Reilly Murrant

Obituary of Reilly Murrant

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John “Reilly” Lloyd Murrant, 24 Glace Bay, N.S. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our son and brother, John Reilly Lloyd Murrant, age 24, of Glace Bay. Reilly passed away on November 6, 2023 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family as a result of complications from an underlying health condition. Reilly is survived by his loving and devoted parents Debbie and Keith Murrant, paternal grandparents Lillian Lyons and Charles Murrant, his brothers Jason Lloyd (Catie) and Mitchell Murrant (Madeline), his sisters Megan Gainer (Ryan) and Haley Murrant, his niece Morgan Lloyd and nephew Beckett Gainer, countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends as well as his dogs Mishka and Izzy. Reilly was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Laurie and Jean Lloyd. Reilly was a force to be reckoned with as soon as he made his way into this world on Valentine’s Day, 1999. From a young age, Reilly showed an interest in living life to the fullest, firmly planting himself in the fast lane. He loved to stay active with sports including hockey, snowboarding, biking, and playing frisbee. He was forever pushing his (and other’s) limits, and was always up for a new adventure that frequently included some form of wheels and/or motors; even better if it involved mud, snow or the company of the family dogs. From his cars, to bikes, to ATVs, Reilly was a man in motion and embraced anyone along the way with open arms who dared trying to keep up with him. Often, Reilly’s spunk and devilish charm even got unwilling family and friends to take part in his misadventures, much to his delight. Another great passion of Reilly’s was lobster fishing. School was not cutting it for Reilly, so he hightailed it out of there and took up residence on the “Marcie Louise” at the Port Morien wharf as Dad’s right-hand man, where he stood his post for over a decade. Salt water ran through his veins year-round as he counted down the days for lobster season to start. His larger-than-life, outrageous personality made him a fixture down at the wharf. He couldn’t be missed on account of his white-blonde hair stuck straight up like Billy Idol full of salt spray and sweat. Even if you didn’t see him coming, you could always hear him. His colorful vocabulary and infectious laugh were unmistakable. In no time at all, everyone knew and loved Reilly. He was an extremely hard worker, resulting in his hands being calloused well beyond their years. He loved his family and friends deeply, and took those relationships very seriously. He was extremely loyal to those close to him, and never held a grudge a day in his life. Just like he would protect those he loved at all costs, he also looked to his close friends and family for support when he needed it. He was hilarious, honest (some might say too honest) and generous, and had a caring and kind spirit under his rowdy, cantankerous outer shell. Reilly taught us many lessons that no one else could have, including patience, loyalty, acceptance, and unconditional love. He was always striving to write his own story, and proudly presented his life's twists and turns on his body through his extensive collection of tattoos. We would like to thank the amazing nursing staff and care teams at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their compassion and dedication to Reilly. We will always remember how well you took care of our entire family throughout this most challenging time. Cremation has taken place under the care and compassion of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Glace Bay, N.S. A “uniquely-Reilly” memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Reilly’s life and continued legacy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Reilly’s honor to the SPCA, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charity or Diabetes Canada. Words of comfort may be expressed to Reilly’s family by visiting