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Mike Jackson
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Mike Reilley

Post by Mike Jackson » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:12 pm

Hi, I just received this note about Mike Reilley.
Hi, I am writing to let you know that Mike is in hospice care as a result of his long struggle with lung cancer. He is at the Collier Center at Lutheran Medical in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. I am trying to reach out to people to let them know and hope that they will contact him to say hello and perhaps share some memories. Please let me know if I have contacted you in error. Mike's cell is 303 427 8504 Collier is 303 425 8000 he is in room 222.
He loved being part of the Letterheads and has always enjoyed his occupation, stopping work only in the last few months.
Judy (Reilley) Morrissey
Mike Jackson / co-administrator
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Kent Smith
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Re: Mike Reilley

Post by Kent Smith » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:31 am

Mike passed away on Sun. He was a great champion of keeping the craft alive and instrumental in hosting both the 1985 and 1995 meets in Denver. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Re: Mike Reilley

Post by pat mackle » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:24 pm

Sorry to here this news. I never met this man, but sorry to see him go just the same. Hooray for those who promote the craft.

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Re: Mike Reilley

Post by Dan Seese » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:17 pm

Thank you, Mike & Kent, for letting us know about Mike Reilley's recent death.

I didn't know him real well, but I always enjoyed interacting with him - preparing for the '95 meet and periodically discussing our career twists & turns through the years. His enthusiasm portrayed the heart of a solid tradesman who loved the craft and who was eager to help others learn the basics and excel in their skills. A good, honest sign person who will be missed by his family and leave a hole in our network of Letterhead friends.

Life is short.
"The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne."
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340 - 1400)


Doug Bernhardt
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Re: Mike Reilley

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:20 am

Never know how to say how bad I feel to see the "old guard" dropping away as we all are starting to do. I never really knew Mike but was certainly aware his reputation and had a great deal of respect for him. My best to his family and the family of craftsmen who journey with him.

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