Heather J. Reilly

  • Died: September 26, 2020
  • Location: Lakeville, Massachusetts

Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370

mbfhrjb@aol.com
Tel. (781) 878-1775

Tribute & Message From The Family


In Loving Memory

Heather Jean MacDonald
February 13, 1979 – September 26, 2020

Heather Jean (MacDonald) Reilly, age 41, of Lakeville, MA passed away after a six year battle with metastatic breast cancer on Saturday, September 26, 2020. She passed peacefully at home with family by her side. Heather was born in Rockland, MA and raised in Hanson, MA. She lived in Rockland MA and Carver MA for many years before moving recently to Lakeville last October with her Son Sean. Heather had a Bachelor's degree from Simmons College and worked for South Shore Hospital as a Registered Nurse for 19 years; 12 of which were in the Critical Care Unit. Heather is Survived by two Sons', John Reilly, age 21, of Blackstone VA and Sean Reilly, age 13 of Lakeville, MA., her Parents Debra Cookson and her Husband Kevin Cookson of Hanson, MA, whom she considered her Dad since he raised her since she was a young child, her Father Garfield William MacDonald and his Wife Theresa MacDonald of Rockland, MA, her Maternal Grandmother Gloria Lourenco and life-long partner John (Judd) Levangie whom she considered her Grandfather since birth of Interlachen, FL, her Brothers/Step Brothers, who she considered all her Brothers, Stephen Cookson of Hanson, MA, Jordan Cookson of Foxboro MA, Troy MacDonald of Olney, MD, Stephen MacDonald of Abington, MA, Kevin MacDonald of Whitman, MA and her Sister/Step Sister, who she considered her Sister, Kristine MacDonald. She is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins, and cherished friends and last but not least, many Predeceased family members who always remained in her heart.

Heather was a devoted mother to her two sons and the reason she did everything. She worked in a profession she loved as a critical care nurse taking care of others right up until the past few months due to COVID, and was an exercise enthusiast where she made many lasting friendships along the way. Heather enjoyed the simple things in life most like spending time with family and friends, going to movies especially with her Mom and Sean, attending concerts with friends, girls night out of course, going out for appetizers and drinks with her besties from work after a long 12 hour shift, her hot pink wig, mani/pedi's were her treat to herself, lifting up other women hence the #TEAMGORGEOUS, the changing of the seasons, Halloween, all the Holidays especially Christmas and Thanksgiving and her Mom's "yummy" food.

Despite battling an incurable cancer, she did so with the most amazing amount of positivity, grace, dignity, integrity and courage. She wanted to set an example, especially for her two boys, that no matter what life throws at you never ever give up and she never did. In any struggle in life she would tell you there is always hope.

The ripples of Heather's journey in life are still seen today: in her two sons who she loved with all her heart and was most proud of, in every nurse she mentored and every patient who was cared for during her career, in every person she inspired during her battle with cancer, and in all her family and treasured friends who she loved with all her heart, and will live in her honor. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her and especially missed by her two boys John & Sean.


Funeral and burial will be at Holy Family Cemetery, 92 Centre Ave., Rockland MA on Friday, October 2 at 11am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours on Thursday, October 1 from 5 - 8 pm at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland MA. For messages and directions, see Magoun-Biggins.com.

Heather's Facebook page will remain open and all are welcome to post memories, pictures and videos or final words to her there. Memorial donations may be made to a Go Fund Page that will be set up shortly entitled "Heather Reilly Memorial" for her Son Sean.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

To Sean, John, Cathy and Heather's family...
I am so terribly saddened to hear of Heather's passing.She was an example of how to live with dignity and courage.She made her world and the world of so many a better place to be. She was a beautiful soul taken far too soon. May your memories of Heather carry you through what will be undoubtedly tough for you all. The legacy she is leaving of a life filled with love will help. I am so blessed to have known her as I am positive many will say. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. ❤

Posted by Kelley Kivior - Rockland, MA - Friend   September 30, 2020

Although we didn't know you very long, Kevin and I were so touched by your gentleness and kindness that just shown in your face. Rest in peace, Heather...

Posted by Diana and Kevin Senna - Pembroke, MA - Family Friend   September 30, 2020

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Heathers gym family will miss her smile and energy. Sending strength and prayers to her sons, her Aunt Cathy and the rest of her family. If there is a spin class in heaven Heather will be leading the way.

Posted by Norwell Athletic Club - Norwell, MA - Friend   September 30, 2020

Godspeed Heather, Rest In Peace and pray for us all in these turbulent times ❤

Posted by Maria Ryan - Hingham, MA - Acquaintance   September 30, 2020

Heather will be missed so much. God bless you Heather and your family. Peace to you all. Love the Carr Family of Holbrook, MA.

Posted by Michael Carr - Holbrook, MA - Friend   September 29, 2020

Heather was just simply amazing in every way! She was the light of my life! I fell in love the minute I met her and who wouldn't? She gave me 41 years of so much joy. I spent (monopolized) as much time with her as possible because every minute I spent with her made me so happy. No matter what we were doing I enjoyed just being with her. I will miss everything about her. I will miss our time together more than anyone could know. She was more than my Niece, she was the closet thing to my daughter, she was my best friend and my person too. I love you most Heather and always will. You'll be missed more than you can ever imagine. Until we meet again...

Posted by Cathy Clifford - Pembroke, MA - Family   September 29, 2020

Very sad to hear of Heathers loss. I worked with Heather for many years in the ICU and she was a great, positive spirit. May she fly high with the angels and rest in peace

Posted by Phoebe Potter - Coworker   September 29, 2020

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I'm so sorry for your loss heather was a great kind Caring person and she made my day everyday she was working. Heather will be greatly missed

Posted by Nick Blood - Hanson, MA - Coworker   September 29, 2020

Heather's Obituary is wonderful . Having worked with her in Critical Care, her beautiful voice, sparkling eyes and dedication will always be remembered . You boys have quite a Mom.

Posted by Kathy Frado - S Weymouth, MA - Coworker   September 29, 2020

God Bless this young lady ! She did fight with the Grace and Dignity that I have never seen in anyone else. Always putting others before self. She is flying high now, with all her angles.

Posted by Nancy Clifford - South Dennis, MA - Friend   September 29, 2020

Heather was such an amazing person! I've known her since we were kids, I remember when we used to go to Lake George together in NY. She was such a bright light, and always so upbeat and positive. We weren't related by blood but I always considered her my cousin. I wish I could be there to show my respects and condolences. My deepest and most sincere condolences go out to her son's who had the most amazing mom. She will be sorely missed and happily remembered.

Posted by John Levangie - Kailua Kona, HI - Family   September 29, 2020


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