William F. Reilly
Feb. 1, 1932- July 6, 2007
Bill Reilly returned home Friday, July 6, 2007, after a rich, rewarding life.
Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret 'Peggy' (nee OﾕNeill) Reilly, whom he married Aug. 20, 1955, and their children, Tom (Mary) Reilly, Kevin Reilly, Shawn Reilly, The Honorable Paul (Kristin) Reilly, Kate (Bruce) Dawson, Dan (Renee) Reilly, Rosemary Reilly, Molly Reilly, Patrick OﾕNeill Reilly, Dr. Rudye King and family, Ingrid Daley and family, and Alberto Van Gurp and family. He is further survived by his brothers, Tim Reilly, Mike (Barb) Reilly, Pat (Jeanette) Reilly; his sister, Rosemary Rutte; and grandchildren, John, Maggie, Colin, Pierce, Ashley, Gena, Brynne, Isabelle, Cailyn, Morgan, Hannah, Robbie, Iseabal, Siusie, Liam, Gwen, Olivia, Sean and Charlotte.
Bill was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Milwaukee, graduated with a degree in business in 1953 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and from Marquette University Law School in 1955. Bill was proud of his Irish heritage and was a dual citizen with the Republic of Ireland and a member of the Emerald Society and numerous other service organizations.
Bill practiced law for more than 50 years. Billﾕs greatest gift to the profession was his call for collegiality among the bar. Bill found no greater satisfaction than engaging in zealous and professional representation in the courtroom followed by a beer and a laugh with his opponent.
Bill and Dick Hippenmeyer founded the Hippenmeyer & Reilly Law firm in the early 1960s. Their mentoring of young lawyers has resulted in the creation of numerous prominent law firms in Waukesha County.
Bill was a member of the American College of Trial Attorneys, a fellow of the Wisconsin Bar Foundation, past president of the Waukesha County Bar Association and past member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin. Bill was recently honored by the Waukesha County Bar Association as its Distinguished Member.
Billﾕs most enjoyable and rewarding association was being a member of the Four Nations for the past 40 years. He will miss his friends at Merrill Hills, even the ppp gin players. Bill will forever be proud of the lessons he taught at Merrill Hills.
Bill lived his personal, professional and family life with the maxim that happiness in life is defined by the friends one keeps. He treated his friends as family and his family as friends. Fr. Paul and Ody met Bill on the tee with a new set of clubs.
Visitation for Bill will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, July 10, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at St. Maryﾕs Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Private interment will take place at St. Josephﾕs Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donorﾕs choice.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or visit www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.