John Reilly

Obituary of John "Tom" Reilly

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John Thomas “Tom” Reilly, 89, of Rome, NY passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 20, 2023.  Born August 4, 1934, in Rome, NY, he was the son of John F. Reilly and Jane V. Cassidy Reilly. Tom attended St. Aloysius Academy of Rome, NY.  He was united in marriage to Nancy C. Button on July 14, 1956, in a ceremony at St. Mary’s Church, Rome, NY.  The two shared a wonderful life together and a blessed union of 67 years. 

Tom was the owner of Reilly’s King Kole Restaurant of Rome, NY where he proudly served his loyal customers fine food and ice cream while providing a fun place to make everlasting memories.  He was also a successful salesman for Perretta Candy, Herkimer Wholesale, and Scheidelman’s for 25 years.

Tom was a former Vice President of the Rome Jaycees, a former President of the St. Peters Men’s Club, and was involved for several years with the Fort Stanwix Hockey Association.  He was also an honorary life member of Knights of Columbus and a dedicated member of St. Peter’s - St. Mary’s Church of Rome, NY where he proudly served as an usher.

He enjoyed watching basketball and hockey on television and was an avid Syracuse fan. He had a beautiful Lionel Train and miniature village collection that he proudly displayed for all to see. Above all, Tom was a dedicated, caring, and loving husband, father, and grandfather.  Always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.  His life revolved around his children and grandchildren always attending their many basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, softball games, and various school musical events. His family will miss his keen Irish wit, kind heart, and always present warm smile.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Button Reilly; his sons Tom (Cathy) Reilly and Peter Reilly (Tessa Gebo); his daughters Debbie (Edward) Marsh Jr. and Amy Filer (Rich Galluppi); a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Gail Reilly; his grandchildren Edward III and Glen Marsh, Kevin and Seamus Reilly, Shea and David Reilly, and Zachary Filer; several cherished nieces and nephews, and beloved cousin Beth Cohen. He was predeceased by his parents John F. Reilly and Jane V. Cassidy Reilly and his brothers Michael (Sharon) Reilly and William (Jane) Reilly.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 4 - 6 PM at Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 9 AM at St. Peter’s Church, Rome, NY.  Interment will take place in the Spring at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s honor can be made to St. Peter’s - St. Mary’s Church Memorial Fund or Hospice Care.  The family would also like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful staff of both Rome Health and the Hospice organization for the amazing compassion and care they provided to Tom and the entire family.


Calling Hours

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home
7751 Merrick Rd
Rome, New York, United States
(315) 336-6360

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 am
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
St. Peter's Church
200 North James Street
Rome, New York, United States

Burial in the Spring

St. Peter's Cemetery
E. Dominick Street
Rome, New York, United States
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