Dear Robert, If you are the Robert Michael Reilly that attended Fairfield Universty in the 70s I want to offer my condolences on your loss. Sincerely Cheryl Vitale Pagliarella
I would like to share a letter great grandmother, E. A. Reilly La Pointe wrote to me when I was a very little girl, presumably intended for when I would be old enough to read. The letterhead reads: E. A. La Pointe, 218 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida.
My dear Mary Margrett
It ain't the guns nor armerents
Nor the sums the people pay
But close cooperation that makes them win the day
It ain't the individual
Nor the Armey as a whole
But the everlasting teamwork-
Of every blooming soul
I cherished this advice for a lifetime and choose this opportunity to pass on G.G.'s wisdom to family and friends in hope of a better tomorrow.
Thoughts to the family in memory of Robert Reilly. Although brief, I remember his keen sense of family wit,Irish ire, and devoted attention to his wife Mary Lou, as being exemplary of his character and faith.
As Mary Lou would question, looking up the stars in Scaly Mt, NC - "What are they doing up there??"
Dear Reilly Family,
Sorry for the loss of your father. He will be greatly missed. I will miss his songs, stories of Miami Beach, and especially miss his sayings like, "Go to work" and "Do you know what day it is? The day after the day your rent was due!" from a story about his grandmother, GG, who is was renting from, and my all time favorite: "He who buys what is does not need, will someday need what he can not buy."
we look forward to the time when Jesus promise at John 5:28 & 29 will be fulfilled.
Bridgette and Kameel Saleeby
It is up to us now.
The children and grandchildren of a small group of extraordinary, exceptional human beings. Bob Reilly carried the banner until the end. It wasn’t he first time he was accused of being a ringleader.
To say that he was the last of a ‘band of brothers’ would be a disservice. That would mean that many people have had the rare opportunity to know what the sons of St Patrick are all about, and we are among the very few who have had that privilege.
Boyhood friends, to be sure. Yet no one ever went their separate way. Kotte, Kelly, Gosselin, Manly. Even Mendelssohn in the Scaly years.
I remember my Dad’s birthday My children and I drove up to Rocky Knob to surprise him on his 68th.(?) Only to be outdone by the Kids -- Riley, Manley and Mendelssohn, Hiding in the bushes waiting to scare him.
No doubt, these people lived hard and played hard.
Who can ever forget the boat trips, the Keys, the first fish caught, the legendary poker games, the football rivalries.
Reilly donning a wet suit in order to take the waters on my 40th, when he was a mere 75.
Yet I suppose many families may have that, if they are lucky.
What sets this whole thing apart for me is the fact that they adored us, their children. However hard it may have been for them at times to express it, especially as those of us who grew up in the sixties may have challenged their resolve, they never wavered.
They valued intelligence, and even tolerated a different point of view as long as it was carefully considered and stood the test of Aristotelian logic. To parent not one, but many a genius is a daunting task.
Our parents had a world view that in everyway included something beyond them, and it was something far beyond their knowlege that sustained them, always.
However scared I was of Bob Reilly when I was a child, his gruffness, his opinions and his often outrageous behavior, I also came to know him when I was an adult, and saw the tender and loving side of him as he cared for Mary Lou. His unending patience revealed a side of him that to this day inspires me.
May you rest in peace Roberto. Your work is done. A life well lived.
And the rare gem we are privileged to have as a result is a treasure.
May Bob's legacy prevail, and may we honor it always.
Mike, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, but sure enjoyed them. There are so many great stories of his years and contirbutions to our industry. Our prayers are with you.
Glenn and I just heard of your father's death. He was a brilliant and wonderful man who shared his knowledge with his industry. He certainly gave us a lot of advice when we started our company. We have good memories of his and your mother's visits to Savannah. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I am sorry to hear of Roberts passing.
He was truly a gentleman and an enormous asset to the industry.
I always enjoyed his knowledge and keen sense of humor. He will truly be missed.
Bill McDaniel (Shelby NC)
The Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation wish to express our most sincere condolences to the family of Robert McCanna Reilly. Please know that the donations made in his memory will help us take one step closer to a cure for diabetes and its devastating complications.
Robert A. Pearlman
President and CEO
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a great man, a great contributor to our industry. He will be missed.
Steve Daegling (Statesville, NC)
Our condolences to you on your dad's passing...sounded like aa wonderful man who led a full life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Love Garr and Carol
My condolences to all the Reilly clan. Bob was quite a character and I always loved being at your house when I was little because of this. He will be missed. Love, Cindy Manley Hubbard
Dear Reilly children, The Life of Bob Reilly was truly exceptional. He loved you all so much and especially his Mary Lou. Their Golden Wedding Celebration was such a happy one. It was delightful when he told the little adages from his grandmother. Bob was one of a kind and will be missed by many. My condolences to you all.
A life blessed with love and family! Rejoice in the family left behind celebrate a life well lived.
Bob and Eileen
Phil - so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Sounds like he lived a very full and interesting life. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Where to begin? I've known all of you Reillys my whole life and Bob was the HEAD OF THE HOUSE! I'm glad Jim got to know and meet most of you also! I have many great memories of our families being together that will never fade.
Love, "Suzy" Manley McCourt
To my old friend Phil and his family, our deepest condolences to you'll and will miss your father.
Dad...you will be in all our hearts forever! I will remember our love for Mary Lou and all the "together" family times: Notre Dame picnics, Scaly Mtn. NC, adventures at Stitt's ranch in Clewiston, Everglades treks visiting miccosokee friends, surfing on South Beach, night blooming cereus. Our shared passions: Catholic Faith, working for Pan American, world travel and love of music, Fine Art and Architecture. You and mom are my heros!