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Paul Thomas O'Reilly

September 17, 1936 - November 22, 2022

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Obituary For Paul Thomas O'Reilly

O’Reilly, Paul Thomas of Belmont passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on November 22, 2022 at the age of 86. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of over 64 years Ann M. Neufell who was the love of his life; and their children, Paul D. O’Reilly and his wife, Betsey of Belmont and Beth Junkin and her husband Rob of Wayland. He was incredibly proud of his five grandchildren who he saw frequently; Paul Brendan, Justin, Lee, Reed and Callie.

Paul grew up in Watertown in a tight knit family of seven boys and one sister born to the late John and Margaret (Collins). He is survived by his brother James of Newton and the late Jack, Bobby, Joe, Richie, David and Mary Fahey as well as many nieces and nephews who enriched his life.

He attended St. Patricks and graduated from Watertown High School. He entered the US Marine Corp and served overseas before attending Bentley University. His time in the Marine Corp formed lifelong friendships and a foundation for his work ethic which carried him throughout his life. His biggest accomplishment after the Marines was opening his own CPA firm over 50 years ago which was extremely successful and had many loyal clients from the surrounding communities.

Paul was actively involved in the Charles J. Shutt detachment of Marine Corp League where he was past Commandant and recently received a lifetime achievement award. He was also the Vice President and Director of the Marine Corp League Foundation as well as a member of the National Marine Corp League Budget Committee. He was actively involved in many organizations including The Hibernians, the Fraternal Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles among others.

Paul was an avid golfer and active member and past president of Oakley Country Club, as well as Foxfire Country Club in Naples, FL and Cummaquid Golf Club in Yarmouth Port where he enjoyed many rounds of golf and many nightly card games with lifelong friends and was affectionately known as “Buddy Boy”.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Monday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and to his funeral mass on Tuesday at 11:30 am in St. Patrick Church. Please go directly to church, funeral home staff will be on Chestnut St., to assist with parking. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nashoba Learning Group, 170 Lexington Road, Billerica, MA 01821. Please visit devitofuneralhome.com to view an online guestbook.

Services

28 Nov

Visitation

03:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Watertown 761 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown, MA 02472 Get Directions »
29 Nov

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM

St. Patrick Church Main Street Watertown, MA 02472 Get Directions »
29 Nov

Burial

12:45 PM

Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Get Directions »
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  • 12/02/2022

    Ann, So sorry he will be missed. Kathy

  • 11/29/2022

    My deepest sympathies to the O'Reilly family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Paul always brought laughter and good times to all the MCL events. He will be missed. Terri Laskey

  • 11/28/2022

    Paul, you left a beautiful legacy. Thankyou for serving in the military. Thank you for raising an incredible son, who gave me sweet Justin!!! Your life and the man you were, is one that this world needs more of!!! ❤️

  • 11/28/2022

    You always made me smile, your marriage to your sweet wife, your family, your accounting firm, you have left a huge impact on me and thousands of others. Thank you for serving in the military. Thank you for giving us your son, you raised him to be a kind, generous man!! I will miss you

  • 11/27/2022

    Dear Paul & Beth, Sorry to read of your Dad's passing. He was a joy to know and share many laughs together. God speed to him. Slainte! John Gilligan

  • 11/27/2022

    Ann & Family Joyce and I are so very sorry for your loss. Paul and I met in 1954 at Camp Lejeune, where we both were attending Radio School to become Radio Telegrapher Operators. After we graduated, we both were assigned to 2nd Division, 8th Marine Regiment, H&S Company, Communications Platoon. We became friends, and went through a lot of things together. Although it's been 68 years, memories of Paul are still so vivid. Those memories I will cherish forever. Semper Fi, PT. Jim Albert

  • 11/27/2022

    Dear Buddy Boy I will always remember your kindness and welcoming as a young Marine just back from Vietnam in the late 60's. Participating in many events and services through The years with you was a pleasure you left quite a Legacy for us all to follow. Semper fidelis Robert (Bobby) DeLuca,Sr.

  • 11/25/2022

    Our sympathay goes to the entire O'Reilly family for the loss of their beloved Paul O'Reilly. The O'Reillys' were the first family I met, when I moved to my Watertown home over 64 years ago,. Our backyards faced each other. I no sooner moved in, when I met the family, as Paul's sister Mary (now deceased) became my best friend. We remained such throughout the years. Jimmy, David, Mary and I were close in age, and spent many of our teen days together at the O' Reilly home, where they lived with their mother, Margaret and father, John, who was the Fire Chief, at the time. While in my teen years, I used to baby sit for Paul and Anne's Children, at their Watertown home, and when my daughter, Michele became a teen, she worked several years, during tax season, for Paul at his Belmont tax office. We would see the older brothers, on Holidays, at gathering, but mostly on their visits to see their Mom and Dad. Their home was always bustling. The O'Reilly family has a special place in my heart. The last place I saw Pul was recently, at the newly renovated Demos Restaurant, in Watertown Square. Paul, may you rest in peace, among the Angels. You will be truly missed. Until we meet again. Please hug Mary for me. Love, Elaine Grey, and Family

  • 11/24/2022

  • 11/24/2022

    Condolences to all of Paul's family and friends. Paul was my landlord and friend for eleven years (84-95). He was a true gentleman and a good friend. Sincerely Brian Matheson.

  • 11/23/2022

    Paul and I met in January 1954 at Marine Corps "boot camp" with the "All Boston" Platoon (Plt. 66) at Parris Island, SC. After graduation, we went to Radio-Telegraph school together at Camp Lejeune, and later both of us served with the 8th Marines, including a deployment in 1956 with the 6th Fleet to the Mediterranean during the Suez Crisis. After returning to civilian life, we even studied at Bentley together. In 1959, Paul recruited me to be a charter member of the Shutt Detachment, Marine Corps League, and our friendship continued to this day. Over the years my career took me around the country, so we saw each other only infrequently. Nevertheless, we always had a wonderful time together, as it truly is with old friends. I always called him "PT" (his initials). Why? When I first asked his name he replied, "PT O'Reilly!" I asked what the "PT" stood for, and he answered, "pretty tough". Paul's tenure may have been one of the longest in the history of the Marine Corps League, starting in 1959 as a Charter Member of the Charles J. Shutt Detachment #139 in Watertown, Massachusetts. The Shutt Detachment, in my opinion, ranks as one of the best anywhere, much of its success due to Paul's leadership and vision. He left many legacies... Sadly, I just learned of Paul's illness this week. His cancer proved even too tough for him. He now joins the "old" Shutt Detachment guys: Bernie Bradley, Joe Shutt, Joe Tardif, Norm Gallagher and a host of others who started the detachment. (Someone will have a deck of cards.) We will sorely miss our old friend! I'll close by saying, Well Done, Paul! Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ann and his entire family. RIP Marine! Edmund Poole Andersson Taylors, SC

  • 11/23/2022

    Miss you Buddy!! Thanks for all the Love and support over the years. Until we meet again. Love, Barbie❤️

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