Penny

aka

Michael O’Reilly

Penny (Michael O'Reilly) passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019. He had been struggling with cancer for several months. The board dedicated the 2019 Pride Dance to Penny. The proceeds from the 50/50 were donated to Howard Brown Health Center, a charity Penny supported.

Penny (Michael O'Reilly) passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019. He had been struggling with cancer for several months. The board dedicated the 2019 Pride Dance to Penny. The proceeds from the 50/50 were donated to Howard Brown Health Center, a charity Penny supported.


I have lots of memories of Penny. Great guy and friend. We read books together and discussed. He was a willing and cheerful worker, always willing and eager to climb 25 foot ladders! Not me.. always smiling, happy, cheerful, never a mean or gossiping word. Truly a good and decent man. I loved dancing with Penny. Had rhythm and knew how to move to music. Excellent dancer. Danced with a certain grace. I miss him already. Gone too soon. — Jeff Hutchins.

Penny was a jewel and I originally met him in 2006, funny, articulate and down right to earth. I feel very blessed and privilege to have known him, may his spirit always be a shining star in our hearts, GOD BLESS YOUR SPIRIT PENNY, SHINE BRIGHT! — Bernard Boynkin

The last time I saw him at a dance he pulled me aside and said “What I wish for you is that you would think less and celebrate more.” — Rebecca Abisdris

Penny was one of the nicest people I know, he will be missed. — Peter Lang

I did not know Penny well, but I remember him as someone always helpful and encouraging to new dancers like myself, helping others to discover the joy he himself found in dancing. — Chris Murray

I'm in total shock. Very sad news. Penny will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. I'm glad I got the opportunity to know him. — Bobby Poyner

I’m devastated to hear this. Penny was always kind and welcoming to me. I only knew him for a short time but I will miss him greatly. 😞 — Tracy Ruppman

OMG! He was the nicest guy! He will be missed. :-( — Rich Sehnert 

He will be missed! He was one of the nicest guys I ever met. — MJ Collins-Ruebensam

Penny receiving his Mainstream Blast graduation certificate, with Club Caller Arlene Kaspik and Board President Rob Sierzega. April 3, 2016.

Penny receiving his Mainstream Blast graduation certificate, with Club Caller Arlene Kaspik and Board President Rob Sierzega. April 3, 2016.

I will always remember Penny for his willingness to give a helping hand! Several years ago I was home watching TV and poof, half the house went dark. So out came the extension cords until I could call an electrician. During one of the Thursday night square dances I was lamenting about my electrical problem and Penny said he was an electrician and was willing to come over and take a look. After going room to room he figured out what the problem was, a loose wire in one of the light switches and quickly resolved the problem and poof my house was fully lit up! I was very grateful for his help. Then in April I went I broke my leg skiing he sent me a get well text stating that he would be happy to help me again with getting Rx's groceries or whatever I needed. He was a very sweet man always ready to help. I will miss his friendship, his great Halloween costumes and dancing with him! — Gloria Maile

Penny cutting a rug at the August 2018 No Experience Needed Dance Party!

Penny was always the sweetest dance partner. — Paul Caulfield

A couple of years ago Penny joined my Plus class all the way up in Kenilworth. He took the train up there once a week. Penny was such a wonderful addition to the class. He was an excellent dancer. Explain a call once and he had it. Yet he was always patient with those who needed a little more time. He was just a wonderful presence. I got to tell him how much I admired him about a month ago. He seemed so alive. It was a shock to hear he'd passed away so soon after. The man had courage and kindness. I feel lucky to have known him. — Bruce Holmes

The Pride Dance dedicated to our dear friend Penny. Dancers contributed $350 to be donated to Howard Brown Health Center in Penny’s name. June 15, 2019.

The Pride Dance dedicated to our dear friend Penny. Dancers contributed $350 to be donated to Howard Brown Health Center in Penny’s name. June 15, 2019.

I'm still coming to terms with this loss. But everyone in this picture is smiling . . . and it's because we all got to dance with Penny and laugh with Penny, make delightful fools of ourselves with Penny. Such sweet sadness. — Jack Neiditch

Penny’s home.

Penny’s home.