Richard A. Reilly (fondly known as “Dick” or “Dicky”), 83, of Naples, FL, passed away on the morning of December 25, 2018. Dick was born on August 11, 1935 in New Haven CT, the son of Joseph Anthony Reilly and Marie Manns Reilly. Dick was the middle of three sons, older brother Jeff and younger brother Bobby. The family relocated to West Haven CT and Dick graduated from West Haven High School in 1954. Dick then attended Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he met the love of his life (and wife of 56 years), Ellen Green. After graduating from WC in 1958 with a BA in Economics, Dick spent the next 12 months in the US Army Reserves at Fort Dix, NJ. After Ellen graduated the couple was wed on June 27, 1959. The couple soon relocated to San Francisco, CA where Dick began his career with early stints at Dun & Bradstreet and C & H Sugar. A son, Michael, was born in 1963 followed by a daughter, Maureen, two years later. In 1972, Dick was recruited by Pepsi Co. and the couple moved back to the East Coast. Along with Dick’s favorite dog, Sandy, the couple raised their young family in Carmel, NY over the next 20 years.
Dick earned an Executive MBA from New York University and became a senior financial executive and cash management specialist. He held various senior positions in the treasury teams at Hess Oil, Norton Simon Incorporated, US Tobacco and _____, before finally retiring from March and McLennan in 1995. Upon retirement, Dick and Ellen split their time between Branford, CT and Easton, MD before permanently retiring to Naples, Fl in 2000.
Dick was an avid sports fan and athlete – he played high school football, ran track in college, played tennis throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and eventually took up golf which became a passion in his later years. Dick was also an active volunteer in the community. He served as a docent for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD and a team leader for Habitat for Humanity of Collier Count, FL.
Dick is survived by his daughter, Maureen Reilly of Seattle, WA and his son, Michael Reilly of Westminster, MD, together with Mike’s wife Cindy and their daughters Katie and Edie; and by his older brother, Jeffrey M. Reilly of Branford, CT and his wife, Marie.
Dick always felt that Washington College was the starting point for his great life so a memorial service is being planned there for late May.