Pat Reilly, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died unexpectedly on Sept. 29, 2018 as a result of complications of Interstitial Lung Disease.
Patrick L. Reilly was born on Feb. 27, 1946 in Los Angeles. He was one of 10 children and began working at an early age. He graduated from CSU, Los Angeles in 1975 with a degree in accounting. It was there he met Patti, his wife of 43 years. Pat went on to obtain his CPA Certificate and began his accounting career working for the L.A. County Auditor-Controller and later MCA Universal Studios.
In 1981, after the birth of their second child, Pat accepted the position of Assistant Controller at YP&C Co. in Yosemite National Park. He and Patti believed this would be a “two-year adventure” with their two young children, Brian and Elizabeth. They soon fell in love with Yosemite and the Yosemite community, and lived there until Pat retired 25 years later as VP of Finance for Delaware North at Yosemite. They took the upmost advantage of their life there, skiing in the winter, and hiking and backpacking in the summer. The life-long friendships made there were treasured above all. Pat was active in the community, taking his turn as President of the Yosemite Valley School PTG, and later President of the Yosemite Lions Club.
Pat embraced his retirement at age 60 and never looked back. He continued pursuing his life-long interest in music, and took up yoga and golf. When not enjoying their home in Midpines, Pat and Patti travelled throughout the country and the world, visiting friends and family whenever possible, and taking in San Francisco Giants games and music festivals wherever they could. Reunions of friends at Tuolumne Meadows and the Millpond Music Festival were often highlights of the year, as were his annual backpacking trips with the guys, and “Hogg” adventures with brothers and brothers-in-law. Family time was the most treasured time, however. The “10 year” trips with grandchildren were greatly anticipated and always enjoyed.
Pat is survived by his wife Patti, children Brian Reilly of Bend, Ore. and daughter Elizabeth Fluharty of Mariposa and their spouses. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Oliver, Elliott, Eamon and Iona Reilly, and Noah, Lily, Anika and Josh Fluharty, as well as his precious great-grandson James. He also leaves four sisters, two brothers and many nieces and nephews who adored him. And very important to Pat, he left a legacy of friendship, being a “forever friend” to so many.
A gathering of friends and family was held on Oct. 20 in celebration of this life well lived.