William E. Reilly, 89
Sept. 21, 1929 -- March 8, 2019
William Eugene Reilly, age 89, passed away on March 8, 2019, in
Bill was born in Chicago, Ill., to Thomas Eugene and Margaret Mary
Reilly on Sept. 21, 1929. Bill proudly grew up in Saint Sabina Parish in
Chicago. He graduated from St. Leoís High School and, after serving in
the U.S. Army, graduated from Loyola University.
Bill was a successful insurance professional beginning with The Hartford
Insurance Co. Although he moved often for his career, he always
considered Milwaukee his home.
Bill was the consummate athlete, playing competitive basketball and golf
throughout his life. As a sports fan, he enthusiastically followed the
Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers, showing his support at
many games. This included the Rose Bowl in 1999 and the Ice Bowl in
1967. He was a longtime member of the Milwaukee Athletic Club.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Connie of 41 years, his sister Sis
Goss (James), brothers-in-law Martin Roache (Mary) and Ned Roache
(Norma) and sister-in-law Maura Steed (Jerry). Also surviving Bill are
his adult children Bill (Karen), Karen, Timothy (Claudia), Judith
(Frank), John (Jo), Matthew (Angela) and Daniel (Sara) and stepchildren
Phillip (Eileen), Scott (Tracy), Geoffrey (Kathy), Jennifer and Douglas
(Kelly). Loving father, attentive grandfather and proud
great-grandfather, Bill is survived by many grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who they fondly remember as
PopPop and Nono Billy.
Bill was predeceased by his former wife Patricia, brothers Thomas and
Joseph and stepson Bradley.
Bill was a devout Irish Catholic, proud of his heritage and an active
church parishioner, spending time volunteering as a CCD teacher. Bill
was also a grateful friend of Bill W.ís for 39 years.
A gathering is planned on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. with a
memorial Mass immediately following at 11 a.m. at Old St. Maryís
Catholic Church, 844 N. Broadway in Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, a
tree will be planted at the New Day Club. Donations may be made in
Billís honor to New Day Club, 11936 N. Port Washington Road., Mequon, WI
The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers at the Harrison
House in Cedarburg and the Lawlis Hospice Center at St. Maryís Hospital
in Ozaukee County.
Arrangements are being handled by Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory.
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