Edward B. Reilly
Longtime Waterbury Educator
Mr. Edward B. Reilly, a resident of Thomaston, formerly of Waterbury, died Monday January 21, 2013 at the VITAS Innovation Hospice Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 14, 1926 in Waterbury, son of the late Bernard and Margaret (Bowes) Reilly.
Ed was a graduate of Crosby High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class. After returning home, the G.I. Bill of Rights afforded him the opportunity to enroll at Fairfield University and then receive a Bachelors degree as a member of its first graduating class. He later received a Masters Degree and 6th year’s certificate from that institution. He was an elementary school teacher in Waterbury for 35 years at Webster School and then as a working vice-principal at Bishop and Regan Schools. He was a member of the Elks Lodge # 265, the Waterbury Retired Teacher’s Association and Fairfield University Alumni Association.
He is survived by; his wonderful, supportive wife of 59 years, Marie T. (Sabia) Reilly; his sons, Dr. Kevin Reilly of Oxford, Michael Reilly, Thomas Reilly and his wife Tami of all of Torrington; and his daughter Susan Parent and her husband Joseph of Thomaston; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Virginia Wakeley and her husband Robert of La Jolla, CA, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Roberta and James Faroni of Boynton Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his brother Eugene Reilly and his wife Jane.
He was an inspiration to those that had the good fortune to know him. He loved golf, reading, writing poetry, telling jokes or a funny story and laughing harder at it than anyone else. He was a man of immeasurable kindness and good character and an incomparable role model for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends but will continue to live on in their hearts and minds.
Arrangements: Funeral Friday, 9:00 a.m. from Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for a Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Calling hours Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to: