Edward E. “Red” Reil, Jr.

November 2, 2021

Edward E. “Red” Reil, Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War

Edward E. “Red” Reil Jr. – of Woburn, November 2, 2021, at the age of eighty-eight. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude (DuLong) Reil.  Devoted father of Lauren M. Reil of Maynard, Suzanne J. Quigley, her husband Michael of Woburn and the late Thomas W. and Edward J. Reil.  Cherished grandfather of Michaela and Molly Quigley and the late Elyse Quigley. Dear brother of Mary Desharnais, her husband Walter of Woburn and the late Marjorie and William Reil.  A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 5th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, 3-7 p.m.held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Reil to NuPath, Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to St. Jude’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Edward E. “Red” Reil Jr. – a lifelong resident of Woburn, died peacefully, November 2, 2021, at the age of eighty-eight. He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude (DuLong) Reil. 

Born and raised in Woburn, Red was a son of the late Edward “Rex” and Mary (McMorrow) Reil. Raised in the South End section of the city, he attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School with the class of 1951. Following graduation, Red served his country proudly as part of the US Army during the Korean Conflict, until being honorably discharged.

For many years, Red worked as a line man for the New England Telephone Company until retiring in 1996. After retirement, he became active with the Board of Registrars of Voters where he remained until 2017, assisting and managing the voting polls. He was also involved in the Mayor’s luncheon every year, volunteering and even serving as a past MC.

In 1955, Red married his long-time sweetheart Gertrude, whom he had met sledding on Buck Street, back in Elementary School. Together they built their home and remained in the South End. They brought into the world four wonderful children. He was actively involved with his children throughout their lives, coaching them in little league and hockey.

Red was a past president of Woburn Youth Hockey and a very active member, even traveling to Canada numerous times for the exchange. He continued to remain active and play hockey in the over 30 leagues for many years as well. He was also a founding member of the Irish American Club and a member of the Woburn Elks and American Legion.

Red and Gertrude enjoyed traveling together to all sorts of destinations, especially visiting Ireland, Bermuda, Florida, and Alaska. Traveling to Hampton Beach for family vacations during the summer was always a wonderful time spent together.

As the years went by his grandchildren became his pride and joy. He never missed a school performance or any other activities, near or far.  

Red was a very loving, dedicated, strong and kind man who has left a beautiful legacy that will be cherished, yet missed by all.

Devoted father of Lauren M. Reil of Maynard, Suzanne J. Quigley, her husband Michael of Woburn and the late Thomas W. and Edward J. Reil.  Cherished grandfather of Michaela and Molly Quigley and the late Elyse Quigley. Dear brother of Mary Desharnais, her husband Walter of Woburn and the late Marjorie and William Reil. 

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 5th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, 3-7 p.m.held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Reil to NuPath, Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to St. Jude’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 5th at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, 3-7 p.m.held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Reil to NuPath, Inc., 147 New Boston Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to St. Jude’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Robert F Connolly Jr

    Red’s family and families: I was so sorry to hear that Red had passed away. As a lifelong Woburnite and a hockey person I had the privilege of knowing Red and family. He was always upbeat despite some family tragedies and a respected gentleman always. My thoughts and prayers for you all. Sincerely, Bob Connolly Jr

  2. Charles T Culhane

    Reil familky,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  3. Suzanne and family – so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great man, so dedicated to his family.
    LeeAnn McGahan

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