PORTLAND - William Reilly III, 58, passed peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Gosnell House in Scarborough, Maine. He was born on July 2, 1960 in Bennington, Vermont, the son of the late William and Mary Reilly.
Bill attended St. Joseph's Parish School and Deering High School in Portland, Maine, class of 1978.
After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp proudly serving as a Helicopter Mechanic. Following an honorable discharge, Bill began work at Seltzer and Rydholm Distributors, the predecessor of Pepsi Bottling Group, a position he enjoyed for more than thirty-two years. Bill pursued many passions in life. Bill married his SweetJane, Jane Maureen Grant, in October 1987. Connoisseurs of music, Bill and Jane sought adventure traveling to concerts of their favorite bands wherever that might be. Bill was such a music aficionado his life changed when he heard relevant riffs. Devoted to family and friends, Bill directed his compassion and zeal into actions large and small. Memories abound of family gatherings in the Berkshires and Washington D.C. After twenty one years of marriage, Bill lost the love of his life in November 2008. Ever Semper Fi, Bill soldiered forward. Good fortune blessed him to find love again. Bill’s Belle, sweet Michele, turned his eye to find sunshine anew. Michele and her Rain Man found beauty in the simple joys of life. Ever the first born child, Bill set an example in his willful perseverance always full of mirth. His love and empathy will be missed by all.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife Jane Reilly, son Michael Fournier, sister, Maureen Shea and brother Kevin Reilly.
Bill is survived by fiancée Michele Sturgeon, son Chad Egeland, mother LuLu Mae Sturgeon, daughter MaryAnne McNally and husband Allen, son Michael Malone and partner Nicole Theodore, Brothers Thomas Reilly and wife Linda, Michael Shea, David Reilly, Jonathan Henry and wife Lisa, Peter Reilly, Mark Reilly and wife Stacey; Sister Kathleen Reilly, and partner Eben Chadwick; Granddaughters Miranda Edwards, Meghan Thomas and husband Derek, Grandson Grant Malone; Nephews, Thomas Garnett, Timothy Shea, Joshua Reilly and Nathaniel Henry; Nieces, Jessica Lynch, Marion Shea and Brianna Henry, Great grandsons Jordon and Dylan Edwards, Great Granddaughter Sarah Thomas
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Church 673 Stevens Ave, Portland, on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at Deering Memorial VFW Post 6859, 687 Forest Avenue Portland,
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