Bryant Funeral Home in East Setauket, NY
Ocean Beach 04

John C. O'Reilly

July 17, 2019

Jack O’Reilly was a builder in every sense of the word. He built a family he loved tremendously and a long, very successful career in the mechanical contracting and nursing home industry.

As successful as he was in business, his passion in his life was his wife and family. At 19, he married his high school sweetheart, Arlene, who was the love of his life. They walked down the aisle on Oct.19,1957, and danced to “True Love” at their wedding. Their marriage lasted almost 62 years.

He had four children and was a proud “Poppy” to ten grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He welcomed a daughter-in-law and three son-in-laws into the family and treated them as if they were his own. Four nieces and two nephews enjoyed their “Uncle Jack.”

Dad’s idea of a great time was kicking back with the kids, celebrating their milestones and achievements. The Christmas trips he took with his wife and family to Maui, Aruba, Antigua and the Dominican Republic were cherished times for him.

Jack O’Reilly was a warm, kind, and funny man. Over his favorite raspberry martini, he loved telling jokes and stories with smile and a twinkle in his Irish blue eyes. He could light up a room with his laugh and people naturally gravitated to his charm. Jack was a beautiful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Everyone who was lucky enough to know him will dearly miss him.

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