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O'REILLY, John A., Jr.

John A. O'Reilly, Jr. of Farmington passed from this life peacefully with his family by his side on August 16, 2013. He was born on September 7, 1941 in Hartford to the late Agnes (Daly) and John A. O'Reilly, Sr. John was a 1959 graduate of Wethersfield High School and a 1963 graduate of Fairfield University. John received his law degree from UCONN School of Law in 1966. He proudly served during the Vietnam War in the Panama Canal as a Legal Clerk in Garrison Company at Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone. He was honorably discharged in 1968. He joined the law firm of Arnold M. Schwolsky, later becoming a partner in the firm Schwolsky & O'Reilly. He was appointed as a part-time prosecutor in the Circuit Court in West Hartford and was appointed full time as Assistant State's Attorney in 1987. John served on the Board of Directors of the Farmington Visiting Nurse Association and the Winding Trails Recreation Association of Farmington. He was a charter member of the Farmington Rotary Club, president from 1981-1982 and named a Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoyed teaching a Farmington Adult Education course for many years. John was named "Irishman of the Year" by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in March of 2013. John retired after 40 years from the State of Connecticut in 2009. The West Hartford Police honored him with the only detective badge ever given to a civilian. After retiring, John worked as a volunteer in the Infusion Room at the Ray and Carole Neag Cancer Center at Dempsey Hospital for 3 1/2 years prior to his being a patient there. In addition to a daily habit of completing crossword puzzles in ink, John spent his free time golfing, playing his guitar, reading and attending the Goodspeed Opera House and the Warner Theater. Though their travels were many, John referred to one of his life's seminal moments as floating in a gondola down the Grand Canal in Venice with Joan, a glass of newly produced red wine in hand, accompanied by a concertina and a wonderful tenor voice singing Italian classics. John is survived by his beloved wife, Joan I. O'Reilly; daughters, Kathleen A. O'Reilly of Ipswich, MA and Sharon E. O'Reilly of Willimantic, and son, Michael J. O'Reilly and Erin Ramondi of Torrington; Joan's daughters, whom he loved as his own, Christy and Joe Monroe of Wolcott, Carlene and Paul Gordon of Stratford, Laurie and Jay Dinunzio of Burlington, and Allison and Ron Kempe of Bristol; a sister, Marybeth O. Walsh of West Hartford; and a brother, James F. O'Reilly of Newtown. He is survived by nine grandchildren, Shane O'Reilly, Adrianna Antigiovanni, Brennan O'Reilly, CJ (Christopher) Monroe, Jake and Nick Gordon, Max and Tommy Dinunzio, and Sawyer Kempe. He leaves behind many extended family members and his loyal dog, Bailey. John's lengthy illness did nothing to diminish his appreciation for the little things in life. He has always enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his wife. His fiercely loyal, jovial, generous and loving manner has inspired many. John did things simply because they were "the right thing to do." Anyone who knew John knows that he had an amazing gift to make anyone in his presence feel special. His charming smile and clever wit will be sorely missed.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday, August 22, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Newington, 1075 Main St. Newington, CT. Burial with full military and police honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Garden Street in Farmington. If you so choose, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Salvation Army, 217 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106, Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Ct., Simsbury, CT 06070, or the First Church of Christ Congregational in Newington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 18, 2013
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