Blaise
BLAISE O’REILLY 1979-2006 “THAT’S HOW WE ROLL.” When Blaise said those words all his friends knew exactly what he meant. It was time to enjoy life and each other. His young, “my gas tank is full”, kind of life was cut tragically short this past Saturday. His friends and family will never be the same. He lived 22 of his 26 years here in Redondo Beach learning to surf, play roller hockey, and to ride anything with wheels. 2 wheels, 4 wheels, all wheels from scooters and dirt bikes to cruising the sand dunes in Glamis on his Banshee. He went to every kind of race and car show he could and dreamed of being a cockpit jockey himself. He turned that passion into his hobby and his work. He was restoring his beloved 69 Camaro and kept his pride and joy custom Harley shining. He worked for Dick Guldstrand, the Corvette racing legend, and spent the last several years at Edelbrock in the R and D department. He was to begin a new job at BMW of Torrance this past Monday. Blaise was a good son, a great friend, and was just shifting into a higher gear in his life. From all of his hundreds of friends and adoring family, Parents; Kathryn Hansen and JD, John O’Reilly and Marsha and sister Tallulah Hansen. He will be remembered and terribly missed for the rest of all our lives. MEMORIAL SERVICE THIS SATURDAY APRIL 8TH at 10 AM ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH, REDONDO BEACH. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Redondo Union HS Blaise O’Reilly Scholarship fund. 421 Sierra Vista Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy to Blaise’s family. Blaise you will never be forgotten but surely missed. Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I hae only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, thing of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. On brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again. Love you Blaise!!!!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the O’Reily family and those closest to him. Blaise was a great person, no matter who you were or what you were doing, Blaise always made you feel part of the group and welcomed you with open arms. That is special, he is special….the amount of people that were in his life proves that.

  3. Hi Blaise! I had a dream about you the other day that reminded me of how much I miss you. Not one day goes by that you don’t come into my thoughts. I miss your laugh Blaise!! I just want you and your family to know that you were such an amazing,kind person who made an impact on everyone who knew you.

  4. I will never ever forget you big bro!! I think about almost everyday and i cant imagine what this world would be like if you were here. i can still hear your distinctive laugh. i miss you man. i love you. ill see you again

  5. Our Condolences to The O’Reilly Family To let your Family know that thoughs of Depest Sympathy are with you in your time of sorrow. The Burke Family

  6. We hope that it will help knowing others have such good memories of Blaise. We can remember well his sense of fun and always ready to laugh and all the time spent at the ball field during the baseball season. You are in our thoughts.

  7. Dear Kathryn,John,JD,& Tutu Our prayers and deepest thoughts are with you so. We will never forget Blaise’s laughter, smile, and special way he had with all.

  8. I met Blaise a few years ago through my best friend at work, Dena. Her and Blaise were very close and throught their friendship I forged one with Blaise as well. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and he always made me laugh. He was full of life and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this trying time. He will be forever missed.

  9. I had the wonderful privelage of working with Blaise for the past 5 years at Edelbrock. He never let a day go by without coming in my office and giving me a hard time. We spent many lunches together laughing and running errands and always trying to make it back to work on time 🙂 He was a great friend and co-worker and had a huge heart! I will miss seeing him everyday…But I will see him again someday!

  10. To the O’Reilly Family: I had the pleasure of meeting Blaise through my son, Sam Rivello, and his great group of friends. He joined us in celebrating Sam’s birthday once and we have great memories of Oktoberfest with him in HB last year. The lasting impression he leaves – even from just spending a short time with him – is one of a free-spirit who loved to laugh and whose contagious sense of humor helped anyone in his presence to liven up, laugh along, and enjoy life to the fullest. His friends love him dearly and will surely “roll” with him like old times when we all meet again. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of Blaise. I know we will. Love, Paula & Kevin

  11. Our thoughs and prayers are with you Blaise. You were an amazing person and always had smile on your face. We will remember all the good times you had with everyone!

  12. I had the privilage working with Blaise, and will miss the way he could brighten the day with his presents. Blaise and I participated in some local racing events, he loved motorsports of all kinds, the racing community lost a great supporter and participant. There will come a time when both he and I will be turning tires again…..Peace Brother

  13. We could never express in words the special place Blaise has and always will hold in our hearts. From Glamis, Pool parties,to the UG and so many more…His presence was one of a kind and will never be lost. You will always be with us and missed forever! Ride on…

  14. Although we only knew you for a short time, we were lucky to have known you at all. You always made us laugh and smile! We will never forget you! Our deepest condolences to all of your family and friends!

  15. Oh how I WISH everyone had the opportunity to have known Blaise or at LEAST meet him once. He had this energy that was contagious, a smile that lit a room and such an easy-going sense of humor. Oh how I miss the green converse he wore that I referred to as “Giant Crayons”. You know what was great is that he always had a way of making fun of a situation that seemed so bad to you, but to him? It was nothing. “Relax he’d say” or “Hush” Maybe even “Pipe Down.” I loved to make fun of his 500ft long car telling him when he turns the corner, the back of it will catch up an hour later. Oh how Heaven has now what we loved so much here. Lucky Heaven I say. Thanks Blaise for being you on my time. I thank God I knew you and so my faith tells me we will see you again…until then…

  16. So many things to say, yet not a single word cannot express this deep feeling of sorrow I share with so many others. There won’t be a day that passes when I won’t think of a precious memory that we have shared…I won’t romp another rental car without buddy! AHHH… those “Blaise moments.” You have embraced us all with your genuine smile and eternal kindness. I am so truly blessed to have known and been friends with such an amazing man. Your spirit lives on in each and every one of us; for I know that when I look up at the stars, you will be brightly shining down upon us. You will be whole-heartedly missed everyday….

  17. Blaise, I WILL NEVER forget the times we shared. Whether it was the time you slept all weekend in Havasu(except for the buffet!), Glamis, or the UG! You always made somebody laugh! Knowing you are looking down on us at all times and keeping us safe makes me feel better. I hope your Rockin’ every Hair Metal Band, we sure are!

  18. We love you Blaise… you lived every minute of your precious life to the fullest and we will forever remember you. There will be many nights around the camp fire that we will drink to you and tell great stories. God be with you baby.

  19. We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to your entire family. We met Blaise years ago and he just had a lasting impression on us. Since then we had the pleasure of enjoying Havasu, Glamis and just hanging out and sharing life with him. He had a gift of lighting up a room when he walked in. His kind heart, fly by the seat of his pants attitude and sexy smile will always be remembered. Especially riding a 50 through Shaughn’s living room and dancing in his fuzzy motor home. He will be missed tremendously. All of our love and prayers. Cindy Renoult & Kyle Adden

  20. O’Reily Family, Words cannot express how I felt when we found out about Blaise. I knew Blaise, when he was a student at Alta Vista. With His smile he would light up any room. I am Honored to have known Him. I know that he will not be alone up in Heaven, Mr. Stoll Alta Vista’s Principal is up there with Him. May the Lord Bless You and Your Family. And May You Find Comfort as Blaise sleeps in the Arms of our Father. Sam & Karen Abrahamian Palmdale,Calif.

  21. Blaise, not a day goes by that I wish you would walk into the room or be at the UG or shack. You looked out for me in my wild days and you were always standing by to take Caleb dirtbike riding whenever I grew the guts to let him, I wish I didn’t hold off…You were and always will be one of the few greatest guys I know, a remarkable sense of humor and a great sense of fashion 😉 I will miss you always! PS. Caleb has one of your Reese’s race cars, and he loves it! xoxo nic

  22. Lee, please let me know if you’ve gotten in touch with his Dad John O’Reilly, to return the ring. I know he would appreciate that. nbourbon@uci.edu email me if you need me to put you in touch.

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