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John James (Jay) O'Reilly

AGE: 85 • Hollywood, FL

John James (Jay) O'Reilly, 85, of Hollywood, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Born July 25, 1931 in Teaneck, NJ to the late John and Kathleen O'Reilly, he was the eldest of 6 children. Jay graduated from Teaneck High School in 1948 and went on to receive a BS in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, NY after serving 2 years in the United States Army. He retired from the Port Authority of NY & NJ after 33 years of service. He was married to the late Lorraine Thierer O'Reilly in 1957. Together they built a home in Hilton Park, Atlantic Highlands, NJ. After Lorraine's passing in September 1972, Jay singularly raised 5 children between the ages of 7 and 14. He remarried again in 1998 to Anne Johnson and relocated to Hollywood, FL in 2008.

He is predeceased by his brother Michael O'Reilly, and sister Maureen Hoare, and is survived by his sisters Lenore O'Reilly, Anne Russell, and his brother Francis O'Reilly. Also surviving are his wife, AJ O'Reilly, his daughters Elizabeth, Jeanette and Michelle, his son James and wife Lisa, son Robert and wife Kathi, stepdaughter Lisa and husband Rob Mazzola, stepson Craig Johnson and wife Stephanie, stepdaughter Nina and husband Alex Rothacker, and 7 grandchildren: Collin and Quinn O'Reilly both actively serving in the United States Marines, Rachel and Claire O'Reilly, Grace Johnson, & Annika and Luca Rothacker.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Highlands, NJ where he served for many years. Jay loved crossword puzzles, working with his hands, telling stories of old and spending time with his family. He deeply loved his family and will be greatly missed by them all.

A memorial service honoring the life of Jay O'Reilly will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), 151 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OLPH St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 5, 2017
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