Richard Reilly, a resident of Renee’s Way, East Hampton, and of Bayside, Queens, died at his East Hampton home on Saturday of an unexpected heart attack. He was 58.
Mr. Reilly spent over 15 years in the North Shore Long Island Jewish health system, serving as the deputy executive director of administration. He was said to be highly regarded by his peers and proud that the Syosset Hospital, which is part of the system, had on several occasions earned highest marks for care, cleanliness, and professionalism of the staff.
“Rich had a passion for life,” his family wrote.
He spent much of his time here sailing or working on his boat, and enjoyed spending time with his family and his cat, Rusty. He had an extensive music collection, and the family said his “knowledge of performers and music history was unmatched.”
Mr. Reilly was born in Washington Heights on Sept. 5, 1953, to John F. and Margaret Higgins Reilly, who are no longer alive. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens Village in 1971 and received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the State University at Oswego in 1975.
He and his wife, Gail, met in 2000 and were married in 2007. In addition to his wife, Mr. Reilly is survived by a stepdaughter, Nicole Uva of Norwalk, Conn., and a grandson, Christopher, “whom he cherished.” A sister, Patricia Reilly of Newton, Mass, also survives, as do three brothers, Charles Reilly of St. David’s, Pa., Thomas Reilly of Spring Lake, N.J., and James Reilly of Hampton, N.H. A sister, Arlene, and a brother, John Reilly, died before him.
Visiting hours were held yesterday at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel in Manhasset, with a Mass celebrating his life this morning at 10 a.m. at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Burial will follow at the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.
The family has suggested memorial donations to the Department of Hepatology, Att.: Dr. David Bernstein, North Shore University-Long Island Jewish, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset 11030.