Michael L. Reilly II - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Michael L. Reilly II

November 27, 1945 - March 5, 2016

Michael L. Reilly II passed away at Christiana Hospital on Saturday, March 5, 2016 after a short illness.

He was born in Wilmington, DE on November 27, 1945 to the late Michael E. Reilly and Doris J. White Reilly of Carney’s Point, NJ. He graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1968 in the Sea Bees Division. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ruth T. Reilly and three children, Kathryn Reilly, Michael Reilly, Carrie Reilly Stabosz and her husband Walter. He is also survived by grandchildren, Lucaas Reilly, Kaleigh Reilly, Charlotte Stabosz, Cordelia Stabosz, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and twin sister Kathleen Reilly Lowid.

Michael worked as a Union Ironworker and then spent 26 years at General Chemical as a Rigger before retiring in 2013 from Fluor as a Rigging Safety Inspector.

Michael was a member of Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Co. since 1977. He was a Life Member and served as Chief in 1992. He held several other offices within the fire company over the years including Deputy Chief, and member of the Board of Directors. He was awarded the honor of Chief Emeritus in 2013.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the doctors and staff of the Christiana Hospital ER, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Co. Ambulance crew and New Castle County Paramedics.

A visitation will be held on Sunday evening, March 13, 2016 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, 19720. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am, Monday morning, March 14, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, 19720. Interment will be held at 1:00 pm in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE, 19701.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 645, New Castle, DE,19720, or the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE, 19899.


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14 Condolences for Michael L. Reilly II

  • I cannot begin to express the heartfelt sympathy extended to the loved ones Larry left behind. He was a kind and good man who cared for his family. His obituary speaks volumes about the kind of man he was. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Monty and Carol (Butler) Crawley

  • My Deepest Sympathy to the Reilly Family for your loss.
    Mike was a good man who cared for his Family.
    He was a man of great faith serving God and His Country.
    Chief Reilly’s Strong commitment and leadership to the Wilmington Manor
    Fire Company Will Be Sadly Missed.

    Chief Of Emeritus Michal L. Reilly

    Past President WMFC
    Mickey Donahue

  • To The Family, I extend my deepest heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Michael and I have been friends for over 30 years. We spent many days over the years at the fire department chatting and providing emergency service to the community Wilmington Manor and neighboring communities. Michael will be deeply missed.

  • Ruth and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your many happy memories of Larry.

    May God bless and keep you.

    Mary Pierson

  • As a fellow classmate of Larry’s, I would like to express my Deepest Sympathy and Prayers for the Reilly Family. Psalm 23:4 – Psalm 48:14, 116:15, Isaiah 25:8 From the Twins

  • Dear Ruth
    I don’t know if you remember both my husband, Harry, and me, Bernie, but we were at your home one time and we certainly remember both you and Larry! We were so sorry to here of the passing of Larry and we wanted to send our condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you and try to stay in touch again, okay? Take care! Love Ya, Bernie

    II do

  • Dear Ruth and family,
    I am sorry for the loss you and your family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many fond memories of the Reilly/Tidwell family. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Love, Debbi Cammock

  • Dave and I send our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Ruth and family, keep all the wonderful memories alive in your heart.


    Dave and Trisha

  • Dear Ruth, Katie, Michael and Carrie,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep Larry in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

    Kathy and Jack Milligan

  • Dear Ruth and family,

    Connie and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We first met Mike when he joined Wilmington Manor in 1977 and knew the moment we met him that he would be an asset to the Wilmington Manor Fire Company and the community. We enjoyed serving with and working side by side with Mike through our years at Wilmington Manor. It was our privilege to have known him.

    God Bless you Chief Reilly!

    Bill and Connie Carpenter

  • Ruth, my deepest condolences on the passing of Larry. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Best, g.

  • Reilly family: I am so sorry to hear of Mike/Larry’s death. I found out after the fact. Thinking of all of you. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you.

  • Dear Ruth,
    I just found out about the passing of Mike this morning while talking to Marvin White here in New Jersey. As you remember, Mike and I worked together at Fluor in Edgemoor, Delaware. You and Mike and my wife Cindy and I used to eat at Cracker Barrel in Pennsville, N. J. once in a while. Mike often came to see me while I was battling cancer over at Christiana back in 2011 and I will always be thankful for that, as he lifted my sole the whole time. I remember him as a great friend who would do whatever was needed to help a friend. As a firefighter he was well respected and although we never served together as firefighters, he and I talked a lot about the fire service. We also used to swap stories about our time in high school in New Jersey where he attended Penns Grove High School (Re-Hi) and I attended Salem High School. We both served in Vietnam and we had many conversations about that. I will miss him very much, even though we had not kept in touch as much as we should have. Take care Ruth.

  • I have no words to express the hole that has been left in all our hearts. It was an honor for me and Jack to call Larry a friend…just a phone call away; always there when he was needed…in snowstorms; at 1:00am; didn’t matter to him. He will be missed! RIP Dear Friend.
    My prayer for Dear Ruth and the family is for strength and understanding at this time of loss…one foot in front of the other; baby steps will help. We are also a phone call away as you know. xo