BRONX, N.Y. — Thomas P. Reilly, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 27 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, N.Y.
Thomas was born on July 7, 1925 in Waterbury, and was the son of the late Thomas F. and Katherine (Killeen) Reilly. Thomas graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1942, class president and valedictorian. He received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and M.A. from Middlebury College, Vermont. He did further graduate work at the University of Grenoble, France, Laval University, Quebec, University of Mexico, Columbia University and NYU. Thomas served his country in the army during WWII. Thomas retired from the Horace-Mann School, Riverdale, N.Y. in 1996 ending a 44-year career as a foreign language teacher and he also served as chair of the Upper Division Foreign Languages Department for 32 years.
He is survived by his sister Ann Rutiglano and her husband Frank from Watertown, his brother Eugene J. Reilly of Prospect and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Mary Mukosey.
Funeral services will be held from the Buckmiller Brother’s Funeral Home 26 Waterbury Road, Prospect, on Tuesday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. for a mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church in Naugatuck, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For more information and online condolences please visit www.buckmillerbrothers.com.