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 William B. Reilly, III
Born: 01/25/1938
Died: 12/01/2016
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William B. Reilly, III

William Bernard Reilly, III passed away peacefully Thursday, December 1, at his home in Jersey City, surrounded by loved ones.  He was 78. 

Reilly, who was born on January 25, 1938, and grew up in the same Glenwood Avenue house in which he died, was an executive in the railroad and retail industries before becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Reilly graduated from Lincoln High School, then worked his way through college at Seton Hall University while a dockworker for REA Express in Hoboken.  He enlisted in the US Army, where he served from 1962 to 1964, attaining the rank of Specialist 4th Class.  While stationed in Ohio, Reilly met his beloved wife, Mollie (nee McCullough), to whom he would remain married for the rest of his 51 years.  After serving his country, Reilly returned to REA, where he rose to management.  Reilly later became an executive at JC Penney, obtained his master's in business administration from Jersey City State College and opened a printing business in Downtown Jersey City.

In his later years, Reilly enjoyed movies, telling stories and doting on his grandchildren.

Reilly was a fourth degree knight in the Knights of Columbus and a longtime communicant at St. Aloysius Church, where he served as a trustee for many years.  In addition to his wife, Reilly is survived by brothers Thomas and James; son William IV; daughters Kelly, Colleen (Wilson), Eileen, Megan (Torres) and Catherine; grandchildren Caitlin, Ryan, Maxwell, Ianna, Angelica, Matthew, Rachel, William V and Charlotte and great-granddaughter Mollie Clementine.

A wake will be held Monday from 4pm to 8 pm at McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.  Relatives and friends are invited to assemble at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:30am prior to the funeral mass at St. Aloysius Church at 11am.  Interment follows at Holy Name Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1373 Broad Street, Clifton, NJ  07013.

 
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Kelly, Andy and the entire Reilly Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. We will keep William and all of you in our prayers.
Kathy Fitzsimmons
To Kelly, Andy and all of the Reilly family members, My prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of your father, husband and grandfather. Deepest sympathies to all... --Theresa Clarke
Theresa Clarke
My deepest. Indolence to you, Kelly, and to your family on the loss of your father . May his blessed memory be a comfort to all of you.
Raquel Needle
Kelly, Andy and the Reilly family, deepest condolences on the loss of father,grandfather and husband. I will keep you in my prayers. Angela Irene
Angela Irene
Wholehearted sympathy to you and your family as you journey together in this time of grief. Be well my friend.
Joan
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories keep you warm
Kathy Russo
Eileen, My deepest sympathy to you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Veronica Price
Eileen, My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time. May god grant your family peace.
Rose Marie Marese
Kelly and the Reilly family...Deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Cherish the memories of his life and he will live forever in your hearts. Linda Sutton
Linda Sutton
My god, I'm really happy to have met Mr Reilly he was I found a very thoughtful and caring person.He didn't even know me I turned up on his doorstep one night and he took me into his family home. I regret that for many years I wanted to contact him and say a huge thank you for all his help. I know this is one man who will be sorely missed. My greatest condolences to Molly his beautiful wife and kids. Thinking of you all. Robbie Northern.
Robert Northern
Kelly and family. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in all of the memories that you have accumulated.
John Bartlett
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