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Reilly, Michael John
November 2019
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We are saddened to announce the passing of Michael John Reilly who died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, November 6, 2019 after a long and wonderful life. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen and predeceased by his daughter Frances Moore and granddaughter Rachel Moore, Michael is survived by his children Annie Kennedy (Jimmy), Sheena Grealish, Noreen McCann (Sean), Terri Cassidy (Mick), Noel (Annie), Bernadette (Frank Finnegan), Michael and Kevin and son-in-law, John Moore. Also survived by his grandchildren James (Andrea), Noel (Emily) and Gerard Kennedy, Martin (Claudia), Seamus (Lisa), and Kevin Grealish, Shauna and Michael Moore, Eilis, Colm, Noel, Sean, and Ciaran McCann, Kathleen and Brendan Cassidy, Michael, Eamonn and Connor Reilly, Noirin and Caitlin Finnegan, and Liam Reilly and great-grandchildren, Evelyn and James Kennedy, Madison, Declan and Ethan Grealish, Reilly and Adrian Moore. Michael was born on February 9, 1931, in Co. Westmeath, Ireland, to the late Annie and Paddy Reilly. He is predeceased by sisters Annie McCormack, Edith and Lily. Michael came to Canada in May, 1957 from London, England and fairly soon found work in the construction industry. In 1961, he was hired as a Business Representative for L.I.U.N.A. Local 183, where he worked until his retirement in 1995, rising to the position of Business Manager. He was instrumental in bringing pension and health and welfare benefits to the membership as well as setting up the L.I.U.N.A Local 183 Credit Union. His negotiating skills earned him a great reputation. He was a familiar face at the Ministry of Labour helping to resolve disputes for brother locals and sister unions. 1961 was also the year he discovered the Toronto Gaelic Athletic Association when he joined the Garryowen Hurling and Football Club. He went on to serve as President of the Toronto GAA for five years and likened himself to Gordie Howe when he played one of his final hurling matches along with his sons. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he would put the skates on and participate in the father/son hockey games with his boys. Usually, his position was goalie, and two hockey moms would escort him to the net where he would hang on for dear life until the game was over. He also tried his hand at coaching and took their team to the championship more than once. When the time came to hang up his boots he purchased a trailer on Rice Lake and tried his hand at golfing and fishing. Shortly after his retirement, he joined the Emerald Isle Seniors and was their vice-president for many years, helping to organize many social events and bus trips to Florida. At this time, he was also President of the L.I.U.N.A. Local 183 Retirees Council. The two organizations enjoyed several trips to St. Anne de Beaupre together. From the bottom of our hearts we wish to thank those angels who work on the 7th floor of the Wexford Residence who provided such compassionate, kind and respectful care to our Father during these past few years as he journeyed through dementia. Visitation will be held at the Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Precious Blood Church, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East (Lawrence east of Victoria Park). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wexford Residence.

Messages of Condolence

So sorry to hear of the passing of Michael, sincere condolences to Reilly family, relatives & friends. May your happy memories bring you... Read more Patrick & Kathleen McWilliams
Doire, Ireland December 02, 2019
To all the Family and friends, my association with Michael go back to the early 1980’s. Mike was a Labour Leader with the Labourers Inter... Read more Sean O’Ryan
Toronto November 11, 2019
The Keenan family sends our love and deepest condolences to Bernadette and her family.
Vanessa Keenan-Kaczmarek
London November 11, 2019
Sincerest condolences to Annie, Jimmy and all of the Reilly Family. May he rest in peace.
Seamus and Ann O'Kane
Toronto November 11, 2019
Sincerest condolences to Annie, Jimmy and all of Reilly Family. May he rest in peace.
Seamus and Ann O'Kane
Toronto November 11, 2019
Sincere Sympathy to the Reilly family. Our thoughts and prays are with you all at this very sad time. Rest In Peace Mike
Michael and Anne O'Shea
Coventry November 11, 2019
RIP Uncle Michael
Declan McCormack
Wiltshire, UK November 11, 2019
Deepest condolences to the Riley family on the passing of your wonderful father Mike. We will always remember Uncle Mike as a kind, genero... Read more Mc Keever Rice Wray Family
Derry Ireland November 10, 2019
Condolences on the passing of my brother-in-law Mike. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Our Lady Queen of Ireland pray for him.
Patrick McKeever
Derry Ireland November 10, 2019
We wish to extend to the family of Michael John Reilly our sincere condolences. We remember Michael with affection. Gordon F. Wilson, Pa... Read more Bonnie Wilson
Port Rowan, Ontario November 10, 2019
Our deepest condolence to the Reilly family.
Moore Family
TORONTO November 10, 2019
Annie and all the Reilly family- We wish you our sincere condolences. He was a Gentleman every time we met him. Prayers to you all. Talk... Read more Harry & Mary Kennedy
Guilford, Connecticut- USA November 10, 2019
We are very sad to hear of Uncle Mike's passing. Our sympathies to all the family. He is with Aunt Kathy now watching over all of us.
Patrick and Anna Houston
Maple, Ontario November 09, 2019
Sincerest condolences to the Reilly family and extended family circle on the passing of Mike. Ar dheis D
Paul & Sinead McElvanna
Belfast November 09, 2019
Sincerest sympathy to the Reilly family thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP
Grace McCarney
Co Derry November 08, 2019
Condolences to all the reilly family every time on visiting Canada Mike was very welcoming and always had time to make sure you had an enj... Read more Eilis oneill
Tyrone ireland November 08, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the passing of uncle Mike. ... Read more April and Jim
Hatchet Lake, NS November 08, 2019
Deepest Condolences to the Reilly clan on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Danielle Hurst
Toronto November 08, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss of a great man. I recall the many stories Fran would tell me of her dad. Such strong character, such an amazing ... Read more Susan Williams
Burlington Ontario November 08, 2019
My condolences to the Reilly family and friends. RIP Mike Reilly
Eamonn Devine
Denham Court NSW November 08, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of uncle Mike. May you all find comfort in the loving memories you will share. Rest in peace U... Read more Micheline Robichaud
Halifax, Nova Scotia November 08, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP uncle Mike
Cary hirtle
Bridgewater November 08, 2019
Rip Mike sorry for your loss
Darren O'Neill
Tyrone Ireland November 08, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Reilly Family, friends and relatives of Michael John Reilly. May he rest in peace.
John Finnegan
Galway, Ireland November 07, 2019

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