John Joseph Reilly
April 10, 1926 – October 10, 2020
John Joseph Reilly, 94, of Yarmouthport, MA passed away peacefully at Liberty Commons in North Chatham, MA. He was the beloved of Ruth Finkelstein for 24 years.
John was born and raised in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, MA. He was brought up a strong Catholic by his late parents Lawrence and Oville (Marcil) Reilly. Before moving to the Cape in 1981, John lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY.
John is predeceased by his cherished wife of 36 years, Laura Winifred (Kaminski) Reilly (1990); his daughter Louise Reilly (2020) and his siblings Eileen, her husband William Kennedy, Lawrence Reilly, his wife June and Alice and her husband Charles Pugh. He is survived by his beloved daughter Philomena, her husband Brian Barboza; his brother Gerald Reilly, wife Frances and his sister Therese and her husband William Burke. He is also survived by his adored grandchildren Alexa Henault, Meagan Barboza, Breana Barboza and Brenden Barboza. John also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews as well as Ruth’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John was a proud US Navy WWII veteran, he served on the USS Kenneth M. Willett DE-354 and USS Mansfield DD-728, recipient of 5 WWII battle stars. John was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal with bronze star. After the war, he attended Bentley University in Waltham, MA where he received his degree in business. Through his sisters he met his wife Laura. John had a successful 45 year career as a financial analyst with General Motors Acceptance Corporation. John worked in GMAC’s Providence, RI office, and Boston, MA office before relocating in 1959 with his family to GMAC’s main headquarters in New York City. While in the city John and Laura loved going to Radio City Music Hall and dine out with the family and friends.
After the death of his wife Laura, John was fortunate to have a second chance at love with Ruth. They spent time on the Cape and winters in Florida every year until John was unable to travel. They loved to dine out and spend time with their family. They had a remarkable life together and a great love for each other.
John was a loving family man. He also loved Irish music, listened to the Clancy Brothers and enjoyed making up his own songs and jingles. He delighted in making up stories, one of his family’s favorites was the story of the straw bottom boat. He also wrote poetry and would entrance his children with his reading of The Raven during Halloween. John watched college and pro football and loved the Cape beaches where he’d take long walks. Above all else, he loved his family and was proud of each and every one of their accomplishments. He was a true hero and role model to all.
A committal service with US Navy military honors will take place 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd at Massachusetts National Cemetery on Connery Avenue in Bourne, MA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631 or alzheimerscapecod.org.
Committal Service with Military Honors
Friday, October 23, 2020
John Joseph Reilly
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