Raymond Charles Reilly 80, of the Villages, FL passed away on February 2nd, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. Raymond was born in Saratoga Springs, NY to Raymond Reilly and Eleanor (Jagareski) Reilly on September 17th, 1942.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carol (Penney) Reilly; his daughters Colleen Reilly, Catherine (Reilly) Irizarry, son-in-law Luis Irizarry, his sons Michael Reilly, David Fingar, Robert Fingar, and daughter-in-law Noemi Fingar, his 10 grandchildren, his sister Marianne Reilly (Jim Langendorfer) and Elaine Reinhart and many nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School, Albany, NY in 1960.
At the age of 17 he began volunteering at the Westmere Fire Department where he was later promoted to Lieutenant.
In 1962 he graduated from the Local 117 Carpenters Union Apprentice Program. He worked as an Apprentice and was promoted to Carpenter Foreman and later Superintendent of Construction for Sano Rubin Construction Co. in Albany, NY until 1970.
In 1969 he became a Police Officer for Albany Police Department in Albany, NY.
In June 1970, he graduated from the New York State Police Academy and entered the Division of the State Police. He was a Trooper in the Troop F with New York State Police in Catskill.
On February 3rd, 1976, he met his wife, Carol. They were married on February 4th, 1979. They were together for 47 years and married for 44 years. Raymond and his wife, Carol shared a wonderful life together. Raymond proudly constructed a beautiful home for his wife and family on 5 acres in the Catskill Mountains.
On June 2nd, 1983, Raymond was promoted to the rank of Investigator where he was then assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for State Police Kingston. During his career he attained numerous certifications in various fields relating to law enforcement and investigation.
Throughout his career Raymond received many awards and superior accolades for his dedication, contribution and accomplishments working for the New York State Troopers.
On November 11th, 1989, he retired to Florida after 20 years of service.
Raymond and his family moved to Palm Bay, FL where he and his wife, Carol were the successful owners and operators of Rac’s Gifts Inc. from 1991 until selling their business in 1998. They then spent time enjoying the open road and going on trips with great friends on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.
He later worked as the Forensic Investigator for the Medical Examiner’s Office in Brevard County from 2000 until 2004 where he continued to be of great service.
After leaving the Medical Examiner’s Office Raymond and his wife Carol shared in their love of travel together by travelling the United States in their RV. During their travels they made two loops around the US spending time in Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains and many more.
In 2009 they moved to the Villages, FL. where he worked for Palmer Legends as an Ambassador until 2012. Raymond enjoyed playing golf and made many wonderful friends here.
Raymond was known for his witty sense of humor, remarkable career accomplishments and integrity for doing “the right thing” as he would say. He always made time for his friends and family to lend a hand, an ear or to be of sound advice. He was a true protector of his family. He often said, that his greatest accomplishment was his family and how proud he was of his children, grandchildren and most notably the 47 years shared with the love of his life, Carol.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2023. at 11:00am at St. Vincent DePaul Church at 5323 E. County Rd. 462, Wildwood, FL 34785.
5323 E. County Rd. 462, Wildwood, FL 34785.
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