LIJSL Hall of Famer Patrick "Paddy" Reilly Passes at Age 91
June 11, 2014
One of the founding fathers of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Patrick “Paddy” Reilly of Kings Park, died of natural causes at the age of 91 on June 9th. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Mary Lovett Reilly and his four children,Maryellen Korman, Claire Patrice Reilly, Patrick Terrence Reilly and Kevin Charles Reilly, as well as eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren (with two more on the way). Paddy was born September 27, 1922 in Motherwell Scotland, UK, of Irish parents. His family immigrated to America in 1926 and settled in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, where he was raised.
Reilly had a distinguished career as a professional violinist and was a Golden Glove boxing finalist. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was decorated with two Bronze Stars, having participated in 287 days of continued frontline combat in four major battles, and was the lead non-commissioned officer in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
Upon his return home, he married his neighborhood sweetheart Mary Lovett in 1947 and moved his budding family to Kings Park in 1955. A former American Legion Post Commander and active local democrat, Reilly was honored as Kings Park's Democrat of the year in 2005 and was Kings Park 2012 Humanitarian of the Year. Reilly was also one of the founding fathers of the Kings Park Soccer Club and Long Island Junior Soccer League in 1966, and a LIJSL Hall of Fame inductee in 2000.
Soccer became a big part of his life on Long Island. He was one of the early pioneers of the St. Joseph's C.Y.O. Soccer Program, coached several Long Island Championship soccer teams, and was the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Coach of the year while coaching at Chaminade High School. He went on to coach in the college ranks, earning Metropolitan Coach of the Year at C.W. Post College of Long Island University and becoming the first coach to take the Pioneers to the NCAA Regional Men's Finals, mentoring several of his players through to professional levels and the coaching ranks. In 1999, he was still at work growing the game with friend Gary Nelson as co-founder of the Elwood Soccer Club, which thrives today and benefits over a thousand local area children.
The Long Island Junior Soccer League extends its sympathies to the entire Reilly family.
Memorial visiting will take place Thursday from 2-4:30pm & 7-9pm at Clayton Funeral Home, Inc. (25 Meadow Rd., Kings Park). A memorial mass will be offered Friday 10:30am at St. Joseph's RC Church (59 Church St., Kings Park). In lieu of flowers the family request donations to The Murray House, P.O. Box 2539 Oak Ridge, NJ 07438.