Edward A. Reilly

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Edward A. Reilly, 72, formerly of Moscow, died May 15 after a brief battle with cancer.

Ed was born on Oct. 4, 1940, in Pittsburgh, son of the late Edward A. Sr. and Sarah Craig Reilly. After graduating from Dickson City High School and the University of Scranton in 1963, Ed joined the Air Force and attended officer's training school, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant. After 14 years of active duty, he went into the Reserve and retired as a full colonel in September 1993. He served overseas in Vietnam and Korea, as well as stateside. Ed was awarded several medals and commendations during his 30 years of service, among which were the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. Ed graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 1981 and successfully started law practices in Scranton, Moscow and the Mount Pocono areas. For 25 years, he specialized in civil and real estate law before retiring to Charleston, S.C. During this time, he was involved in community government, having been elected as supervisor and solicitor of various townships. Ed was also a Fourth- Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3448, as well as the American Legion. While in Pennsylvania, he provided free legal assistance weekly at Tobyhanna Army Depot; and in Charleston, he volunteered at the pharmacy on Charleston Air Force Base.

Ed will be deeply missed by his wife of 46 years, Dorene; daughter, Brigid and son-in-law, Scott, Asheville, N.C.; and son, Tim and daughter-in-law, Dana, Charlotte, N.C. Ed and Dorene have three grandchildren, Reilly, Reiken and Erin, with another granddaughter due in the fall.

Burial services were May 21 at Beaufort National Cemetery, South Carolina, with military honors. Online condolences can be offered at www.mcalister-smith.com.
Published in Scranton Times on May 26, 2013
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