- Special Sections
John James Reilly
CUMBERLAND - John James Reilly, 85, of Amherst Street, passed away Tuesday at home. He was the husband of Rosemary (Hogue) Reilly. They had recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Burns) Reilly. He resided in Cumberland for over 50 years, previously residing in Providence.
Mr. Reilly was employed as a jewelry toolmaker for the B.A. Ballou Company for 40 years, until his retirement.
He was a United States Navy Seabee, World War II veteran. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, and the American Theatre Medal.
Mr. Reilly was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, and was a trustee for over 40 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas Council, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion Post 14.
Besides his wife, he leaves four sons, John J. Reilly Jr. and his wife Joanna of Bedford Hills, NY, Daniel P. Reilly and his wife Ann of Warwick and Michael J. Reilly and his wife Jeanne and Kieran T. Reilly and his wife Kerri, all of Cumberland; two daughters, Rosemary Reilly-Chammat and her husband Issam of Cumberland, Susan M. Canavan and her husband Robert of Cumberland; eleven grand- children, Caitlin and John Chammat, Matthew and Zachary Reilly, Patrick, Killian,and Kayleigh Canavan, Colby and Quinn Reilly, Courtney and Nicholas Reilly; he was also the grandfather of the late Nicolas Valois. He leaves his best friend and brother-in-law, Bill Marceau. He leaves two sisters, Mary and Eileen Reilly, and three brothers, Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, Thomas and Raymond Reilly. He was the brother of the late Joseph and Francis Reilly, and Rita Marceau.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 10 AM from J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Rt. 122, Cumberland. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM in St. Patrick Church, Broad Street, Cumberland. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hours will be held Friday, 4-8 PM.