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Safe Home Ray and Tom

Raymond J. Reali
January 19, 1938- January 16, 2022)
Heaven gained another good man today. Just shy of his 84th birthday, our dad fought so hard through his illness to stay with us. He is at peace now, resting with the angels.

Dad was a devoted railroad man his whole career, pouring concrete driveways and sidewalks on the side. As a child, I remember he was always moving, sleeping when he could, often working 3 jobs in order to give his girls every opportunity. “Spider”, as he was known, wasn’t a big guy but he was oddly strong and tough as nails.

Dad was one of the most engaging people I have ever known. Funny and charming, a real Irishman and a born entertainer, he would routinely break into song, tell and re-tell (sometimes inappropriate) jokes and hilarious stories, laughing uproariously at his own punch lines. He was a lot of fun.

Dad made so many people, even strangers to us, feel special. He avoided saying an unkind word about anyone. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, cousin, son-in-law, brother-in-law, father-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. I am touched that so many have already reached out and deeply feel his loss.

In the end though, to us, he was just dad. I know he loved our mom and me, my husband, my sisters, and his grandchildren so much. We will never forget the fun memories of our childhood growing up on West 165th and back in Ireland. Family meant everything to him. He was proud of us. He told us all the time.

We will miss him. We take comfort in knowing that he is with his family and friends that have gone to their eternal rest before him. We take comfort in knowing his was a life well-lived.

Ray Reali passed away peacefully with his family at his side on January 16, 2022. Beloved husband to Johannah M. “Joan” (ne Hartnett); loving father to Maureen Gudgeon (Toby, deceased), Colleen Ann Reali (David Shapiro) and Dara Reali; beloved grandfather to Hugh, Ellen, Thomas, William and Caroline; dear son of the late Margaret (nee Brown) and William Reali; beloved brother of Robert (deceased), John (Marie, deceased), and William; son-in-law of the late Mary Ellen (ne O’Shea) and Michael Hartnett of Lehid, Tousist, Co. Kerry, Ireland; beloved brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Raymond proudly worked as a railroad clerk for Con-rail and Norfolk Southern. As a young man, he served in the U.S. National Guard. He will be remembered for all the fun and merriment he brought to the world. He spent 55 years traveling back to his home in Co. Kerry, Ireland where he made many lifelong friends. His was a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist, 3675 West 165th Street, Cleveland, OH 44111 or the Westside Catholic Center, 3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113. 
Obituary courtesy of Chamber’s Funeral Homes

Thomas J. Egan, Sr.
Age 84, native of Shule, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Beloved husband of 55 years to Kathleen (nee Murphy); loving father of Thomas J. Jr. (Eileen) and James (Mary Ann); proud
Papa of Owen, Seamus, Catherine and Clare; dear brother of Dell Murphy of Charlotte, NC, Kathleen Tierney of Ireland, Seamus (deceased) of Ireland, Maura O’Doherty of Queens, NY and Sean (deceased) of NY; beloved uncle, cousin and dear friend of many. Tom retired from BP after many years of service and was a longtime member, volunteer and trustee and was honored as Man of the Year for the West Side Irish American Club. Passed away January 15, 2022.
Obituary courtesy of Chamber’s Funeral Homes

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