IAN E. REILLY U.E.
Ian Reilly U.E. passed peacefully March 1, 2017 age 77 at Hospice Prince Edward, Picton with his wife Bev at his side. Ian was born in Toronto, the eldest son of Edward Reilly, an Irish immigrant from Limavady, N. Ireland, and Bessie (Weese) Reilly, U.E. Ian was married to Bev (Armstrong) Reilly for over fifty-one years during which time they resided first in Belleville and later in Ameliasburgh Twp. in Prince Edward County for 23 years and in 2013 they moved back to Belleville . Ian’s siblings were Allan (deceased), Arthur (deceased), Robert (Arlene) Reilly, Judith (Allan) Fox and Elizabeth Reilly. Also remembered by sisters-in-law Maria Reilly & Doris Gibson, brothers-in-law, Wm. (Earline) Armstrong , Don (Nancy) Armstrong & David Armstrong. Remembered fondly by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces & grand nephews. Remembered by his friends Steve Stumpacher, John Steeves, Donnie Waye & George Kratz,
During his life Ian, “a trailblazer”, was extremely generous, both with his time and his volunteer work. He loved helping people, and was a life long volunteer extraordinaire.
He thoroughly enjoyed working in all aspects within the Union movement for 35 years, bettering the lives and working conditions of those in need of protection. He made many friends on both the labour and management sides. He was a member of the UFCW Union. He retired after 35 years with them, after which he became a part-time Arbitrator for his Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and was a Fund Raising Consultant for Leukemia Research.
During his working life he was also President of the Union Labour Trades Dept., CLC, for 20 years.
He attended the G.A.T.T. talks in Geneva, Switzerland, to put forth the plight of the footwear industry in Canada in 1978. In 1979 he was Vice Chairman, representing footwear and leather workers’ unions from around the world at the Tripartite Technical meeting for the leather & footwear industry, held in Geneva, by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations.
Ian joined the Hastings Prince Edward Regiment at the age of 16 and was a member of Branch 99 Royal Canadian Legion for over 40 years.
He was a Serving Brother in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, inducted by Governor General Jules Leger.
Was a volunteer for Quinte Emergency Measures.
Past member of Bay of Quinte Squadron, Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons,
Was a member of the Victoria Cross Society of Exton, Rutland, U.K.
Ian was on the Board of Governors, Loyalist College 1976-83, and was a Founding Director & Friend of the Friends of Loyalist College Foundation. He also was a Governor at Trent University l985-87.
He was President (16 yrs) of the 7th Town Historical Society, (owners, in Trust) of the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre in Ameliasburgh.
He was actively involved in all aspects of political life and ran as a Candidate in the Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections enjoying the experience to the fullest. He was also a founding member of the New Democratic Party and attended the Founding Convention in 1961.
He had been active as early as 1949 within the United Church, and continued that interest with zeal through to the middle 1960’s. He attended the North American Ecumenical Youth Assembly in Ann Arbour, Michigan in 1961. Was a member of Westminster United Church.
He loved camping and later the cottage life along with his passion for bass fishing. After his retirement he vacationed in different parts of the world with his wife Bev. He was an avid reader of mysteries and enjoyed genealogy and motorcycling for many years.
Very special thank you for the wonderful care given to Ian by Dr. Burke, all the Nurses, PSW’s, Staff and Volunteers at Hospice Prince Edward during his stay with them, & also thank you to Dr. J. Kankesan at BGH Oncology. Cremation has taken place.
A private reception will take place at the Steele Family Centre, 20 Moira Street W. Belleville, on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, 30 Moira St. W., Belleville (613-968-2273).
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Prince Edward, 40 Downes Ave., Picton, ON K0K 2T0 or Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology, 376 Wallbridge/Loyalist Rd., Belleville, On K8N 5B9
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