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    2008-04-15 Worcester Firefighter James J. Reilly Retired

    Reilly, James J.


    James J. Reilly of Auburn died peacefully on Tuesday, April 15th. He died shortly after enjoying a walk with his wife of 51 years, Mary J. (O'Donoghue) Reilly, on a beautiful spring afternoon.

    He leaves 3 sons, Patrick J. Reilly of Sutton and wife Kazia, James F. Reilly of Auburn, David P. Reilly of Dudley and wife Nina; 2 daughters, Kathleen M. Gilmore and husband Brian of Leicester and Maureen T. Milchak and husband Mark of Latrobe, PA; eight grandchildren, Sean Gilmore, Michael & Erin Reilly, Amanda Charland, Marissa & Mallory Milchak and Lauren & Ashley Reilly, will miss their "Pa". He also leaves a brother, John Reilly of Worcester and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Michael and Patrick and sisters, Ellie Cullen, Bea Fallon and Mae Hegarty.

    Mr. Reilly was born in Co. Sligo, Ireland, the son of Patrick and Elizabeth (Curneen) Reilly and came to this country in 1949. He served his country with the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired Worcester Firefighter and protected the neighborhoods of Vernon Hill from the Providence Street Fire Station on both Engine 12 and Ladder 5 during his career. The hobby he loved was raising and training Beagles. His hunting dogs competed in field trials throughout New England and won numerous awards. In his younger days, he could be found playing handball at Green Hill Park. He was a member of Saint Joseph's Church. He will be greatly missed.

    Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday April 21st from 4-8 PM in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St., Auburn. His funeral will be held on Tuesday from the funeral home with a Mass celebrated at 10 AM in Saint Joseph's Church, 189 Oxford Street, Auburn. Burial will follow in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leary Firefighters Foundation, 594 Broadway, Suite 409, New York, NY 10012

    (www.learyfirefighters.org)

    For directions or to leaves a message of sympathy for Jim's family, please visit

    brittonfuneralhomes.com

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    James J Reilly

    He served his country with the Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired Worcester Firefighter.

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