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A Funeral Mass for Richard “Richie” O’Reilly will be held on Tuesday January 30, 2024, at 10 AM in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St. Watertown.
Mr. O’Reilly was born in Boston to Catherine A. (McCarthy) O’Reilly and the late Joseph O’Reilly. Richie passed away after a 15-month battle with cancer on January 22, 2024. He was 63.
Richie was a beloved member of the O’Reilly family. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin. He had an infectious laugh and smile and loved to be with his family. He enjoyed traveling to Ireland, and across the United States but Yarmouth, MA always held a special place in his heart. There are many special family memories on Cape Cod throughout his lifetime. After our Dad’s passing, Richie continued on with many of his traditions. Richie made every holiday special for his nieces and nephew and was at every event in their lives. He regularly spent time with Mom and would do anything to support her. Richie was a brother one could call when times were tough or when you just needed to talk. He celebrated everyone’s accomplishments and was so proud of all his family, friends and colleagues. He always called Rutland St. home and it was only fitting that was where he was when the Lord called him home.
Richie was a proud graduate of Watertown High School. After high school he earned his bachelors degree from Brandeis University and went on the earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the New England School of Law.
Richie was an avid Boston sports fan, and was always up for a night at the Garden or Fenway Park. He was also known for impromptu road trips to various baseball parks to enjoy a random game. He hosted many memorable Super Bowl parties long before the Patriots were contenders. Richie was a golf enthusiast, clubs consistently at the ready to hit the links whether it be a local course, jaunts to Myrtle Beach, or heading to the greens of Ireland. While travelling for work, he would seek out area golf courses to enjoy a round or two. One of the aspects of the game he enjoyed most was the comradery and shenanigans of being with his good buddies. Richie was a proud member of the Lowell Park Athletic Association (LPAA). He always enjoyed a good time.
After law school Richie started out practicing as a self-employed attorney working alongside his Uncle Jim Fahey, Robert Menton and his cousin-in-law Tim McGoldrick. He enjoyed working with many local community members representing them in various aspects of the law.
For the past 12 years Richie worked at the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) as a National Union Representative. During his time at NAGE and among other things, Richie negotiated union contracts for municipalities across the Nation. He especially loved traveling and relished his work with members in Idaho where he was able to successfully negotiate meaningful language and cost of living raises for NAGE members over the years.
Richie moved to California for a few months where he worked on organizing campaigns, handling union elections and assisting in establishing new locals for EMTS and paramedics throughout California. His work there was helpful in gaining hundreds of new members for NAGE.
Richie was always there to assist at NAGE in any capacity and had a great mind and ability to do anything he was called upon. He enjoyed representing members across Massachusetts state government, ranging from discipline hearings, protecting members rights on the job and avoiding layoffs and terminations. He also walked picket lines in support of our brother and sister unions and worked on many political campaigns for candidates that supported NAGE members and labor. Nothing made him prouder than when he worked with NAGE on his niece Emily Izzo’s campaign for District D City Councilor in Watertown. Richie was a true labor leader and a zealous advocate for his members.
When NAGE notified all staff of Richie’s passing an outpouring of support swelled with hundreds of notes, calls, and emails from NAGE members nationwide about how Richie helped them in their time of need and that he was always there for them whenever they had any issue. He is beloved by all NAGE staff and NAGE was like a second family to Rich. All agree, Richie always had a smile on his face, was happy to see you and wanted to know how you were doing. He was kind, funny, genuine and loved working with everyone at NAGE. He will be truly missed.
He was the beloved son of Catherine A. (McCarthy) O’Reilly & the late Joseph O’Reilly. Loving brother of Joseph O’Reilly, Jr. & his wife Jeanne of Sharon and Catherine Izzo & her husband Peter of Watertown. Caring uncle of Emily & Mary Izzo and Klaudia, Corey, Nicole O’Reilly.
Funeral from the MacDonald Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St. Watertown Tuesday Jan. 30, at 9 AM followed by Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick 212 Main St., Watertown at 10 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 PM. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richie O’Reilly to support Dr. Charlene Mantia’s research at Dana-Farber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at www.dana-farber.org/gift
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168, Boston MA 02284