Eugene M. Reilly, 70, husband of Mary (Bourke) Reilly, of Charlestown R.I., passed away on April 13, 2014, at RI Hospital. He was born in Hartford, son of the late Joseph and Lavina (Gaudet) Reilly.
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Eugene graduated from Bulkeley High School and Central Connecticut State College. Gene played basketball and baseball for CCSC and in 1966 led the nation in foul shooting and was an All-American for the nationally ranked Blue Devils. He was also an All-American in baseball and signed with the San Francisco Giants as a pitcher. After two years in the Giants organization, Gene was drafted into the US Army where he spent a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon returning, he taught and coached basketball and baseball for 2 years at South Catholic High School and 35 years at Portland High School. His teams won state championships in both basketball in 1982 and baseball in 1988. He was selected Coach of the Year in Middlesex County (1976 and 1995) and Connecticut High School Coaches Association Basketball Coach of the Year in 1998. He is a charter member of the Central Connecticut Hall of Fame and a member of the Twilight League Hall of Fame. Gene has received numerous awards including being selected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, a Gold Key from the Connecticut Sportswriters Association and induction into the New England Hall of Fame.
Gene was also a member of the BPOE Lodge # 771, Middletown, CT.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his brothers Robert (Jane) Reilly and Donald Reilly; his sisters Beverly Strout, Joan (Lewis) Compson, and Mary Ellen (Roger) Fortier; his sisters-in- law Teresa (Joseph) Reilly, and Eleanor (Richard) Reilly. He was predeceased by his brothers John Reilly, Richard Reilly, and Joseph Reilly; sisters Elizabeth and her husband Russell Stocinis and Margaret Reilly; brother-in-law Clayton (Beverly) Strout. Friends may call today, April 15, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Rd., Wethersfield, CT 06109. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Gene's life will be held April 16, 2014, at 10 a.m., in Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, CT 06109. All are asked to go directly to church. Burial will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002. There will also be a Mass for Gene in St. James Church, Charlestown R.I., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CCSU Athletics c/o Coach Bill Detrick, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06050. To extend online condolences, share a memory or to light a candle, please visit Farleysullivan.com
Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home - Wethersfield
34 Beaver Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2201
Published in The Westerly Sun from Apr. 15 to Apr. 30, 2014