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John Reilly

John David Reilly

Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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John David Reilly, 84, of Millis, MA, peacefully passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Son of the late Elwood and Margaret Reilly, John was born and raised in Auburndale, MA, and graduated from Newton High School. He met his wife, Gertrude Ruth Bussey and the two were married in 1956. John graduated with a BS in Marketing from New Hampshire College. John and Ruth raised their four children in Newton before moving to Millis in the early 1990s. John pursued a career in marketing and sales holding several executive positions at GTE Sylvania, Harris Corporation, and Digital Equipment Corporation from the 1960s through the 1980s. For the past 30 years, John ran a highly successful consulting firm with numerous domestic and global clients. Throughout his lifetime, he was engaged in several volunteer and philanthropic pursuits - notably with the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf, riding snowmobiles, cross country skiing, watching football, tinkering in his woodshop, and spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Farrell; he is survived by his brother, Donald Reilly. John is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth, and their four children: Scott, Brian and his wife Christina, Brenda and her husband David Collins, and Kenneth. Known as "Papa" to his three grandchildren, he will be sorely missed by Victoria Margaret, Brian Cameron, and Reilly David. John was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church, 8 Church Street, Holliston, MA. Interment will be in Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, MA. The family will receive relatives and friends at Medfield's Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home from 4 PM - 7 PM on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    8 Church St.
    HOLLISTON, MA 01746
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Private Condolence

narciso Pires

Posted at 10:06am
Rest in peace my friend my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time

Christine Setticase

Posted at 11:57am
Dear John,
How we would have loved to say just one more rosary with you. But we had to let go and send you into the loving arms of Jesus and Mary. May you receive a beautiful heavenly reward for your many good deeds.
Ruth and children - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hold you dear to our hearts in prayer.
LOTS of love,
Sister Christine Salvatore and all the Daughters of St. Paul

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