Frank B. Reilly, Jr. R.I.P.

I have lost…we have all lost…a gentleman, indeed a gentle man, a man of stature, a man of dignity, someone who represented the virtues that have sustained our Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club thru its one hundred and eight years, one who helped lead it as a flag officer and trustee, but more than all of these things, a friend.

FRANK BUTLER REILLY October 9, 1945 – October 24, 2020

I was deeply saddened by the news and I felt a profound sense of loss. He had cut back on his North Jersey office work and had moved full time to his Beach Haven home. I enjoyed driving past the home this summer and seeing Frank out working on the grounds. I felt good when I ran into him a couple of times this season in such outdoor events as Covid allowed.

I feel greatly deprived; in an email exchange last winter I had expressed hope that Barbara and I and Cathy and Frank would be able to get together this summer. Who knew of Covid? Now, who knew about loss?

I will miss Frank and I will also miss the grace and force of his positive personality, particularly in the years in which he served as a flag officer.

The years of Frank Reilly’s club life and friends. Click on the image for a larger view.