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Patrick J. Reilly, president of John W. Danforth Co.

Jan. 19, 1959 – May 26, 2015

Patrick J. Reilly, president of John W. Danforth Co., died Monday in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was 56.

A lifelong Buffalonian, Mr. Reilly graduated from Nichols School in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University at Buffalo in 1984 and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from UB in 1990. He also earned a master of business administration degree from UB.

Mr. Reilly started at John W. Danforth Co. in 1979 as an intern and in 1982 he was hired full time as estimator and project manager. He worked his way up to vice president in 1992 and became president in 2011.

During Mr. Reilly’s four years as president, he was instrumental in the company’s transformation from private ownership to 100 percent employee ownership. Under his direction, Danforth has become one of the largest mechanical contractors in the eastern United States.

Mr. Reilly was active in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, including the Labor Estimating Manual Committee. He also was active in many local labor-management committees, including serving as a trustee of United Association Local 22 Health, Welfare and Pension Plans. He was a certified professional of National Environmental Balancing Bureau, where he served on the board of directors from 1999 to 2004 and was named president of the Western New York chapter in 1996.

He was active in many local organizations, including Families of FANA, where he, along with his wife, were members of the board of directors. He also served on the board of directors of Gateway Longview and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. He also was a longtime fundraiser for many Western New York charitable organizations.

Mr. Reilly was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo and the St. Catharines Club in Canada. He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Maureen Godzich; a son, Kevin A.; a daughter, Julia M.; his mother, Helen; and two brothers, Kevin Duke and Dennis.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.

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