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John Reilly

John F. Reilly

Wednesday, November 25th, 1931 - Thursday, February 27th, 2020
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John F. Reilly, 88, of Worcester, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday February 27, 2020 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester.

Born, raised, and educated in County Sligo, Ireland, John was the youngest of eight children born to the late Patrick and Elizabeth (Curneen) Reilly. At the age of 25, John emigrated to the US in 1956 and met the love of his life Sheila (Gallivan) Reilly 2 years later. Married in 1966, John and Sheila spent 53 years together and raised 4 children.

In August of 1992, John retired from the Commonwealth Gas Company after dedicating 36 years of his career.

He enjoyed playing handball and following Gaelic football (GAA) with his friends, but above all, John loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren; traveling to Florida, Cape Cod, and even back to his homeland several times. He was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division # 36 of Worcester, as well as a devoted member of Pioneer Total Abstinence League of the Sacred Heart.

In addition to his wife, Sheila, John is survived by three sons, Sean Reilly and his wife Dulce of Wilmington, NC, Kevin Reilly and his wife Sheri of Whitinsville, and Michael Reilly and his wife Kristen of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Sheila Bjorkman and her husband Craig of Auburn; eleven grandchildren, Aidan, Ella, and Ethan Reilly, Colleen, Nolan, and Megan Reilly, Emma, Owen, and Charlotte Reilly, and Jack and Erin Bjorkman; and many nieces and nephews, in both the United States and Ireland. John was predeceased by his parents and all his siblings, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and James Reilly, and Ellie Cullen, Bea Fallon, and Mae Hegarty.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with John’s family between 4:00 and 7:00 PM on Monday March 2, 2020 at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday March 3, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford Street North, Auburn, MA, followed by entombment at St. John’s Mausoleum, 260 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church General Fund, 194 Oxford Street North, Auburn, MA 01501 or to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division # 36, 19 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01602.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Saint Joseph's Church of Auburn
    189 Oxford Street North
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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  • Interment

    St. John's Cemetery & Mausoleum
    260 Cambridge Street
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Private Condolence

Michael Papandrea

Posted at 02:26pm
My sympathy to the Reilly family, my father Salvatore loved John, and i had the pleasure and privilege to spend time playing handball at the Y with him. Truly a loss.


Posted at 08:18pm
TO the Reilly Family my deepest condolences,I worked with John for many yrs.

Joseph Socha

Posted at 04:03pm
Dear Sheila and Family,my deepest condolences for the passing of John,I worked with John and Mike for many years and when John would open his lunch box the Irish bread you made was his favorite.I,m sorry that I won,t be there to pay respects.We spend the winter months in San Diego with Family. Sheila and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers Joe and Peg Socha

George Mahoney

Posted at 11:33am
Dear Sheila, Sean, Kevin, Michael, and Sheila,
I remember you all so well, ever faithful at Saint Joseph's, even in the worst of snowstorms, always with smiles, and the three boys always dependable altar servers. John and Sheila always warm and welcoming, and I even got in a handball game with John. Though we haven't seen each other in over 35 years, your loving presence is always with me as a shining light when I was a priest at Saint Joseph's. Be well and God bless you all.
George Mahoney
Englewood, Florida

Peggy Gallivan Corrigan

Posted at 03:07pm
To my sister , Sheila and children;
Sean, Kevin, Michael ,Sheila and their families.
Sincere sympathy on John’s passing.
May he sleep peacefully with the angels and the doves of Peace.
John was very proud of his wonderful family.
Sheila , ye were a great team with values based on your strong faith, never smoked or drank alcohol. Children , families and friends came first. Yer resilience and love shines in your beautiful children and grandchildren.
John had great compassion for Sophia when she visited hospital in Boston. Sophia loved going to Auntie Sheila’s and John’s where she knew she would be royally treated, despite John being sick himself. Nora stayed with ye for three years and it still is her second home. John snd Sheila got Sean’s first job at Woodmister.
Dinners and breakfasts were served to Irish and American friends and family. Numbers didn’t matter. Pancakes, Irish bacon and sausages were served every morning.
Thanks John for all you did quietly and humbly. Sheila was your backbone and your personal nurse for years.
John was always so grateful for that and knew he had a good wise Kerrywoman.
But I notice that Geevagh, Sligo is your portrait’s backdrop. Sligeach Abu !

“Ar dheis De go raibh a Anam”


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