Eric
As an expression of your sympathy, the family would appreciate that IN LIEU OF ALL FLOWERS: Please make donations to the O'Reilly Family to help in this financially difficult time. Eric William O'Reilly, a long time resident of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. Eric was born in McKeesport, PA on September 3rd, 1954 and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 48 years. Eric was an insurance broker for over twenty years. His specialty was commercial insurance, although he loved all aspects of his job, particularly the research to find the right product for his valued clients'. Eric flew a private small aircraft, loved to play with his remote control helicopters (the big ones), he tinkered with everything and was a master at fixing everything. Eric could pack the trunk of a car like you couldn't imagine. Everything he touched was made better. We had a special place in the house for us to put all the things we broke and when we woke up in the morning they were all fixed. He loved to fix things that most people would just throw away, like his ancient turn table and the stereo equipment he has had for 40 years. Anyone else would have upgraded but not Eric, he saw true value in everything. He rode his motorcycle whenever he could. He loved telling jokes. He developed his own salsa recipe, he makes one mean salsa that is so good it made anything taste better. Skiing at mammoth mountains was his favorite thing, he didn't do it enough though. Eric did not officially belong to any philanthropic organizations, but he gave everything he had to anyone who asked every single time- friends, neighbors, colleagues and strangers benefitted from his constant pursuit to make the world a better place for anyone who contact with him. Eric was passionate about teaching his boys to be good men and his girls to learn how to use their brains and to take care of things themselves. He was passionate about his family most of all, and his home was his sanctuary. He had a funny passion for his big lazy boy rocker; it meant the world to him, something so simple. That was Eric: a simple man who enjoyed a simple life, never asked anyone for anything and gave everyone a smile. Always made himself available to help a friend. He enjoys sharing his stories. Many people came to him for help, advice, and guidance. He also enjoyed watching and following many sports and entertainers such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Blue Angels squad, Thunderbirds squad, Credence Clearwater Revival, Poison, Kansas, Bon Jovi, The Who, John Fogerty and The Eagles, Tom Clancey and Dean Koonz. Eric is survived by his wife Marianne; his two sons, Loren, 26, and Lance, 23; his two daughters Casey, 18, and Katie, 16; his father and mother Bruce and Jacqueline O'Reilly, his two brothers Bruce and Christopher and one sister Stephanie Swain; along with several nieces and nephews. His first grandson will arrive in April. A Visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 792-7599 Thursday, Feb 4th from 12 pm to 4 pm followed by a pot luck wake.

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  1. I could write a book, so I’ll just keep it simple and say “Eric, I love you, I’ll always love you, and I’ll miss you until the day I see you again in heaven”

  2. A giant among men, a friend for 15 years, Eric will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to the entire family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever remember with fond reverence the El Segundo days of new horizons and much joy. Rest in peace, Eric.

  3. Words cannot express how sad we are to hear of the loss of a wonderful husband, devoted father, and selfless friend. We loved having Eric, Marianne, and their children as our friends and neighbors in West Hartford. Eric was always there with his tools and his hhhhhot salsa. Our prayers are with his wonderful and loving family. Love, Joan and Rob Claflin

  4. Always gentle & kind, Eric will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the O’Reillys for their loss. I hope warm memories of Eric and his love for you will comfort you at this time. Hugs

  5. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Eric. Though I did not know him well, he struck me as the “go get ’em” type. Eric was my insurance agent many years ago and from that I became the acting agent for his children. I talked more to him on the phone than anything. He was always so positive and ready to do anything to help his family and others. He was endlessly sending positive energy out into the universe and he will really be missed. The strongest of healing wishes to Marianne and all of the kids. Much love, Jennifer Garland

  6. My deepest symphaties go to Marianne and family. I worked with Eric during his tenure at Dodge Insurance Services, DBA: Arroyo Insurance Services and will remember him fondly. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile and a funny story to tell. We shared a love of elephants and will cherish the three elephants that I received as gifts from him. He will be missed.

  7. I only know Eric for a few years. When we talked on the phone or we got together it felt like we grew up together. We shared allot of the same experience’s. I could ask him a question about anything. If he didn’t have the answer he would have a great suggestion. He loved to share his personal life experiences with me. He will be missed dearly and never forgot. Some people make a difference just by being who they are, Their inner light shines bright and touches lives both near and far, and when they’re gone, they still forever play a part in the smiles, the priceless moments, that are tresured in the heart. He made this world a brighter and better place. With Warn Thoughts and Deepest Sympathy

  8. O’Reilly Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I was a friend to the family a number of years ago. In particular Lance and I had a special relationship. I wish you all comfort at this difficult time. Kevin Smith, Fire Chief El Segundo Fire Department

  9. My sweet sweet man… Everyone thought I was the strong one, all along it was you. How can I live without you my love. You have given me enough love to hold me till I join you one fine day. May the angels hold you close for me untill I get there. Your adoring wife

  10. Eric, From the day I met you, you always had a smile on your face, a funny story to tell, and wonderful advice to give. Your loving words, and warm hugs always made my day so much brighter. You were definately a steady force in my life and I thank God for blessing my life with your love. Thank you for your patience, support and constant love. I will never forget you.

  11. Karl and I were saddened to hear of Eric’s untimely passing. We send our deeptest sympathy to Marianne and the children. We have many fond memories of our shared times together. We regret that we are unable to attend the memorial as we are in Guaymas Mexico for the month of February. We will keep you in our prayers.

  12. I am shocked to hear that Eric is not with us any more. What a good natured, funny, caring guy he was. Even if we hadn’t talked for a few years, we could pick right up and have great conversations whenever we did talk with each other again. I love the fact that he helped his boys start a gardening service, a fact I didn’t know until they showed up at our home after taking over the accounts of our previous gardener. Even though we did not talk often I will miss the thought of him not being here with us. My thought are with Marianne and the kids. Elyse Rothstein

  13. My dearest Eric, How hard it is to accept that you are gone. We shared so much since our days at UCLA. Your strong shoulders and ever ready smile accompanied me through many a dark time. You brought me along as you and Marianne married and built your new family. And it was all so good. I am not ready for it to end. My sadness is huge, for it encompasses your family, whose loss is greater than mine. Eric, I honor our friendship, celebrate your life, mourn your death. Que te vayas con Dios. Con todo mi carino, Laura

  14. Oh Eric… I’m at a loss. I will miss your ready smile and exuberance. You were always ready to help if someone needed it and I often did. Lifting, toting, car questions, car repairs, insurance needs, etc. A huge heart and smiling face that will be sorely missed. O’Reilly Family … my heart goes out to you during this tragedy and I wish I could take your pain away. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you through this. Love, Hugs, Hope for the future.

  15. Eric – I can’t imagine the pain of your loss. I’ll always cherish his smile and most definitely his sense of humor. He was a man who practically knew everything in Life and how to survive it with ease. You know how much he loved you all! I’ll be looking for him up there once my time comes. Much love, Sean Jackson

  16. I have known Eric for 20 years. He was one of the nicest man I ever met.Kind, thoughtful towards others, funny! He came into my Boys life when Lance was 3 and loren 6. I was impressed by the way he stepped up to the plate and learned to sign with the boys fluentley! that was more than I did. I never got a chance to thank him for being there and raising my son’s the best he could. So Thank you Eric! He was a Great Husband to Marianne and a Great Father to Loren, Lance, Kasey and Katie. He is truley missed!

  17. I was Eric’s professor at UCLA from the mid 1970s when he was an undergraduate, worked in my lab and took courses from me for several years. He was a terrific student and co-authored two research papers with me. Eric was a happy, outgoing, and energetic student who enjoyed telling jokes and appreciated my “wise cracks.” I am greatly distressed to hear of his early passing and will always remember him as the cheerful and terrific person he was.

  18. Daddy, everyone here misses you so much, but we’re all taking care of each other. I’ll see you when it’s my turn in 60 or 70 years <3

  19. Husband You will forever be my man. I will honor your memory here at home everyday with our children. I will take care of myself and them so we can show the world how strong you made us. We will keep going for you my dear. You live in our hearts, minds and in our blood, you are the cornerstone of our life, even in your absense we feel you so near. Your memory will not fade but grow stronger until we all join you again in heaven. Yours Forever Marianne

  20. I couldn’t have asked for a better father. You were my friend, mentor, and daddy. We all miss you more than words can express and you will live on through us. I love you.

  21. Eric, I miss you so. Wy wish is that you know how much I miss and care for you. Thank you for your smile and laugh. Thank you for welcoming me into your home when I was broken. Thank you for fixing my car, mending my broken momentos, and most of all for making me feel loved. I love you. Rip Girl aka Joni (private joke that binds us)

  22. God Bless you Eric! You are now a shinning star in Heaven!! A Wonderful, Kind, Loving Man has left this earth but he has also left his beautiful memories with so many who were Lucky enough to have known him! To Marianne, Casie, Katie, Loren and Lance, my heart goes out to you! May God send you His Strength and Love, especially Now and Always! Love Joey

  23. Very hard to believe he is gone The first time I met eric was on a church trip 3n half hours in the car just the two of us and boy did he love to talk, I nearly lost my mind lol GET ME OUT OF THIS CAR lol it took me awhile to like eric, when I got to know him, I seen the boy in the man, he would drop anything he had to help me ,his son lauren was working on my 67 alfa, Eric spend days nights rewiring the complete car for nothing. He was a goof ball a highly intelligent man with a big heart i have learned from eric ,that this life is about giving, not what you are going to get from a situation, but to just give!! His intelligence and unselfishness and passion n just being who he was, i will miss you thank you eric for man that you were and all the lifes you have touched and will continue to touch, through your words and passion that you have left on this earth!! we will see you again

  24. We will miss Eric. He was a true friend who was full of love. Never complained & always gave words of advice & encouragement. He will always be in our hearts.

  25. Eric my dear sweet husband, Since you got there before i did, don’t give up on me. I’ll meet you when my chores are through, I don’t know how long I’ll be. But I’m not going to let you down, darlin wait and see, cuz between now and then, til I see you again I’ll be loving you Love ME Marianne

  26. Eric was just the coolest person imaginable. So funny, kind and the greatest handyman we’d ever seen. He could build or fix ANYTHING. He was also one of the most intelligent people we’ve ever met. He could converse on any subject and tought us a lot. He will be dearly missed and it will continue to be that whenever we think of him, a smile will come to our faces. Heaven will be a better place with him as a resident and I’m sure he’s already made St. Peter laugh as well as fixing a squeaky hinge or two on the pearly gates. All our love, Paul and Jill.

  27. Eric you have been more that our insurance agent. You were my friend and flying buddy. You were the best instrument student I ever had. I will always remember our flights seeking out the best “$100.00 hamburgers” Those buffalo burgers at Catalina were my favorite. Of course can’t forget our co-pilot Katie. I remember one flight flying blindly in the clouds with Katie & Marianne in the back seat. We were boring holes in the clouds while Katie told Mariane it was all right. I guess our next flight will be formation and higher than we ever flew before. I love you all. Glen

  28. To the O’Reillys: Clara and I were saddened to hear of your Eric’s untimely passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you, and please let us know if we can ever do anything for you. I know how hard it can be to lose your father. Warmest thoughts, Bobby Becka

  29. To the O’Reilly Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him. You all are like an extension of our family. Between Kimberly & Katie, there were 2 sets of parents for them both. I thank Eric for the time that he was able to be there for Kimberly & Katie, as a pair. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. Love you, Michelle

  30. Dear Marianne and Family, I am sorry that you are faced with such sadness. Words cannot express the deep sorrow I have felt since learning of Eric’s death. Memories of our friendship and all the joy we have shared with each other and the kids throughout our lives have filled my heart over the last few days. I remember the first time we met at family camp and then again at auditions and then, as our worlds intermingled our friendship was cemented forever. Eric was a sensitive and loving man. I regret that distance and circumstances has kept us from spending more time together in the last few years. He will forever be etched in our memories as a man we dearly loved and enjoyed. We pray that you and your family find the strength to deal with what has to be one of the most difficult losses to bear. May love and the beautiful memories sustain you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love forever, Nita Lew, Crystal, and Alaina Talbot ———————————– Dearest Eric, Oh how I’m going to miss your smiling face and long discussions on the music of our era, amongst other things. I’m going to miss how you always made time for me and made me feel special every time we got together. I’m going to miss my birthday phone calls that you never forgot to make to wish your “sis” a happy birthday. Eric I’m so sad you were so sad and I pray that our Loving God has you in His most comforting arms. That you are filled with His light and joy. Please give Wendy a huge Eric- hug from me; you’ll know what she looks like. I wasn’t finished with our friendship, so we’ll meet again one day on the lighter side to continue, of that I am sure. I will pray for your family Eric. Love you always, Nita

  31. Marianne and Children, My heart and tears are with you at this time. My hope is that you feel God’s strong and loving wings wrapped around you, to comfort you. My wish is that you find peace and see light each day. I remember your family’s beautiful, fun presence at our church and in our community. The Center Squeeze set the stage for organic local restaurants in the area and it was a place of love and inspiration for our community. Marianne, I miss you and I miss our friendship. I am sending Love Light and Peace with my message. Know you are supported in prayer here in CT. With Love, Krista Colletta

  32. To the O’Reilly family, My deepest sympathies to you all. Eric worked here at our office, Dodge Insurance Service, and while I worked in a different insurance area (employee benefits), when he passed by to get coffee, as my desk is near the kitchen, he was always such a smiling, happy, kind person and great story teller to everyone here. He gave me advice about where to take my Z car for service, as he’d talk about his love for Z cars and his family (not in that order). My hearthfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. He will surely be missed in this world, but a light will always be shining above for Eric. with sincerest sympathies, Linda Soule’

  33. Honey, I love you this morning, as I have loved you every morning since the day we joined together as one. I feel you here with me, your presence is everywhere in us all. I Love You, Marianne

  34. Marianne, So glad I saw you in Starbuck’s a few months ago so we could catch up and re-visit some of the El Segundo memories. In those days, Eric always seemed to have a couple of kids (at least) sitting on his shoulders, tagging along behind, tugging at his arm: a beautiful picture! We also had some of those “meaning of life” conversations, and it was his determination and example(and yours too, I’m sure) that made me re-think how to simplify and concentrate on what really matters. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family; I can only imagine the sadness of your loss. Jeff and I both send our condolences.

  35. To the whole O’Reilly family….my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very tough time and beyond. I feel so honored and blessed to have known both Katie and Casey….they are incredible young women due to the fact they had such a remarkable father and role model….if you guys need ANYTHING, all you need to do is ask…..

  36. Loren~ I never met your dad, but he sure sounds like a super great guy…I am so sorry for your loss. Certainly this is a very difficult time for you and your family, especially your mom. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Laura (Sarah’s mom)

  37. To the O’reilly family; After losing my brother, I know that no words can fully heal the pain of losing someone so dear to our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My Parents Jack and Mazal Shlomof were Eric’s first insurance customers, and through my parents our family and I met Eric. Since then we all stayed in touch and became long distance friends. Eric was humble, appreciative and positive. His love for Marianne and their kids was always expressed in his conversations with us, he never failed to say “I am blessed with the finest women and kids in the world.” In my last conversation with Eric a few months ago, Eric still spoke of his wife as though they were newlyweds and mentioned again how lucky he is and how much he loves her and all of his kids. It was always a pleasure talking to such an appreciative and positive man. I first heard of Eric’s passing through my mother Friday February 5, 2010. I am shocked (it’s almost unreal). Eric, heaven is lucky to have such an angel, you left many people with beautiful memories. Marianne and kids May G-d give you the strength and comfort through these memories of Eric and know that he will always be with you in spirit. With heartfelt Condolences MICHELE TAL

  38. Eric New Orleans won. I know that makes you very happy. I watched the game with our children, Vicki and Glen. We all felt you there. Can’t wait to see you again, Marianne

  39. Dedicated to my love, Eric We’ve had our share, Of life’s ups and downs, but fates been kind, the downs have been few, I guess you could say, We’ve been lucky, Oh, I guess you could say, That it’s all because we knew. If anyone, should ever write, our life story, for whatever reason there might be, you’d be there, between each line of pain and glory, cuz you’re the best thing that ever happened to me, Oh you’re the best thing that ever happened to me. There have been times, when times were hard, but always somehow WE made it, WE made it through, But for every moment that We’ve been hurtin’, there’s been a moment, that We’ve spent….. Oh just loving mmmmmmm, If anyone should ever write our life story, for whatever, for whatever reason there might be, you’d be there, between each line of pain and glory, Cuz your the best thing that ever happened to me, Oh your the best thing that ever happened to me, don’t you know, your the best thing…. Oh that ever happened, to me. Eternity and beyond Marianne

  40. Eric, Another day has come and gone, and we are here to carry on. Your spirit surrounds us. All our love Marianne Loren Lance Casey Katie Sarah Brody

  41. I’ve put off posting because I didn’t think I could find the words to say; I still can’t adequately express my thoughts but I wanted you to know just how much you all means to me. Eric was such an amazing man and I’m so lucky to have had him in my life. He made me feel welcome and part of a family when I was first on my own, living far from the place I’d grown up. People always say they love their spouse and kids, but Eric showed it in so many ways. He and his wife modeled how two people can maintain their own strong identities while becoming something even more impressive when they partnered. He talked with his kids often and spent time with them in such a way that his passion for their wellbeing and happiness was obvious. I admired his intelligence and was in awe of his many talents—Eric was one of the few renaissance men I’ve had the honor of knowing. He had such a spark—a confidence and warmth that make it hard to imagine him gone. M, L, L, C, and K . . . you are in my thoughts and prayers. Know I’m always here if you need someone to listen. Sending you doves of peace and wishes for renewed happiness. Eric may be gone physically, but his spirit will remain with us always.

  42. Dear Marianne: It is with great sorrow that we learned today of Eric’s passing a year ago. We are so sorry for your loss, and sorrier still that it took this long for us to extend our sincere condolences to you and your lovely children. We recognize that with so much time having passed that you may never actually see this message; but, if you do, please know how touched we were by the video remembrance on this site, and by the heartfelt comments from those who signed the guest book, especially yours! Cris and I hope that time has helped you heal the wound of this loss, and that you and your family have found a way to keep living in memory of your dear departed. We also hope that you get your wish and that you and Eric will be reunited…yours must have been a very special love. Our best to you and your children.

  43. Sweetie, How’s the weather up there? It’s cold here without your warmth. I know you’re making everyone laugh still. Are you busy fixing things. Everything here is breaking, finally had to hire a handyman for the first time. I miss you deeply and long to see you smile at me again. ME

  44. Hi Mrs. O’Reilly. You may not remember me but I always wondered about you guys! My name is Anthony Madrid and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend a long time ago with your sons and a couple other kids (Jensen talmo and Chris freckleton) all made possible by Tony McGleazy apologies if I spelled his name wrong! You were kind enough to allow us to spend the weekend with you guys, take us for my first ever frappachino and my only ride in a small airplane! Unfortunately I learned about the loss of your husband my condolences go to you and your family. I just wanted to tell you as an adult now (27years), that I am thankful for the memories and the loving hospitality you guys shared with me and that even though its been almost 20 years ago, I can still remember it as if it were yesterday! Hope your sons are well!!!

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