(Smiley) Reilly, 60, of Island Pond,VT formerly of Northford, CT
passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012 surrounded by his family.
Son of the late Francis Reilly and Shirley Harvey Reilly (East
Haven). Husband of the beloved Cheryl Perrella Reilly. Father of
devoted daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Dennis Bozzuto. Dedicated
and Proud Grandfather of Austin (Buddy). Dilan (Buddy) and Lacey
(his Little Girl). Brother of Elizabeth (Betty) and Paul Gertsch
(Paul and Scott), Francis (Frank) and Debbie Reilly, Robin and Rich
Pollock (Tori and Cameron), Nicholas Reilly (Angelica and
Elizabeth), foster brother of Steve Olander. His dog Snickers stayed
by his side. Glen attended East Haven Schools.
Glen was always willing to help anyone. He worked for Chippeo Bus
and PCG Service Center as a mechanic. Glen owned and operated Glenís
Auto for 33 years and Northford Food Mart for 23 years with his wife
Cheryl until they retired in 2004. He worked at Fredís Propane in
Newport, VT. In the 70ís and 80ís Glen enjoyed being a member of the
Connecticut Streetrod Association traveling all over with his
T-Buckets, Model A and 34 Coupe. In the 90ís-2003ish his dream came
true and he raced Riverside Park in a Strictly Stock #99. When
riverside Park closed he raced a Late Model at Waterford Speedbowl
in the #09 and #99.
Always having to compete with his wife Cheryl on who was a better
racecar driver (she raced Mini Stock #99). His joy for racing was
once again fulfilled when his three grandchildren began racing
Quarter Midgets at Silver City in Meriden for the past 3 years. He
was the crew chief, the most competitive member of our crew!! He
also enjoyed snowmobiling with his friends and family for many
years. . He spent every moment he could with his grandchildren, they
put a smile on his face everyday, he adored them.
Glen and his family are very grateful to the endless family and
friends who called and visited him in his final weeks. The family
thanks the Homecare Hospice Staff for their loving care in his final
days. Family and Friends are invited to go directly to Northford
Cemetery, Foote Hill Rd, Northford on Wednesday morning at 9:30 to
attend a graveside Funeral Service. The visiting hours will be
Tuesday (TODAY) from 4 to 8pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36
Washington Avenue. Memorial contributions can be made to Silver City
Quarter Midget Club (non-profit youth racing organization), c/o Dawn
LaBella, 51 Tomlinson Ave., Plainville, CT 06062 which was near and
dear to his heart.