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Philip S Reilly M.D.

April 29, 1934 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Philip Reilly M.D. Obituary

Philip S. Reilly, M.D.

Philip Shea Reilly, M.D. of Osterville, MA passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2024 just shy of his 90th birthday. He was surrounded by his sons Brian Reilly, Phil Reilly Jr., and his sister Carol Reilly. 

A favorite quotation of Phil’s from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi seems to best capture the spirit of how he lived his life. “The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field or endeavor”, whether it was his marriage, family, friends, religion, profession or sports and interests, he engaged fully, with determination, endless curiosity, and selflessness.

Born on April 29th, 1934 to John Francis Reilly and Kathryn Shea Reilly, he was raised in Lowell, MA where he played on the varsity high school basketball and football teams. Always a fierce competitor, two highlights for him were playing in the Gator Bowl in 1949 as the Division 1 State Champs and winning the New England Catholic Youth Organization basketball championship. 

Phil went on to graduate from Dartmouth College in 1955 where he was a member, and then President of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  He played on the interfraternity basketball and football teams and also served on the interfraternity Judicial Committee.  Having had a variety of jobs throughout high school and college, it was not until late in his sophomore year that he realized that medicine and the caring for others was his calling.

He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and conducted his residency at Boston City Hospital in surgery.  He served as a Major in the US Air Force Reserves in the late 1960s while in the midst of practicing as a general surgeon for 40 years at Norwood Hospital. While there, he was a member of countless committees, a Trustee, elected Chief of the Department of Surgery, and is credited with introducing various advanced laparoscopic procedures along with his partners during his tenure.  He also held the title of Chief of Surgery at Milton Hospital where he began practicing in 1997.  Many will remember him as the “always available” doctor, guide and physician for his entire extended family and for many who wanted medical advice from a trusted and pragmatic friend. 

Married for over 66 years to the love of his life, his wife Joan Murphy Reilly, they put family first and showered each other and their two boys, Philip and Brian with love, warmth and laughter. They dedicated their lives to their children and were wonderful role models...present, motivating and disciplined.  At age 40, they also became guardians to Joan’s niece and nephews, Ted O’Sullivan, Joan O’Brien and Tom O’Brien - always there with love, support and advice.

A favorite part of Phil’s life was spent in Osterville, on Cape Cod.  A long-time member at the Oyster Harbors Club, Phil was an accomplished golfer who won the Senior Club Championship, countless other tournaments, and scored two hole-in-ones. Endlessly honing his game, his wedge and putting skills around the green were said to have “surgical precision”.  And, there was never a more competitive and accomplished duo in weekend tournaments than when he and his brother, Tom Reilly, teamed up. His passion for sport and competition may only be surpassed by his enjoyment in attending his grandchildren’s games where he was a constant and eager supporter.

When Phil was not on the golf course he also liked to sail, enjoyed dinners with friends and family, and was a life-long learner.  His curiosity was boundless and spanned a dizzying number of interests.  Rarely was Phil without a book, medical journal and eventually his laptop.  He loved history, could easily conjugate Latin verb tenses to his children’s dismay, and was an early adopter of all sorts of technology...having most recently bought an Apple watch with every available function.

Phil was the classic “community doctor.” His immediate family was frequently stopped most anywhere and happily endured stories of Phil’s patients who lauded his bedside manner and commitment to their well-being.  While “doing for others” was important to him, he also enjoyed sarcastically teasing those closest to him, and took particular joy in playing good-natured jokes on his brothers. As evidenced by his niece “Phil made everyone happier when he was around.”

Phil is survived by his wife, Joan Murphy Reilly of Needham, MA, his son Brian J. Reilly and his wife Erica of Medfield, MA, his son Philip S. Reilly, Jr and his wife Kelly of London, UK, his sister Carol Ann Reilly of Chelmsford, MA, his brother Thomas J. Reilly and his wife Noberta of Wayland, MA, his stepbrother Frank E. Maguire and his wife Anne of Phoenix, AZ, and his nephews Ted O‘Sullivan and his wife Kem of Falmouth, MA, Tom O’Brien and his wife Lauri of Madison, NJ, and his niece Joan O’Brien, of Northampton, MA. Grampa or Poppa will also be sorely missed by his 6 grandchildren Connor Reilly, Morgan Reilly, Brooke Reilly, Jack Reilly, Annie Reilly and Henry Reilly.  Phil was pre-deceased by his brother Jack and his wife Elaine of Lowell, MA and his brother David and wife Janet of Peterborough, NH.

There will not be calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the American Stroke Association at www.stroke.org or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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