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Robert & Christopher Reed

Robert & Christopher Reed Obituary

Robert Reed was a devoted husband and father. After serving in the military, he met the sweetheart of his life, Elizabeth Joyce Stewart, a Southern Belle,  and they married in the autumn of 1949. They raised 16 children together: 10 sons and 6 daughters. As a devoted husband, he never left her side. They were one team and one unit, and they modeled this devotion for all to witness. As a devoted father, he chose the company of his children over his own solitude, often connecting them to the things he valued like nature, art, and music. His Grumman Christmas bonus was a favorite day when he would go out and spend it on all the gifts that would make Christmas come to life. His family readings of the Bible, Lord of the Rings, and Sherlock Holmes kept the family close and unified. His sing-a-longs of American classics and seafaring ballads still ring in everyone’s hearts.  If a child showed a talent or interest, he would quietly foster their gift by buying what was needed: microscopes, instruments, or even clay to sculpt.  Right in his backyard, he built  for his sons two clam boats and then two ocean worthy vessels for commercial fishing. In fact the “backyard” was a world in its own with a homemade playground, treehouse, running track, and many winter ice skating rinks. He always made sure his kids had something magical to do.  

As one of Grumman’s engineers for the LEM, the F-14 Tomcat, and the EA6B Prowler, he found ways to incorporate these skills with his children’s lives. Robert Reed, in his “spare time”, became a master sculptor, poet, and gardener. He was passionate about all of life and was never idle. If he was ever seen sitting, he would declare, “I just sat down!” Robert, you have lovingly devoted yourself to your wife and children. It’s ok to rest. …And may you rest in peace.

Christopher Ward Reed, New York State Cross Country State Champion 1972, was a loving son and brother. He was always the big brother looking out for another way to lend a helping hand to a sibling in need.  In the winter snow, he was the one pushing or pulling the sled. In the summer warmth, he got the youngest outdoors on long walks at Wildwood park. He willingly drove his sister to and from all her cello lessons so that her talent could blossom. He surprised even Santa himself by hand making a wooden foosball game and knock hockey game for his little brothers that colored their Christmas mornings. When his sister was in distress, he found her a home, bought her a washer and dryer, and then a car. Most of the money he earned as a Great South Bay Clammer went to all of his family. Christopher, you will always be remembered as our loving big brother; the one who told all the jokes at the dinner table: the kind that little kids like.  We know that you were still looking for a way to give or serve when you departed. You will be deeply missed and loved for all the good you have done.

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Graveside Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Lawrence Cemetery, Sayville

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