It is with deep sorrow that we must announce the passing of Pat Reilly, of Kamloops, BC on December 7th, 2015 at the age of 51 years.
Pat will be lovingly remembered by Cathie, his wife of 23 years, daughter Christina, brothers Sean (Leslie) and Liam, nieces and nephews Brianna, Carleen, Jasmine, Ryan (Caroline), Jamie (Shawna), Evan, uncle Michael (Marie), cousins; Sean, Kieran, Victoria, Martin and their families, two great nephews, one great niece, mother and father-in-law Pat and Gerry, brother-in-law Brian (Liana), sister-in-law Penny. Pat’s best friend and loyal companion, Otis, will also miss him terribly.
He was predeceased by his father Allan in 1990, and mother Margaret in 2014.
Born in New Westminster and raised in Penticton BC, Pat was the youngest of three sons. After graduating from Penticton Secondary School in 1982, and choosing not to pursue post-secondary education, he worked for the BC Department of Highways for a short time.
Pat was living in McLennan, AB when he was hired by CN Rail in 1984 as a brakeman. Eventually he moved to Grande Prairie, AB and finally to Kamloops, BC in 1999. Pat loved being a railroader and was especially honored when students would ask to train with him. Skillful at negotiating and mediating, he was dedicated to supporting and representing his work colleagues for fairness and equality, earning the respect, love, and friendships of many.
Pat’s favorite activities included spending time with his closest friends, golfing, skiing, fishing, being with family, music and riding his newly acquired motorcycle. Pat was also quite charming with a wonderful sense of humor. One of his most endearing qualities was his generosity and willingness to help those less fortunate, which he did with passion, right to the very end of his life.
Taken from us far too soon, Pat will live on in cherished memories and through his legacy of kindness and generosity towards family and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Omahen and Dr. Prasad, the ICU nurses and staff of the Royal Inland Hospital for their compassion, quality of care, and support during this difficult time.
A service to celebrate Pat’s life will be held on Saturday January 9th, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Calvary Community Church 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC with Pastor Don Maione officiating.
Should family and friends desire, a donation may be made to a charity of one’s choice, or the Kamloops Food Bank.
Arrangements entrusted to
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324
Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca
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