John P. Reilly
John P. Reilly, 89, died suddenly at his home Wednesday.
Predeceased by his wife, Mary F. Reilly, John spent the majority of his career as a newspaper man at The Norwalk Hour. He worked his way up from reporter in 1954, eventually being named editor emeritus.
For John, being in the news business was almost like joining the family business. His father, Louis, was managing editor of the Bridgeport Post and Telegram, while grandfather, Thomas, was city editor of the Meriden Daily Journal, which he helped to found.
John met his wife while attending Fairfield University and working as a soda jerk at a soda fountain near St. Vincent’s Nursing School, which Mary attended. They were wed in 1951 and lived in Norwalk, save for a brief stint in Dothan, Alabama, when John was in the U.S. Army.
In 1993 John was named a Fellow of the Academy of New England Journalists by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
John was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the University of Connecticut mens and womens basketball teams.
He is survived by his nine children Laurence (Judith) Reilly of Fairfield, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Maddox of Denver, CO., Bridget (Ralph) DiScala of Norwalk, Genevieve Secchi of Norwalk, Louis Reilly of Norwalk, Margaret (John) Huber of Norwalk, Robert (Renee) Reilly of Redding, Matthew (Ellen) Reilly of South Hadley, MA and Andrew (Dale) Reilly of Renton, WA.
John is also survived by nine grandchildren, Christine (Phil) Lynn of Denver, CO., Sarah Maddox of Denver, CO., William Secchi of Dallas, TX, Megan Reilly of Philadelphia, PA, Vivian and Samantha Reilly of Redding, and Theodore, Isadora and Miranda Reilly of South Hadley, MA
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Education and Hope, http://educationandhope.org