James Raymond Reilly

We are very sad to announce the passing of James Raymond (Ray/ Poppie/ Mr. Witty/ Ray of Sunshine) Reilly on Sunday, March 14, 2021 with Debbie and Wendy by his side.  He was 88 years old.

Ray fought a hard battle with complications from COVID and sadly COVID won.

Ray is predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Margaret, and his grandson, Reilly Dawson.  Also predeceased by his parents Mary and Patrick Reilly of Prince Edward Island, as well as all of his siblings and many dear friends.

Survived by his daughters, Debbie (Graham) Hayes, and Wendy (Glenn) Hobson.  Loving devoted Poppie to his grand-daughter, Virginia (Rick) Kepka, great-grand-daughters Emma, Taylor, Piper, and grandson Graham (Jacqueline) Hayes, great-grandsons  Max and Jack.

Fondly remembered and sadly missed by all of his nieces and nephews in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Due to the COVID situation in Mississauga, Ontario at this time the immediate family will have a private internment  and  Ray will be laid to rest  beside Margaret.

Ray was a very happy,  kind gentle man and will always be remembered for his generosity and goodwill towards others.  He enjoyed a good party so the family will have a celebration of his life at a later time when it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to Alzheimer’s Society of Peel, or the  Lions Foundation Canada Dog Guides or the Salvation Army or Boxer Rescue Ontario, or a charity of your wish.

20 replies
  1. Wendy Reilly-Hobson
    Wendy Reilly-Hobson says:

    Dear Dad: I will never forget all the things you taught me, especially how to be the best person I can be, to like people first and not to judge. Those are the words I live by. I will always remember your smile and how much you loved life and laughter. You are playing the spoons in heaven and the Angels are dancing the jig, no one could step dance like you !! Love Wendy

  2. Deborah Hayes Kinitz
    Deborah Hayes Kinitz says:

    Debbie &Graham, Wendy & Glen. Virginia & Rick, Emma, Taylor, Piper Graham & Jacqueline, Max and Jack: Our prayers are with you at this very sad time. Ray was such a loving Father and Poppy. Had a great smile and laugh.love, Vi, Deb & Erich ????♥️

  3. Amanda Clark
    Amanda Clark says:

    To Virginia and the entire family: lots of love from me and mine during this difficult time. We love you and are thinking of you all.

    Amanda, Matt, Katie and Ben.

  4. Angela Box
    Angela Box says:

    Virginia and Families,

    I never had the pleasure of meeting your “Poppie” personally but I feel I met him through your stories that you have shared with me over the years. He was truly loved by you all. You have shared great memories together-hang on to those. I hope you all find peace that he is now resting with his “love”, your grandmother. My sincere condolences.
    Angie Box

  5. M. Kepka
    M. Kepka says:

    Jerry and Mary Kepka
    We are so sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the Hayes family. Ray will be surely missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him.

  6. Hilary Kopka
    Hilary Kopka says:

    Ray it was a pleasure having known you. You were a funny man
    Someone easy to talk to as well.
    A wonderful dad, poppie/great grandfather to your family who
    Loved you deeply.
    You will be surely missed by all that knew you.
    Deepest sympathy to Deb, Wendy, Graham, Glenn, Virginia, Rick
    And girls. Graham, Jackie and sons.
    Thinking of you all.
    Hilary, Henry Kopka and family

  7. Rosalie and Malcolm
    Rosalie and Malcolm says:

    Debbie, Wendy and Families:
    We enjoyed seeing your Dad on our visits to Mississauga. He was always jovial and good for a few laughs. I remember how he enjoyed the clam chowder that Malcolm made on one of our visits. Our thought and prayers are with you at your time of grief. We will miss him.

    Rosalie and Malcolm

  8. Kris Kopka
    Kris Kopka says:

    Debbie, Graham, Virginia, Graham and families. I am deeply saddened to hear of Poppie’s passing. He was truly a one of a kind man. He was an inspiration to many people and the glue that held his family together. I have great memories of our vacation time in New Brunswick. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  9. Elizabeth Clarke
    Elizabeth Clarke says:

    To Wendy, Debbie, Virginia, Graham and your familie. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, grandfather and great grandfather Ray/Poppie. He was a good man and enjoyable company. I remember his retro jokes which brought back memories of past decades. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. All the best, Elizabeth

  10. Deborah L Hayes
    Deborah L Hayes says:

    My dear sweet dad I will miss so very much. He was such a kind, gentle man, full of smiles, laughter, always joking, never lost his sense of humour. He was known as Mr. Witty by some old friends as he had an answer for everything.
    Rest in Peace, dad, we love you!! XO

  11. Virginia Kepka
    Virginia Kepka says:

    Poppie…thank you for being the best grandfather. We are sad you are gone but are comforted in knowing how much you loved us. We will miss you so much. U will always hold a very special.place in my heart. Love u always ????

  12. Marilyn Mugridge
    Marilyn Mugridge says:

    I was so sad to hear that your Dad passed away. Ray was such a kind, sweet, funny and helpful man. When we lived in the same building on Roosevelt Road, Ray helped me with things I couldn’t or didn’t know how to do and was always there with a smile if I needed his help. He was a real early bird too! Every cold winter morning I would go out to go to work and my windshield would be scraped off. Such a kind and thoughtful thing to do, and it was so appreciated on a freezing cold morning. I have many fond memories of your Dad, and I’m so very sorry for your loss. ????❤️

  13. Randy Reilly
    Randy Reilly says:

    Debbie and Wendy and family
    So sad to hear of uncle Ray’s passing. So many great memories of his visits to New Brunswick when we were kids and his time spent there after his retirement. Such a kind caring and funny man. The world is just a little less without him.
    Rest In Peace uncle Ray!



  14. Sherry -Lee Chordis
    Sherry -Lee Chordis says:

    Words couldn’t comprehend how much Ray or Farmer Joe as I called him meant to me. His humour and loving ways was beyond anything I could ever imagine. A real down home buddy of mine for sure. I was so happy I had that chance to see him before he went home and I was so honoured to be part of his care team. The love he had for his family Was so immensely overwhelming as he loved them dearly. He always had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face especially when he saw his grandchildren. They were all the light of his life. From the bottom of my heart I send condolences to the family and to my Farmer Joe you make sure you have that beer ???? in heaven and party your boots off ok mate! Love you forever and will never forget you the memories will linger on. RIP my loving buddy Farmer Joe Your friend “Lee” as you called me Sherry lee Chordis PSW

  15. Marie Reilly Phillips
    Marie Reilly Phillips says:

    So very sorry for your loss. We always loved when Ray came to visit. He and Dad, Herman Reilly, would tell stories and laugh for hours. Miss those days, Ray was such a kind generous joyfilled soul. God bless Debbie and Wendy and all family and friends as you go through this difficult time. He would want us all celebrating his life. Sending hugs from PEI….love, marie and ruth.

  16. Deborah L Hayes
    Deborah L Hayes says:

    To my dear sweet dad, I will miss you, and your smile and laughter. Always so thoughtful and kind. I have wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Rest in peace, dad. Love you.


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