Peter Lilly

Obituary of Peter Lilly


You left this world,

But love keeps your presence aflame.

Beyond the veil of the unknown,

You pause, turn around,

Your eyes sparkle.

We hear your laughter in our hearts.

Your determination gives us courage.

Your loyalty teaches us.

Your generosity will protect us.

Peter, you left this world,

But the immensity of your love

Will live with us forever.


Peter George Lilly, age 67, of New York City died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 10, 2017, at his vacation home in Greentown. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Nancy Ann Karen O'Connell.

Born August 14, 1949, in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Edward Francis and Mary (Campbell) Lilly. After graduating St. Agnes Cathedral High School in Rockville Centre, NY, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he formed life-long friendships before receiving his Bachelor degree from Richmond College in Staten Island, NY. Prior to his retirement, he was an EDP auditor for National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC/DTCC).

But who was Peter? Our family-famous gourmet, world-traveling photographer, constant reader, was the glue who kept us connected, laughing, and well-fed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son: Keegan O'Connell-Lilly of New York City; one sister: Ellen Brubaker and her husband Roy of South Plainfield, NJ; two brothers: Edward Lilly and his wife Nancy of St. Charles, IL, and Paul Lilly and his wife Deborah of East Rockaway, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lilly.

Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. Memorials may be made to New York Public Library at