Terry O’Reilly

By William Carter

TerryOReillyTerry was great as a jazz foundation board member.  In the first place, he was a straight shooter, an honest lifelong lover of the “big brass sound,” as he called it, and he put his resources where his heart was: he put his legal conference room at the disposal of the SFTJF Board for our meetings for some years, for one thing. For another he found ways to connect our work to important research programs at the University of California (despite being outnumbered by Stanford-leaning  board members), including sponsoring a series of taped interviews with former Turk Murphy band members.   His passion for the Watters sound was unrestrained and blissfully unaffected by decades of “progress” among players and critics alike.  Straight ahead and muscular — like his passion for rugby and cars.  Although the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation broadened and expanded over the years, Terry’s singularly directed passion was the foundation of the Foundation, and he is sorely missed.

William Carter

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 4:00 am

Terry O’Reilly, 70, of Hailey, Idaho, died peacefully at home on Oct. 16. His death was the result of pancreatic cancer.

Terry was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England, on April 12, 1945. He immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 16. He received an undergraduate degree at Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley.

Terry began practicing law in 1970, and was one of the most distinguished and successful trial lawyers in the country, not only in the number and magnitude of cases won, but also in the many impressive awards and honors bestowed upon him by his peers. Despite his long career and love of the law, he treasured the stillness of the Wood River Valley and made it his permanent home in 2010.

Terry had a larger-than-life personality that brought joy to many people across many walks of life. His passion for rugby, his love of music, his enthusiasm for classic cars and his great service as a litigator are just a few of the diverse pursuits that define him. His intelligence, humor and generosity of spirit were as big as the man himself. He lit up a room whenever he walked into it. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Pierceall; his two sons, Toby and Matthew; his mother, Doris O’Reilly; his brother Stephen O’Reilly; and his sister, Kathleen Owens.   Services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum.

The family would like to deeply thank the hospice staff and the caregivers for the loving care and kindness they provided to Terry, and that any donations be made in honor of Terry to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley or St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho. Friends may visit www.woodriverchapel.com to share a message, photo or story and to light a candle.

Robin R. Eidsmo, Executive  Director,  Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

A more detailed obituary from SFGate can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?pid=176211216