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The Telegram
  • Matthew J. (Matt) Reile

  • Matthew J. (Matt) Reile, 50, of Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.

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  • Matthew J. (Matt) Reile, 50, of Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.
    He was born Aug. 19, 1960, in Denver, Colo., the son of Donald J. and Mary A. (Flaherty) Reile. Matt was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1979, and also graduated from Herkimer County Community College with an associate’s degree.
    His marriage to Linda Thomas took place on Nov. 17, 1982, in Florida.
    Matt was owner and operator of Reile’s Contractors in Herkimer and was a mason by trade.
    With family as his foremost priority, Matt centered his life around his loved ones, proving to be a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. His favorite time was spent with his cherished grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, Matt found much comfort and relaxation fishing along the West Canada Creek. He was founder and creator of the “Riff Raft.”
    Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Linda; his parents, Donald and Mary, of Ilion; two sons, Brian Reile and girlfriend, Lisa Rice, of Herkimer, and James Reile and wife, Ashley, of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Mary Reile, of Herkimer; a brother, Donn S. Reile and girlfriend, Maureen, of Gloversville; his grandchildren, Brian G. Reile (Little B) and Traevian A. Reile Thom; his father and mother-in-law, Donald J. & Josephine Thomas, of Palm Bay, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Debbie Thomas, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Kathleen Arruda and husband, Bill, of Palm Bay, Fla.; brother-in-law, Donald J. Thomas, Jr., of Palm Bay, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Beverly and Ronald Reile, of Ilion, Patricia and Paul Reile, of Utica, Kathy Parker of New York Mills, and Gordon and Valerie Duncan, of Herkimer; four nieces, Rachel Reile, Jessica McCabe, Nicole Krause and Allison Arruda; nephew, Bradley Reile; a cousin, Julie Orilio, of Deerfield; and his best friend, Timothy Ploff, of Ilion.
    Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, 866-1500, with Reverend Laurie Percival Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Sunday, July 24, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. All memorial contributions may be made to Limbs for Life Foundation, 218 E. Main St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Matt’s online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneral service.com on the Internet.

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