and use that experience to this day. There was never a dull day on those jobs and you worked hard but Phil always made the work light and, believe it or not, fun. Some of the best jobs were when Phil would hire his brothers as part of the crew. I remember working with Jimmy Pat (“JP”) and Phil remodeling Uncle Tom Reilly’s kitchen in Perry, NY. As a young adult I was thrilled to get to work with Phil and JP. I think we had a lot of fun on that job to say the least. So much so that I’m still a little surprised that the job came in on time and on budget. (Although Uncle Tom might argue he lost money feeding us! ;-)) There was also the time that Phil and I delivered a white Ford station wagon from Perry, NY to Uniontown, PA via State College, PA. (I think we stopped to see Tommy or JP or, possibly, both…) I believe that over your lifetime there are moments created by a time and a place that, for better or worse, form a quintessential memory of that time. Riding along in that car talking with Phil with the windows rolled down and the summer air blowing by is one of those great quintessential life memories of a time and place for me. So I remember some great times with Phil and I was always grateful that Phil never treated me like the young kid/adult that I was. Instead he would talk with me on his level and that always made me happy and a bit nervous at the same time. That was Phil as I remember him—easy-going, fun-loving, unassuming, and hard working. Again, I’m saddened that Phil is gone but thankful for so many great memories of him—he was a great guy who is gone way to soon and he will be deeply missed by those that knew him.

meg mcdaniel

September 12, 2020

Dear Karen, Kathy & Danny,

So sorry to hear about Phil's passing. Such sad news. I'll always remember him working w/ dad and Phil plus Grandpa Skomra and Uncle Rich Kaz on the farmhouse addition (and all the other home improvement projects). Thank god he was there. I think he mediated between dad & grandpa more than he ever actually had to swing a hammer.

I also heard stories from Uncle Tom when he and the other Reilly brothers went to Perry for the summer for some home improvement project. Apparently, according to Tom, the work crew drank him out of house and home and was MIA by noon every day. Not sure of the exact details, I am sure that Tom's version isn't completely correct but I'm also sure Uncle Tom would be happy to fill you in.

My own personal memory is when I visited him in Fla w/ a college friend in the late 80's or early '90's. He made a huge fuss over us (always the host) and served us cocktails out of his very fancy and very locked liquor cabinet. When Tom & JP showed up, Phil told them they could have the beer in the fridge and he hid the keys to the cabinet. ;-)

So sorry I can't be there with you. Phil was a good man with a kind heart and he will be missed. Hoping fond memories of Phil will bring you peace and healing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

with love
Meg (Skomra) McDaniel (one of the twins)

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