Joseph W. Reilly
Reilly, 87, husband of Eleanore (Sklarz) Reilly of Appleton Park,
Ipswich, died Sunday, July 1, 2013 in his home following his long
Ipswich December 9, 1925 son of the late James D. and Sylvia
(Poirier) Reilly, he was raised in Ipswich a member of Ipswich High
School Class of 1943. In 1942 as a high school sophomore he left
school to enter the U.S. Navy. For four years he served aboard the
battleship USS Texas serving in the Atlantic, at the beaches of
Normandy and Southern France, and later in the Pacific, shelling the
islands Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Following his honorable discharge he
returned to Ipswich and completed high school graduating in 1947.
When his country again called at the time of the Korean Conflict, he
reenlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving stateside and in Europe on
fighter support bases. Married in 1953 at the former Sacred Heart
Church in Ipswich, the Reillys made their home on Mineral Street,
Ipswich. For twelve years Mr. Reilly was employed at Sylvania in
Ipswich and most recently for the Town of Ipswich as a custodian at
the Town Hall, Police Station, and Middle School, from which he
retired in 1990.
an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan having had Patriots' season tickets
for the past twenty-five years.
He was a
member of Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich and proud member of
Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093 and Ipswich American Legion Post #80.
addition to his wife of sixty years, he is survived by many nephews,
nieces, great nephews and nieces, a great great niece and his loyal
feline friend of many years Abigail. He was the brother of the late
James D. Reilly, formerly of Ipswich. Joe will always be remembered
as a happy, caring man to all who knew him and loved him. His
family will miss his smiling face and gentle soul.
arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich are
private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may
be made to Hospice of the North Shore Greater Boston, Suite B102, 75
Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 and or Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box
873, Ipswich, MA 01938.