Donald F. O'Reilly

November 14, 1930May 31, 2018

Donald O'Reilly was a very brave, kind, caring and giving man.

He was a Navy medic veteran (stateside) during the Korean conflict. He later graduated NYU receiving his PHD in teaching where he then went on to teach students of various age groups. He loved history most of all. He had published many articles in various newspapers and magazines as well as 1 book. He was a devoted husband and loving father who never gave up on anyone, students and family alike. On July 12, 1999 he lost the love of his life and wife to an 18 month battle with lung cancer. Unfortunately he had found out only in April of this year, he had stage 4 advanced colon cancer. He tried to fight it the best he could and on Thursday May 31st 2018 at 7am at the age of 87 he lost his fight. He was loved by all whom ever met and spent time with him. To say otherwise was to say you didn't know him. He leaves behind his son James and his 5 grandchildren. Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-8pm. Funeral and final disposition is private. Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914)965-5488



  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018


  • Final Disposition will be private.

Donald F. O'Reilly

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July 8, 2018

My father was the kindest, most giving, caring, and honest men I've ever had the honor of meeting in my life. I'd like to.correct something previously said about I was mistaken previously. He was not stateside during the Korean conflict he was actually deployed and stationed on a battleship of the coast of Korea. Knowing that makes me feel even more honored that he was my father. I wouldn't be the man I am today if he wasnt a part of me and my life. I will never forget you dad and I'll always love you. Your memories and lessons you taught me in life will never be forgotten. You are with God now and watching over me. I hope that I make you proud.

Justin O'Reilly

June 5, 2018

My grandfather was one of the greatest men I ever knew. He taught me so much that has helped me throughout my life, and I am forever in his debt. His passing has affected me a lot, but I know that he wouldn't want me to be depressed and sit around. He was always there when I needed someone to talk to, and the things he told me help me to this day. I hope to honor his memory by moving forward and aspiring to make sure I do the right thing, as it's what he would want.

Melissa Hannigan

June 4, 2018

Donald O'Reilly was my son Justin grandfather I always called him grandpa he was the most wonderful grandfather to my son Justin I couldn't have asked for anything more he was the most gifted and intelligent people I have ever met I used to enjoy all the stories he used to tell me about all the places he and his wife Jackie had visited. He was kind and giving and we will miss him so much but I know he is at peace with his beautiful wife Jackie sleep in peace grandpa we will see each other again.