2017-01-05 / Front Page

Educator’s sudden death shocks community

By Robert Fucci


Millbury resident and educator Tom Reilly is seen holding his granddaughter. 
Courtesy photo Millbury resident and educator Tom Reilly is seen holding his granddaughter. Courtesy photo Tom Reilly, a longtime and respected educator for Millbury Public Schools, and an often controversial columnist for The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Reilly was an English Language Arts teacher at Millbury Jr./Sr. High School since 2004, teaching such courses as Advanced Placement English, Honors English and journalism.

Specifics of Reilly’s passing were unknown as of press time. In his two columns last year dated June 23 and 30, he detailed his heart surgery for blocked arteries.

Superintendent Greg Myers said the district, especially those who worked with Reilly at the high school, was hurting.

“He was an underdog for the kids,” Myers said Tuesday, Jan. 3. “The faculty here is really shaken.”

Myers added that counselors were brought in to the high school to help with the shock of the news.

“Everyone is definitely hurting,” he said. “We’ll be processing this for the next couple of weeks.”

Prior to joining MHS, Reilly was an assistant vice president at the State Street Corporation in Boston for 16 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He also spent 12 years teaching at Northeastern University on a part-time basis, where he taught composition, literature and technical writing.

He worked for The Millbury- Sutton Chronicle as a columnist and reporter since 1999, and won a Serious Columnist award (third place) from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2014.

Reilly’s calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at Mulhane Home for Funeral in Millbury. His funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp EAGR c/o Michael Radell 1650 South Ave., Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14620.

As word of his passing quickly spread, followers, friends and former students of Reilly commented in shock and sadness over his passing via social media and email.

Twitter

Renee Francolino (@ReneeFrancolino)
Rest in the sweetest peace Mr. Reilly. So thankful to have
had you as a teacher & will forever miss the humor you
brought into any room

NaffFeed (@Chris_ Naff)
Millbury lost a great man. I’m so terribly sad. #RIP

Zack (hidencougar)
Damn.. one of the few classes i had looked forward to in
school.. definitely had a huge impact in that school

Ryan Ward (@rwardo12)
RIP Mr. Reilly, thank you for helping me throughout
high school, I’ll never forget it

Anthony Gabriella (A_ Gabriella08)
Great guy, sad time for the town RIP Mr. Reilly!

Makenna (@makecherryy)
Oh my God

Jennnyy (@jenny_ Dorz)
RIP Mr. Reilly, you never gave up on me and you were
one of the best English teachers I’ve had.

Kaylee (@kayleemlambert)
rip mr. reilly. Thank you for all your support through the
years & helping me improve tremendously in english. you
will be missed terribly

Veronic Hill$ (@linzcrain1)
So sad to hear this

Dakota Miller (@DakotaMillerr)
RIP Mr. Reilly, you were always one of my favorite
teachers

luke (@luke369)
RIP to a great guy. Will be very much missed in Millbury
Public Schools and all he did for the town.

State Sen. Michael Moore (@SenMikeMoore)
Very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Always looked
forward to his columns. Tom will be deeply missed by the
entire community.

Trenton Cano (@trentoncano)
Rest In Peace to one of my favorite teachers who never
failed to put a smile on anyone’s face. You will forever be
missed Mr. Reilly

The Cool Phil Dunphy (@AidanRich22)
Rest In Peace Mr Reilly, probably the nicest teacher
in the entire school, and always cared about his students.
Heaven got a great angel

Poly-gamous (@PollyHollandx)
Rest In Peace, Mr. Reilly. Thanks for always being my
number one fan and putting up with me through high
school.

BS (@stowellb)
A great, great man. You will be missed Tom.

The Queens Cups (@QueensCups)
Such sad sad news RIP Mr. Reilly. You will be greatly
missed

Via email

Jim Smith, Sutton town administrator Tom Reilly was a true professional. He has a great sense of humor and was dedicated to getting to the truth. My thoughts go out to his wife and family and all the students that were privileged to have Tom as a Teacher. He will be missed.

Scott Despres, Millbury selectman Tom was a community servant for Millbury and Sutton. Whether I agreed with his opinion or not, he spoke of what he believed in and he was a wealth of information. Millbury has lost a voice and someone who was a visible part of Millbury.

Mary Krumsiek, Millbury selectman He will be missed. His words could be sharp but I considered him my friend.

Facebook

Carrie Guyan How horrible, such an amazing man...prayers to his family

Sue Violette Very sad.. Rest In Peace Mr Reilly.

Jen Belisle O’Connell Devastating. Demonstrative of the impact one person can have. Such an incredible loss for Millbury and Sutton.

Sharon Davolio Omg! Prayers

Erica Lara Oh my goodness Great teacher and man!! Rip Mr. Reilly

Marsha Bubon So very sad. Prayers for his family. The town truly loss a great man. May He rest in Peace

Jessi Lynn Billington RIP Mr Reilly!! You were the best English teacher ever!

Millbury Booster Club The membership of the Millbury Booster Club would like to offer its collective condolences to the family and friends of Tom Reilly, MHS English teacher and longtime columnist for the Millbury Sutton Chronicle, who passed away this morning. Mr. Reilly was the voice booming over the loudspeaker at many of our athletic contests, be it football, volleyball, or basketball. Dedicated to his students and the MHS community as a whole, his loss creates a void that will not be easily filled. Our hearts are heavy at your passing. Rest In Peace Tom.

Alex Jozefowski: I am saddened by the news. I read his column every week. My condolences to his family and friends.

Walter Swenson: Sending prayers to the family at this time of their loss.

Daniel Girard Jr: What a shame, may he R.I.P., he was a voice for this community for a long time.

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