I have been waiting to see this posted but haven’t yet so, sadly,
I’ll go ahead.
Paul Reilly passed away this last week in Colorado Springs. I know
there were some on Orchid who knew Paul as a friend and neighbor.
I met Paul in my first jewelry class in college in Oneonta NY in
1978. He was the TA for the class. I remember his blue denim work
shirt and the belt buckle that he made-- wore it everyday, I can see
it still in his pictures on FaceBook. There is a picture of him on
his FB page in the jewelry studio back at school. It’s where artful
jewelry began for me.
We were great friends back in upstate NY. He and his wife Margie, my
wife Kim and I. We fished whenever we could, collected all manner of
critters (there’s a turtle in his house right now from those days),
shot pool and worked in our studios. He and Margie were at our
wedding. Our friendship extended through New Jersey and then out to
I hadn’t been in touch with Paul for a while but had reconnected
after his wife Margie passed away in 2008. My wife Kim and I drove
down from Denver to spend an afternoon with him. It was good to be
Paul loved to learn. He loved science, animals and making things.
There are people in your personal and professional lives who you will
always associate with what it is you do. Paul is one of those.