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John A. "Jack" Reilly, 87, of Danville, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Emmanuel Nursing Center.
He was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Danville, a son of the late Joseph Reilly and Florence (Hause) Reilly Roeder and stepfather, Horace "Butch" Roeder. He was married for 39 years to the former Bonnie Hack who survives.

Jack was a 1947 graduate of Danville High School.
He was employed as a police officer and at Susquehanna Fire Extinguishers, was a former mayor of Danville, and retired from Merck & Co. after 41 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
One of Jack's greatest passions was being a lifelong firefighter for Valley Township and Friendship Fire Companies. He gave more than 67 years of service serving as chief at the Friendship Fire Co. Station 10, and chief of the Danville Borough. He helped purchase Ladder 19 at Friendship Fire Co. He was president of the FASP and the PA State Fireman's Association. He is the last surviving founding father of the Danville Ambulance Company. He was a member of the Six County Fireman's Association, the Danville Fire Police, Danville fire companies, Elks, and Lame Ducks. He was an avid instructor.

In addition to his wife, Bonnie, Jack is survived by his children, Rhonda and Eric Brouse, Robin Temple and companion Craig Santucci, Roxanne Oubenali and companion D'Andre Livingston, Toni and Pat Toomey, Jan and John Cosgrove, and Lori Reilly; a sister, Patricia Fry; 13 grandchildren, Autumn, Carey, Scott, Brandon, Tami, Sabrina, Ryan, Lauren, Nicole, Adam, Jessica, Aaron, and Makenzie; several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Reilly; two sons, Scott and Steven Reilly; and a granddaughter, Rebecca.

Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, followed by the funeral service of Christian burial at 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 215 E. Market St., Danville, with his pastor, the Rev. Trevor Hahn officiating. Full Firemen's Honors will be presented.
Burial will follow in Columbia Hill Cemetery, Danville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., Danville.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com?.
Published on July 26, 2017
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