Michael “Mike” O’Reilly

Published 1:47 pm Monday, May 29, 2017

CARROLLTON — Michael “Mike” O’Reilly, 58, passed away on May 19, 2017. Mike was born to Valerie O’Reilly and the late Laurence O’Reilly in Philadelphia, Pa., on Dec. 1, 1958. He was raised in Scotch Plains, N.J. and graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School. After high school, Mike joined the U.S. Navy, married, and had four beautiful children.

He had many vocations over the years including corpsman in the U.S. Navy, business owner, baker at the Smithfield Inn, and ship designer and planner at Newport News Shipbuilding and various subcontractors. In his spare time, he also did graphic design work. He was especially honored to do the cover and design for local author, Douglas William’s book, “Baseball’s Fallen Angel.”

Mike had a passion for woodworking and had a successful business building Adirondack chairs. He was affectionately known as “The Chair Guy” and had customers throughout the region, including True Value in Grafton.

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One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren. Mike also enjoyed being a part of the Smithfield community and was well known and loved by many. He could be seen around town with Bailey, his beloved beagle, always wearing one of his endless supply of Smithfield Music T-shirts. Mike was an avid fan of the “Antiques Roadshow” and got his two seconds of fame on a recent edition of the show.

Mike will live on in our memories and in others. His last act of kindness was being an organ donor to enhance the quality of life of others.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Laurence O’Reilly and sister-in-law, Isabella O’Reilly. He is survived by mother, Valerie O’Reilly; brothers, Laurence, Gregory, Stephen and sisters, Janice and Mary. He is survived by four children; son, Michael O’Reilly Jr. of Carrollton; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew O’Reilly and Lashonda O’Reilly of Florida; son, Brian O’Reilly in the Midwest; daughter, Catherine O’Reilly of Carrollton; significant other of 17 years, Linda Conroy of Carrollton; beloved dogs, Bailey and Lucy; four grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and best friend, Lisa Jordan Lofland of Carrollton.

A Celebration of Life will be held July 16, 4 – 7 p.m., at the Smithfield Inn, 112 Main St., Smithfield. Visit http://tributes.com/Michael-OReilly-Carrollton to post condolences. As a Navy veteran, Mike will be buried in the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. A military ceremony is planned on or around July 17. Check http://tributes.com/Michael-OReilly-Carrollton for date and time.