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REILLY, Thomas J.

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REILLY, Thomas J. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 21, 1937--Dubuque, IA, July 12, 2019). The son of Justin and Madeline (Permantier) Reilly, Tom attended Cathedral elementary school, and graduated from LORAS ACADEMY. He continued his education at LORAS COLLEGE (Class of 1959), majoring in physics. He married Judy Gavin on July 14, 1962 at NATIVITY CHURCH. Tom and Judy moved to Sioux City, where he began his career at Conservative Mortgage Company. They returned to Dubuque in 1966 when Tom joined AMERICAN TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK, where he worked twenty-five years. Following his career at ATSB, Tom became a senior officer at East Dubuque Savings Bank, from where he retired.

A strong believer in service to community, he was very active in many Dubuque organizations, including the JAYCEES (past president and Life Member), Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Your Town Clock Committee (chairman), DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (Red Coats, SCORE), Dubuque Homebuilders, the Colts Youth Organization Board of Directors, Ride the Rail, ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERIANS, Serra Club, and the BARN COMMUNITY THEATER. He was an active member of Nativity Church where he was a member of the Rosary Society, as well as an enthusiastic member of the Nativity Choir.

Tom enjoyed performing in plays at the original Barn Community Theater and at the Grand Opera House. His first starring role was as Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." He also enjoyed performing in "Annie Get Your Gun," "Anything Goes," "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?," "Oliver!," and many others.



Obituary, Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview, Online: https://www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com/memorials/thomas-reilly/3922523/