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Arnold J. I. O'Reilly

March 20, 2023

Arnold J. I. O'ReillyArnold Joseph Isidore O’Reilly, “Arnie”, “AO”, 82, Clayton and winter resident of Orlando, FL since 2000, passed away peacefully in Orlando, FL with his wife Ann and granddaughter, Emily O’Reilly by his side on March 17th, 2023.

Arnie was born in Maniwaki, Quebec on February 15, 1941, son of Michael and Emilee Rivet O’Reilly. He graduated from Bosco High School, received his Bachelor of Art degree majoring in French from St Lawrence University (Class of 1965) where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and their Varsity Hockey team. He was a fierce hockey competitor all 4 years and was named Second Team All-ECAC in 1963-1964. He was even drafted by the NY Rangers. He received his Masters of Education degree from Potsdam State University. On April 11, 1966, he married the love of his life, Ann L. Breitner at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, NY with Fr. Ed Kulakowski officiating.

Arnie was a French teacher for 1000 Islands Central School and retired in 1996 after 31 years of service at the school. He was a beloved golf coach for 28 years. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Clayton and Blessed Trinity Church in Orlando.  He served on the St. Mary’s Parish Council and was a 3rd Degree Knight serving for the Knights of Columbus Council 350. He was a member of the Clayton Lion’s Club from 1965-1980, an organizer and starter for the Clayton Christmas Parade (for over 50 years), and a volunteer for the Clayton Food Pantry and the Paynter Senior Center.

Arnie was very involved in golf and hockey. He was an official for Northern Ice Hockey Officials Association (NIHOA) and a USA Hockey Official. He was a Referee Assignor for 30 years for Clayton Minor Hockey and was the Referee in Chief in the Clayton Area.  Although fate intervened and made him hang up his ice skates, he continued to become a stellar golfer over the years by playing in leagues and tournaments in both the Clayton and Orlando areas until the very end.

As active as Arnie was with his garden, his sports, and his community service commitments, nothing was more important to him than his family. He treasured time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandson, and making frequent trips to Canada to spend time with his family there. He surely was the family rock and lit up every room he entered with his big, easy smile and wonderful contagious laugh. Life was to be enjoyed, and he lived his life fully with an abundance of love and joy. It was impossible to not be happy in his presence.

He will be missed tremendously by so many. Along with his wife of 57 years, Ann, Arnie is survived by his daughter Alynda Ann Haycock, (Dan), and their 2 children, Cayla (Tyler) Hutteman (Rochester) and Dr. Gabriella (Bob) Owens (Brownville); his son Shawn Patrick Arnold O’Reilly, (Lisa) and their 3 children, Megan, Emily, and Andrew (Syracuse); great grandson Lukkas (Rochester); 4 sisters, Linda Charbonneau, Gatineau, Canada, and Stella Richard, Noreen O’Reilly and husband Paul LaFrance, and Gail O’Reilly and husband Roland Sequin, all from Maniwaki, Canada; 2 sister-in-laws, Marie-Paule Lauriault and Louise Chalifour, both of Gatineau; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, Arnie was predeceased by 3 brothers, Francis, Ambrose, and Lawrence O’Reilly, sister-in-law, Monique Leduc, and 2 brother-in-laws, Garry Charbonneau and Nelson Richard.

His funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church followed by a burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Clayton NY.  Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.Cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Arnie’s name may be made to Thousand Islands Youth Hockey Association, PO Box 278, Clayton, New York 13624 or Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary’s Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624.


#45 Linda LaLonde 2023-04-07 11:34
Ann and family I am deeply sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. Arnie touched many lives over his years. I hope your many happy memories will help comfort you through this difficult time.
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#44 Gary Russell 2023-04-02 15:29
Reading the obituary, two names caught my attention. I have relatives that are Rivet's, and my grandmother was a Charbonneau that we can trace back to 1650's Quebec.

Again, my condolences to you and family. As my golfer Dad always said, it is a game you can play right up till the end. I am sure your Dad did as well.
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#43 Steve LeBlanc 2023-04-01 16:20
I spent my high school years listening to the sports report out of Potsdam radio station--I kept hearing the exploits of one hockey player named "O'Reilly." Imagine my shock when I found out that I was on the same teaching staff with the one and only Arnie O'Reilly from St. Lawrence University, the same one I heard about in all those sports reports.
Arnie added a special flair to all he did and made golf at TI something very special. He was a great colleague and an even greater person. He will be missed.
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#42 Vince Spadaro 2023-03-30 07:31
Shawn, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Golf, Hockey, Community, and of course Family...He was obviously a great man. After reading the obituary, I wish I could have met him and played a round of golf with him. So sorry for your loss
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#41 Laura Brown 2023-03-30 02:29
Ann and Family-
I am very saddened to hear of Arnies passing! He will be missed by many! My deepest condolences!
Laura Brown!
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#40 Marie & Dan Ebbing 2023-03-28 21:50
Arnie and Ann welcomed us to the neighborhood 28 years ago and we will never forget his upbeat personality and so apparent he cared about his community. He was truly a gentleman and respected by all. Sending Love and Peace..
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#39 Christopher Dorr 2023-03-28 15:44
Alynda and Shawn

I am so sorry to hear of Arnie's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have many fond memories of your father.
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#38 Ann Bennett 2023-03-27 19:19
Dear Ann and family
Lee and I were so sorry to hear of Arnie's passing. Arnie was a special person who loved God, his family and Clayton. He will be surely missed. May he rest in peace.
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#37 Andrew Bazinet 2023-03-27 18:24
Wishing the O'Reilly family and Clayton community strength during this time. A true leader and huge community supporter both on and off the hockey rink and golf course. AO will be missed. RIP AO.
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#36 Ed & Mary Wallace 2023-03-27 11:15
Ann & family, Our sincere condolences on Arnie's passing. He contributed so much to his family, his Church & service organizations and to the youth of Clayton. May he RIP
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