Richard T. (Dick) Reilly, age 85, beloved husband of the late Loretta Reilly, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2019 with his children by his bedside, after his hard-fought battle with lung cancer. Dick was born on Feb. 17, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY. and was the first child of the late Violet and James Reilly. He grew up briefly in NYC, before the family moved to the Hamden area and here he would remain well into his adult life. Before graduating from Hamden High School in 1954, Dick served his country honorably during the Korean War (1950 – 52) while serving in the 43rd Infantry of the Army. Later he married the “love of his life” Loretta Maffei, also from Hamden and then graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1958.
He started a successful career working for both Cott Soda & Canada Dry as a plant manager, followed by a 2nd career with BFI, Waste Management Inc. and Latella Waste Management. In 2007 he retired to pursue his other life enjoyments including playing golf, traveling, and watching his beloved Quinnipiac sports teams with his dear friend Anne Balogh. He was a devoted husband, father, and uncle who cherished his time spent with family. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by his brother Robert, of North Haven and his children Kevin (Linda) of Council, ID, Erin (Alastair) of Madison, Jennifer (Steve) of Yardley, PA, Loretta of Aston, PA & daughter-in-law Carrie Marrero of Lansdale, PA. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Natasha, Matt, Caroline, Jarel, Stevie, Jenae, Michael, Tyler, & Gabriella, his great grandchildren Alex, Emily, & Orion and all of his nieces & nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Howard, James, & Raymond, sister Brenda, and son Robert Marrero.
Visitation hours will be held between 12-1:00 pm followed by a memorial service at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name may be made to Quinnipiac University at
As Richard was fond of saying to family & friends alike, “Keep the Faith…”