Donald Reilly obituary (1922 – 2021) – Westport, CT

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Donald E. Reilly
September 1, 1922 – November 20, 2021
– Donald Elliott Reilly, 99, husband of the late Nancy Reilly, of Westport passed away peacefully on November 20, 2021 surrounded by his family.
Don was born September 1, 1922 in New York City, and his family moved to Westport in 1934. He attended local schools, graduated from Staples High School and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Naval Aviation Program. With the advent of World War II, he enlisted and served in the United States Navy as a pilot and later as a flight instructor based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. After his military service, he joined the Koller and Smith Company, a New York-based printing company where he began his career in sales. He became president and co-owner during his 40-year career.
He met and married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1949 and together they raised their three sons. Nancy and Don have spent many years designing and building their home and gardens; collecting and restoring antique furniture and art and has traveled extensively with family and friends. Don was also an avid tennis player. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed many rafting and canoe trips with his sons. Don will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of nature, meticulous carpentry skills, antique restoration and epic annual barn sales.
He was truly a good man and a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather who gave himself freely and taught us many life skills. He will be sadly missed knowing that he has had a long and beautiful life filled with adventure, love, family and many friends. He will be remembered for his humor, warmth, strength of character, dedication to his family and his love for his golden retrievers.
He will be fondly remembered by his children, Kevin Reilly and his wife Leslie (Carrere) of Newfield, NY, William Reilly and his wife Laura (Gottfried) of Enfield, NY and Peter Reilly and his wife Mary (Picard) of Rye, NH; his grandchildren Colin and his wife Lauren, Marissa and her husband Zach Beauchamp, Mia, Megan and Conor Reilly; her great-granddaughter Kendall and her sister, Eloise Reilly of Westport, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Carla Wilson, her personal caregiver, for her loving care and the staff at Visiting Angels of Fairfield, CT for their support. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor can be made to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue at 110 Chapin Rd., Hudson, MA 01749-08081.
SERVICES: Family and friends will be invited to attend a memorial service scheduled for Spring 2022 in Westport. Specific details will be provided later. Visit: www.hardingfuneral.com sign the guestbook online

Posted by The Hour on December 11, 2021.

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