Robert Francis O'Reilly
1965 - 2017
WINSLOW - Robert Francis O'Reilly of Winslow passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on June 4, 1965. He was the beloved son of the late Dorothea Hurley O'Reilly and James J. O'Reilly, formerly of Bronx, N.Y. and Morrisville, Pa. He was the loving father of Kathryn O'Reilly of Husson University in Bangor, devoted brother of James O'Reilly with Sherry McCullough; Eva O'Reilly Wagner, wife of Peter Wagner; uncle of Phoebe and Heron Wagner, Oisin McCullough and Seamus O'Reilly.
Robert was a welder and member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.
Bob's father, Robert Owens, died before he was born. His beloved mother, Dorothea, was 19 at the time. Fortunately Bob developed a close bond with his father's immediate family, Jimmy, Geraldine, Stephen, Karen, Sean and cousin John Owens and Karen's husband Richard Bertolacci who all acted as guides throughout his life. Dorothea married a wonderful man, Jim O'Reilly, who adopted Bob and loved him as much as the children who followed, Jimmy and Eva. Unfortunately, Jim Senior died when Bobby was 11 years old. Although Bob suffered a lot of loss early in life, he had an enormous family of aunts and uncles and cousins who loved him dearly.
Bobby graduated from the Community School in Camden, a place where he learned many life and survival skills and met people who would shape his life forever. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp.
In 1998, he fathered a beautiful daughter, Kathryn Rose O'Reilly, with Jody Lambert. Katie remained the love of his life. They were a team to his final day.
Bob loved each and every one in his family with a loyalty that was unmatched and all those who encountered Bob knew this to be true. Bob was especially good to his niece and nephew, Phoebe and Heron Wagner, who adored their uncle. Phoebe loved the big bowls of ice cream Bob would serve and Heron loved to catch frogs and shoot with him in the backyard.
Bob was loved by many for his generosity, sense of humor and courage. He was a fabulous cook, he loved music, and he took great care of his mother during her long battle with cancer. His friends, too numerous to name, will miss him dearly as will his most recent constant companions Shiloh and Chanel, his two canine friends whom he doted on. There are no words to express how much he will be missed. Semper Fidelis Bob.
There will be a memorial service at the China Baptist Church in China Village, Maine at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.
An online guestbook may be signed and condolences expressed at www.gallantfh.com
Gallant Funeral Home, Inc.
10 Elm St.
Waterville, ME 04901
Published in Central Maine on Apr. 18, 2017