Edward John O’Reilly passed away on February 27, 2016 surrounded by the high seas where he had spent most of his adult life. For the past 26 years he lived the life of a seaman beginning with a 9-year stint as a boatswain in the navy followed by a 17-year-long career as a helmsman in the merchant marine. At the time of his death, Edward had the distinction of ABS (Able Bodied Seaman).
Edward was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on May 13, 1961, the youngest of four children of Adeline St.Clair Page and Edward John O’Reilly. He spent most of his youth in northern California before heading off to a life of travelling the world by ship. He is survived by his three sisters, Mary O’Malley (and her husband Thomas), Susan O’Reilly, and Patricia O’Reilly and his step-father, Antonio Nafarrate. Edward is also survived by many U.S.-and-Canada-based aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom cherish the memory of this clever and creative soul. His nieces and nephews, Adeline, Katherine, Rachel, Tom, and David mourn his passing.
Edward was predeceased by both his mother and father as well as two uncles, Donald Page, and Wayne O’Reilly and his aunt, Margaret Page.
His loss prompts all who knew him to remember his wit and charm, his intellect and work ethic, and his yearning for a life of travel. Mostly, however, his passing reminds his friends and family of his love.
“I must go down to the seas again…and all I ask is a …quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.” ….John Masefield