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Thomas Michael O’Reilly of Powell, Ohio, 84, passed away peacefully in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023.
Tom was born Sept. 21, 1938, in Columbus to Patrick Francis “Frank” and Mary “Dorothy” (Quinn) O’Reilly. His family first lived in the Linden area and then lived on a farm near Cleveland Avenue and State Route 161 before moving back to the “city,” returning to Linden.
He attended Saint Augustine School, where at some point he had a job working in the boiler room, and then Saint Charles Preparatory School, where heplayed football (quarterback) and baseball (pitcher) for the Cardinals before graduating in 1956.
Tom then worked at Battelle Memorial Institute for a year before studying at the University of Dayton and then The Ohio State University, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
On April 4, 1964, he married the love of his life, Eunice Bates, at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in the Westgate area of Columbus. They reared their children in the Forest Park area on the north side of Columbus and in Dublin, Ohio.
Pioneers in the information technology industry, Tom and his brother Jack founded Computer Applications Center in 1966. They provided data processing services in offices based in Columbus, starting on Washington Avenue. Then in 1990, Computer Applications Center merged with one of its clients, Compensation Consultants, Inc., in Dublin, which was later one of the founders of CareWorks, a managed care organization.
Tom and Jack created a warm family atmosphere where many employees stayed for decades.
Tom will be remembered for his work ethic, sense of humor, engaging personality, wisdom,generosity, and much more, including his love of sports, especially golf. The rock of his family, he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather whom everyone leaned on for advice.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eunice (Bates) O’Reilly; daughter, Molly O’Reilly (husband Tim McGhee), Powell; son Dan O’Reilly(fiancée Anna Haston), Bexley; granddaughter, Cassidy Wilmoth (fiancé Zach Brown), Barberton; grandson, Connor Wilmoth, Berea; brothers, Jack O’Reilly and Pat O’Reilly (wife Bernadette), all of Westerville; and many other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy O’Reilly; daughter, Mary O’Reilly, who passed away March 31; and sisters-in-law, Geri O’Reilly and Joyce O’Reilly.
Special thanks to all the angels working and volunteering at the James Cancer Hospital and Kobacker House.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at Egan-Ryan Funeral Service’s Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, 43220, and 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22at Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church, 7179 Avery Road, Dublin, 43017.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held atSt. Brigid at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 22. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 9571 N. High St., Lewis Center, Ohio, 43035.
In lieu of donations, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.