John J. Reilly

John J. Reilly

John J. Reilly of Madison, age 102, one month, and one day, passed away on Oct. 20, 2017 at Oakwood Village University Woods.

He was born September 19, 1915, in New York City to Patrick Reilly and Mary Brady Reilly, Irish immigrants both. He grew up in Manhattan, and graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, earning his business degree as one of the original “working adult students.” He worked almost his entire career on the banking and credit side of the garment industry, rising to the senior executive with United Merchants and Manufacturers and then Crocker Bank. On September 7, 1946, he married Margaret Cunningham, a match that would enrich both their lives immensely for 48 years before her death in 1994.

After he retired, he served as President of his Parish Council, and was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels and in driving patients to doctor appointments. He was an inveterate reader, especially of Irish literature and history, and The New York Times. A fan of Notre Dame football and the NY Giants and Jets, he added the Badgers and Packers to his fandom after moving to Wisconsin to be closer to the family. Smart, civil, grounded, generous, a good listener of quiet dignity, he was a wonderful husband, father, and family patriarch.

He is survived by his son Kevin and wife Kate, grandchildren Liam (Ariel), Adriana (Elliot), and Darvin, great-grandchildren Joanna, Patrick, and Malique, sister-in-law Helenmarie Cunningham, and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 602 Everglade Dr., Madison, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. There will be a visitation at the Church before the Mass from 8:45-9:45 a.m.

We would like to thank the staff at Oakwood Village University Woods, especially Wendy Zimmick and Karla Richgels, for their committed care for him in the last four years. He had well-deserved faith and confidence in Dr. Orest Kostelyna of SSM Health, who, with his clinic team and then his hospice team, helped make a long life livable. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Oakwood Foundation ( or the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Madison (

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