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Bret Michael Reilly, 48, of Lynn, formerly of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Mass General Hospital.
He was born in Brunswick, Maine on February 20, 1969, son of William R. Reilly of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Jessie (Daniels) Vanarsdale of Hanford, Calif.
Bret attended Semi Valley High School in California. He worked for a few years at Varian as a machinist and signed on fishing boats as a crew member.
He enjoyed weight lifting and toning his body. If a friend of his was in trouble, he would step in to help his friend no matter what the problem was. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Joshua Reilly of California; three sisters, Jami Roe of California, Diana Hogan and her husband, Adam of Australia, Marie Ford and her husband, David of New Hampshire; his brother, Tylor Reinhardt of Washington State; his aunt, Betty Jacobs of Gloucester; his niece, Bunny Piccolo of New York; several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Joachim’s Church, Broadway, Rockport on Friday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The burial will be held privately at a later date. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester will be held on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 18, 2017
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