OBIT: Richard “Richie” O’Reilly, 63, Graduate of Watertown High, Brandeis & New England School of Law

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Richard “Richie” O’Reilly

A Funeral Mass for Richard “Richie” O’Reilly will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 10 AM in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St. Watertown.

Mr. O’Reilly was born in Boston to Catherine A. (McCarthy) O’Reilly and the late Joseph O’Reilly. Richie passed away after a 15-month battle with cancer on Jan. 22, 2024. He was 63.

Richie was a proud graduate of Watertown High School. After high school he earned his bachelors degree from Brandeis University and went on the earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the New England School of Law.

He was the beloved son of Catherine A. (McCarthy) O’Reilly & the late Joseph O’Reilly. Loving brother of Joseph O’Reilly, Jr. & his wife Jeanne of Sharon and Catherine Izzo & her husband Peter of Watertown. Caring uncle of Emily & Mary Izzo and Klaudia, Corey, Nicole O’Reilly.

Funeral from the MacDonald Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St., Watertown Tuesday Jan. 30, at 9 AM followed by Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick 212 Main St., Watertown at 10 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 PM. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richie O’Reilly to support Dr. Charlene Mantia’s research at Dana-Farber, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at

See the tribute wall at the MacDonald Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home website by clicking here.

6 thoughts on “OBIT: Richard “Richie” O’Reilly, 63, Graduate of Watertown High, Brandeis & New England School of Law

  1. So sad to hear this. We were high school classmates at WHS Class of 1979. A good and decent man. My condolences to his family and friends!!!

  2. Rich was a gem!! He was always kind and thoughtful and was fun to be around. He was a good soul. His visit to Amherst when I was a freshman there was epic! So much fun with a guy who never took himself too seriously despite his many accomplishments. I will miss him.

  3. My condolences to the O’Reilly Family.
    I met Richie many years ago on the campaign trail in Watertown. He was always engaging with a broad smile and a firm handshake. Richie was a very good person and had a heart of gold. May God Bless Him.

  4. Met Richie at campaign events for his niece Emily, along with Cathy and Peter. A true O’Reilly in characteristics and a fine representative of a great, long serving the Watertown community family! Rest in peace Richie, he called your number to early, but your memory will truly live on! My condolences to the O’Reilly Family.

  5. My heart breaks.So sad to see such a great man go too soon. My heart goes out to Kitsy, Cathy, Emily,Mary and Peter. May he RIP
    Love to all.

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