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Edmund Joseph Reilly, Jr.

Edmund Joseph Reilly, Jr. passed

away peacefully on 12/19/2019 after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Ed was born in Hudson, MA to parents Edmund and Helen Reilly. He graduated from Hudson High School, with earned degrees from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Harvard Business School. Highlights of his 40-year professional career include President of Digital Equipment Corporation Japan & Asia territory; Vice President of Motorola Asia Pacific; and President of the Japan America Society in Seattle. After living overseas for many years, Ed settled down in Redmond, WA where he and his wife lived for the past 22 years. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf with friends, spending time with grandkids, and keeping up with sports and politics. Despite leaving New England 40 years ago, Ed kept his Boston accent and was a Red Sox fan to the end, often clad in both a Red Sox cap and a Mariners jacket at ball games.

Ed is survived by his wife Yoko, daughters Pattie (Nolle Pritchard), Kay (Natalie Reilly) and his 4 grandchildren Casey (14), Akina (12), Sage (7), and Emi (6).

Ed's gentle nature, immense generosity, and witty and clever sense of humor will never be forgotten. Those who knew Ed know that he hated being fussed over and would rather give than receive. In that spirit, in lieu of funeral services and to honor Ed's wishes, we ask that all who wish to participate make a donation to the American Cancer Society or enjoy a round of golf in his memory. Please sign Ed's on-

line guestbook @ www.Legacy.com

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Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 22, 2019.
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December 16, 2020
We do miss your intelligent, self-effacing sharp wit, Brother Ed. But I do feel your presence today
Bill Franklin
Friend
December 30, 2019
I first met Ed At Digital in the early days. He was badge 518 and I was 519. His humor was what I remembered and it kept me sane this past 6 years or so. A kind and gentle person who was always willing to share a thought or a story. I will miss him.
Paul Scriven
December 27, 2019
I first knew Ed as the father of my friend Kay, but over the years, have had the great pleasure of knowing him better. I have been the beneficiary of his kind and generous nature my entire life. When high school orchestra practices ran late into the evenings, Ed was there to give us a ride home. Later, when I came to visit Kay after the family moved back to the US, Ed was there to meet me at the airport and tell me all about Washington. He once took us on a thrilling outing to ride a hot air balloon. Another time, he made me a fantastic steak espousing his technique for getting optimal temperature settings on his grill - a technique I use to this day. Whatever Ed did, he had the special ability to do things in a way that made it distinctively his own. He drove his Jeep leaning forward somewhat with two hands at the top of the steering wheel; he spoke in quick direct bursts that exemplified his intelligence, knowledge and enormous wit; he fidgeted with his hands and thumbs when he listened or when he was watching the Mariners game on tv. He was full of useful insight that displayed the depth and breadth of his experiences abroad. He always struck me as an example of the best kind of American: quirky, unique and refreshingly direct with an avuncular willingness to help, but never in a condescending kind of way. He was a proud family man who had built a special one that embodied the best qualities of love, understanding and kinship.

I last saw Ed for a game of golf in 2017 at the beginning of a west coast road trip. Among his friends and glorious weather, he was at the top of his game: a consummate and knowledgeable host, he introduced me to his golf group and told me all about the course and the best places to place my shots. Riding in his golf cart, he continued giving me sound advice on everything from business and life to which roads and sights I should take in on my trip.

I was very lucky and blessed to have had Ed in my life. My condolences to the Reilly family in this time. Ed was special. He will be truly missed.
Jason Ing
December 27, 2019
So sorry to hear about Ed. He was a wonderful person and was fun to be with. I enjoyed spending time with him when I visited Japan from the GIA HQ's of DEC or when we would have a GIA Management Meeting. A big Red Sox fan and a Family man. My sympathies to Yoko and his family
Jerry LoPorto
December 26, 2019
Takamura-san sent a message to Kawase-san then sent a message to me that Ed had passed away. My sincere condolences to you and the family for your loss.

Please feel free to contact me soon. I am praying for you and hope that you are well.

I think of you often and hope that we can talk soon my dear friend.
Miyoko Winch
December 26, 2019
Sorry to hear that Ed passed away. I worked with Ed at Digital Equipment Corp for a number of years. We shared a house during our bachelor years and I got to know Ed quite well. We spent many good times together , playing golf and attending some Red Sox games. Ed was a very considerate and generous guy, he was well liked by all his co-workers at DEC. I send my deepest sympathy to his entire family.
Jim Scanlan
Coworker
December 25, 2019
I'll miss Ed. He had this gruff exterior hiding a big heart that would look out for those around him. He always spoke proudly of his family in his strong Boston accent. And he loved to talk politics - with passion but with civility. It was a gift to have had him as a friend.
Bob Webster
December 24, 2019
One-of-a-kind man's man. Ed Reilly could encourage, and would relish any clear discussion on any topic. His favorites: Sports, politics and anything happening on any day. He cobbled together a variety of personalities for a weekly golf outing that turned out to be the 'Reilly' group at Sno Falls golf course. Starting out with two or three guys, the group swelled to more than a dozen. With a subtle sense of humor and an always engaging and open personality, it was a pleasure to be in his presence. I will miss him, and I'm certain the rest of the 'Reilly' group and all who knew him feel likewise.
Robert LaGuardia
Friend
December 24, 2019
To Yoko, Pattie, Kay, and family,

So sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. He was such a kind person, who loved his family and friends deeply.

I have so many happy memories of us kids growing up together, from playing in the backyard with Max and Puppy in Hudson to watching fireworks from a boat in Tokyo.

You opened your hearts and home to me, and showed me the world. It's helped make me into the person I am today, and I'm forever grateful.

Eddie lives on in our memories of him, our acts of kindness and gratitude, and the good we do.

Thinking of you at this difficult time, and sending lots of love.
Dina Bonazzoli
December 24, 2019
To Yoko, Pattie, Kay, and family,

So sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. He was such a kind person, who loved his family and friends deeply.

I have so many happy memories of us kids growing up together, from playing in the backyard with Max and Puppy in Hudson to watching fireworks from a boat in Tokyo.

You opened your hearts and home to me, and showed me the world. It's helped make me into the person I am today, and I'm forever grateful.

Eddie lives on in our memories of him, our acts of kindness and gratitude, and the good we do.

Thinking of you at this difficult time, and sending lots of love.
Dina Bonazzoli
December 24, 2019
I was lucky you have Ed as a friend. I was Executive Director of the American Chamber in Japan when Ed was president. He was a Red Sox fan and I, frum da Bronx...was a Yankee fan. But we worked well together. Neither team was having a good year. So our times at the old American Club bar were hospitable and friendly. Ed knew how to make the ACCJ work and skillfully worked the Board...so that the meetings went well...ended early... and the goals were achieved. Our kids knew each other from their days at the American School in Japan. Ed and I saw each other several times from the "Japan Days." He will be missed!!!!

Bill Farrell
December 23, 2019
Dear Yoko, Kay, and Pattie, the passing of Ed is a very sad time for your family and all of Ed's many, many friends. I will greatly miss his graciousness, loyalty, and zest for life - and especially miss the joy of playing golf with him and our delightful conversations.
Don Vollmer
December 23, 2019
Ed and I knew each other for more than 30 years. First at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where I was one of those who promoted him to succeed me as President. I also visited him to ask questions about how to have a successful company in Japan,. We liked Ed's keen intellect, his quick wit, his good purpose and his humility. An excellent leader. And just one example of his generous nature....he always said our Seattle luncheon group was something Bill and I organized but the truth is that Ed had the group up and running long before I joined. even when I would correct him he would continue to say that. I could go on. But maybe what I liked most about Ed was his devotion to Yoko and his daughters. And we always had the impression that devotion is two ways, for sure. I know they still feel Ed's presence. So do I.
bill franklin
December 23, 2019
Dear Yoko, Patty, and Kay,
My sincere condolences to you and the family's. I'm saddened to hear of Ed's passing.
Ed was a very strong influence in my life when I first joined Stellar One in Bellevue. I was hired as his Assistant and when he would let me, I would write his letters make his calls and attend his meetings. If you knew Ed that was an accomplishment on it's own.
Stellar moved to Redmond where I continued as his assistant until promoted to the Human Resource Manager.
Ed loved his family more than life and we always talked about Yoko and the girls.
After he left Stellar we kept in touch and I will truly miss his emails filled with jokes. I loved this man and the passion he had for life.
God Bless you all.
Dianne Morris Koch
December 22, 2019
Ed and I were classmates and reconnected at our
50th reunion we shared a passion for the Red Sox Patriots and golf and over the last 9 years it made for many interesting emails. Ed will be remembered as a very humble man who was always ready to lend a hand and with his wit put a smile on your face My deepest sympathy to Yoko Pattie Kay and his grandchildren
mike Coito
December 22, 2019
Visiting Seattle in 2009
Yoko, Pattie, Kay and family,

I have a lifetime of memories of Eddie and am fortunate to have known such a great man - I am truly sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort in the time you had together. I have always considered you family for the many ways you welcomed me into your lives and made me feel like a part of *your* family.

Some of my best memories include coming to visit you all in Tokyo and then later in Seattle. When I was a little girl, I would get so excited when Eddie would come to visit us on a trip back home to MA and bring me origami and Hello Kitty stickers - I still have some of that origami I collected over the years. It's true he liked to give back to those around him and was always so humble in the way he approached life. I'll never forget when we flew to Tokyo in middle school and he insisted we girls all sit together in business class and he and Yoko took our seats in coach. I'm sure the flight staff was so happy to see us disembark when we got to Tokyo after spending the whole flight ordering sodas and snacks.

Eddie was so proud of his family and cherished the time he spent with you. His love for his family was never more evident than when Casey was born and he first became a grandfather, which brought him so much joy. He was a great role model to so many people and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is greatly missed but his legacy will be remembered through the memories and stories we all have about Eddie.
Daniella Bonazzoli and family
December 22, 2019
During the years I shared with Ed, I found him to be compassionate, strong minded, intellectual, honest, loyal and a true friend who loved his family and friends. I enjoyed the many outings I shared with Ed and always was impressed with his high energy dedicated toward keeping the golfers all glued together and extending invitations to others to join our group of friends.
His family and all of us have lost a truly great man. May he rest peacefully and be remembered for his many great qualities.
Sent with love and Aloha,
Jim (and Kay) Brennan
Jim Brennan
December 22, 2019
I am very sorry to learn of Ed's passing. He was a very good man and was a central figure in our Japan business alumni luncheon group -- we will all miss his sense of humor and Boston-based spirit.
Jim Ladd
December 22, 2019
Ed was a dear friend, team mate and mentor. We worked together, played together (sometimes too hard - ask Yoko) and we lived about a block apart. We would commute to work at DEC and we commuted to Worcester Polytechnic for three years.
I could write a book about funny Ed Reilly stories.
He will be missed for sure.

Don King
Don King
December 22, 2019
Yoko and family, I was so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I remember his time at Stellar One and his generous spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, Denise
Denise Kanfield
December 22, 2019
Very sorry to learn of Ed's passing. I first met him shortly after joining DEC in 1976 and have maintained both a business and personal relationship with Ed ever since. On business matters we very seldom disagreed. Baseball was different. I'm a lifelong Yankees fan, so this led to a friendly rivalry. I figured his Red Sox would never break the "curse of the Bambino", but after their World Series wins beginning in 2004, I realized Ed's determination for them had 'won out'! My last few meetings with Ed were social luncheon or dinner get togethers in the Redmond / Bellevue area through the mid-2000's before I retired from HP in 2011.But Ed's quick wit and humorous email quotes continued on and will stay with me forever....
JOE LAROSE
December 22, 2019
Some memories: Ed and I first met over 30 years ago in Japan. I was one of five employees in a new subsidiary of a middling company in Tokyo; Ed was the President of DEC Japan and head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. At the time Digital Equipment Corporation was the top mini-computer maker in the world, and Ed's area of responsibility produced a significant portion of their sales. It's necessary to mention that to make a point: when I called him out of the blue for some advice, he picked up the phone and talked with me for a half hour or so, being as helpful as he could. He was managing over 4,000 people at the time. This is rare, but Ed was a rare person. It was the start of a friendship that I benefited from countless times.
Ed moved to Seattle a few years later, and we became even better acquainted. Golf at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course played a role. Ed put together an eclectic group of friends, old and new, who played on Fridays during the decent weather months. Ed was always bringing in new people he had met; and while organizing was far from his favorite thing, he herded the cats each week for several years. He liked being with friends and the conviviality after the golf. The course always announced our starting times as "The Ed Reilly Group". That should continue.
A couple more things. Ed was a powerful man, with strong hands and arms. I often thought that I wouldn't care to arm wrestle with Ed Reilly.
Ed was true to his Boston roots and proud to be from that area. The Red Sox were a passion of his, followed closely by the Patriots. One of life's joys was a Samuel Adams beer and a sports conversation with Ed.
Finally, as much as he loved his friends, Ed loved his wife and two daughters that much more. He forever appreciated Yoko's important role in their life in Japan and all her support when they moved to Seattle, and he was proud of Pattie and Kay's accomplishments. Ed was a big-hearted guy who didn't care for bother, and lived with purpose. His friends will continue to hold him close.
Allen Barron
December 22, 2019
Eds distinguished business career is superseded only by his legacy as a husband, father, good person and friend. He was always approachable, kind and had the ability to make others feel good. In business and in life, Ed always offered support and sound advice to all who sought it. The Red Sox havent lost their number one fan, their chances of winning the World Series have improved with a new angel in the outfield.
Charlie Unger
Coworker
December 22, 2019
Dear Yoko:
The photo of Ed and I was taken Sept. 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm in front of John Howie Steak House, Seattle. My daughter (Tiffany) was invited to a Golf Tournament at Chambers Bay. I wanted Tiffany and my wife (Tina) to meet Ed. We had a great time enjoying Wagyu Beef.
Ed was my boss (twice) @ DEC and Motorola. Ed was a passionate person with vision. He was a leader who held you accountable but will give you all the resources to help you to be successful.
My family and I will miss Ed a lot.
God Bless you and your family.
Bob Chen
Bob Chen
December 22, 2019
Ed and Bob Chen 9/11/2015
Bob Chen
December 22, 2019
I met Ed and the GIA gang in 1974! So many memories that span 45 years. My favorite memories are the gatherings we would have on a Friday afternoon, when we would gather in the open area outside Z's office and just roar with laughter over the crazy things going on. And the 2 biggest instigators were always Ed and Starratt!

I also remember how supportive he was of me throughout my career. He was a gem.

I will miss him, and cannot begin to imagine how devastated you all must be. Know that all of Ed's friends, and there are many, are embracing you.
December 22, 2019
Yoko, Pattie, Kay and the extended Reilly family, my sincere condolences for the loss of this wonderful friend, husband, father, grandfather. I will treasure my memories of these past 40+ years of times spent with Eddie and all of you. Forever in my heart. Love, Jo
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