Hampton, NH — Paul N. Reilly, 77, of Hampton, died peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2014, at Edgewood Centre, Portsmouth.
He was born on December 22, 1936, in Newburyport, Mass., and was a son of the late Francis M. and Viola (Noyes) Reilly.
Raised in Newburyport, Paul graduated from Newburyport High School with the Class of 1954, where he was an accomplished athlete and one of the first inductees to the Newburyport Wall of Fame.
Paul married his high school sweetheart, Joan (Follansbee) Reilly of Hampton, in 1956.
Mr. Reilly worked as a sales representative for various athletic equipment companies serving many schools, sporting goods stores and professional teams throughout New England.
He served as a past president and treasurer of the Newburyport Wall of Fame. Paul was also an avid golfer and member of Ould Newbury Golf Club, Newbury. He loved spending time with family and friends, but most of all enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Joan Reilly, family members include his sons, Thomas P. Reilly and his longtime partner, Erica Tyring of Hampton, Daniel J. Reilly and his wife, Hope, of Hampton; daughter, Paula J. Souliotis and her husband, Richard, of Salisbury, Mass.; brothers, Arthur T. Reilly and his wife, Joyce, of Bonita Springs, Fla., John Reilly and his wife, Lola, of Newburyport; sisters, Elizabeth Bourgoin of Newbury, Mass., and Ruth Gurley of Fresno, Calif.; grandchildren, Ryan, Daniel and Matthew Souliotis, and Megan, Schyler and Aiden Reilly; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Souliotis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his son, Michael F. Reilly; and sisters, Evelyn Walton, Mary Cox and Frances Lynch.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Paul’s request all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name to Newburyport Wall of Fame, 17 Maple St., Salisbury, MA 01952, or The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman St., Suite 10, Westborough MA 01581.
Assistance with arrangements was by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Paul’s memorial website, or to sign the tribute wall.