George O'Rielly, the former owner of Holiday Flowers, located in the Plaza and then Westwood Shopping Center, died April 30, 2013, at a retirement community in Sun City, California. He was 87 years old.
O'Rielly and his wife of 65 years, Dorothy, moved to the Rancho Bernardo North Poway area in 1972. When one of his sons was transferred to the Atlanta area in 1997, they sold the flower shop and moved to Atlanta.
He went to work at the local Kroger chain in their flower department and soon won acclaim for his skill with a featured article in the Kroger corporate monthly magazine. O'Rielly was well-known in the community for his ability to arrange flowers and decorate Christmas trees like no other.
O'Rielly served his country in the military in Korea.
His infectious laugh and always-bubbly personality was his trademark.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Eileen; daughter, Sue; sons, Mike and Pat; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held Monday, June 17, 2013, at 10:00AM at the Gateway Church of the Nazarene, 23560 Jefferson Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562.
Call Mike O'Rielly with any questions at 619-843-8028.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation in his name.