on July 21, 2014 - 7:02 PM
Nov. 11, 1927 – May 16, 2014
A memorial observance for Edwin R. O’Reilly, of Eden, a retired educator, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. next Monday in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant on South Park Avenue in Blasdell.
Mr. O’Reilly died May 16 at his winter home in Venice, Fla. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Lafayette High School.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served stateside in Cleveland from 1945 to 1946.
After the war, he enrolled at the University of Buffalo, where he was a member of the Bulls basketball team and the rowing crew. In 1951, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the university. He earned a master’s degree in education from UB in 1965.
Mr. O’Reilly taught, coached and mentored thousands of students over his 32 years at Frontier High School in Hamburg, where he started teaching biology in 1955.
He also coached football and basketball at the high school and eventually was appointed chairman of the science department. Subsequently, he became assistant principal and director of the adult education program at Frontier.
Mr. O’Reilly retired in 1987. He was inducted into the Science Teacher of New York State Hall of Fame in 1980.
He was a member of the Buffalo Audubon Society, Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. He also was a docent tour guide at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff Manor on Old Lake Shore Road in Derby. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamburg and served on the vestry for eight years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Barbara Larson; two sons, Douglas and Thomas; and three grandchildren.