Harmon Funeral Home



June 7, 1922January 5, 2021

Joseph B. Reilly, 98 Retired executive at the former New York Telephone Co. Joseph B. Reilly, age 98, a native of Staten Island and lifetime West Brighton resident, passed away on January 5, 2021. He was born to John and Mary (Cooney) Reilly on June 7, 1922. He graduated from Sacred Heart School, St. Peter's Boys High School, and attended Manhattan College. At St. Peter's and Manhattan College he played varsity baseball and basketball. During World War II he served in Europe with the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, participated in the D Day Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a Purple Heart. In 2015, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. He was an executive of the former New York Telephone Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1982. He was a life-long parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, a former trustee of the parish, a past president of the Youth Activities Council, past member of the parish council, past officer of the Holy Name Society, and past president of the parish ushers society. He is a member of the Staten Island chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and was instrumental in developing the Battle of the Bulge Memorial at Wolfes Pond Park. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen (LaCoy), his parents, brothers John, James, sister, Margaret Walsh, and grandson Neil. He is survived by six children: Joseph (Paula) of Chatham, NJ; Edward of Scarsdale, NY; Stephen of Staten Island; Thomas of Staten Island; Kathleen Newman (Gerard) of Summerville, SC; and James (Linda) of Shohola, PA. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Kelly Coller, Caitlin Bisulca, Timothy Newman, Ryan Reilly, Katie Golebiewski, Alanna Kersting, Christine Mahoney, Patrick Reilly, James Reilly, Matthew Reilly, Danielle Reilly, Kevin Reilly, Alexa Reilly. He was very proud of his 14 great grandchildren as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. The family will conduct a private service due to COVID 19 issues. In lieu of flowers, donations to Scaed Heart Church, or the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation are appreciated.

Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (347) 507-4208


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john grannis

January 9, 2021

patriarch of a fine family- would always see him at the patriotic parades on forest ave. (4th of July and Memorial Day). His was truly the greatest generation. RIP soldier. Condolences to the Reilly family.

Jimmy and Kathleen McBratney

January 9, 2021

From the day we moved to Oakland Avenue, we felt blessed to include Mr. Reilly among our many great neighbors. He was treated with such reverence and we always cherished a few moments of conversation where he would share a memory of our wonderful neighborhood. God Bless you Mr. Reilly, I hope you have St. Joseph pastry everyday in heaven!

Marty McGowan

January 7, 2021

Mr. Reilly
Thanks for being such a positive influence on my life .
I could go on and on about how you and your entire family
care about everyone that you come in contact with. I also know how you don't like attention drawn to just yourself .
You led by example, and I hope that I'm able to pass along some of your wisdom and kind guidance to my son.
Thanks again
Marty McGowan

Ray and Maureen Bednar

January 7, 2021

Our prayers are with the Riley family at this time of their loss.
Maureen and Ray Bednar

Charles Snyder

January 6, 2021

Rest in peace Joe I will never forget you . The greatest generation.Thank you for providing the freedom in which we live.

Charlie Snyder V.B.O.B.