HOLLAND: John “Jack” Edgar Reed, 82, of Holland, Massachusetts, passed away Monday, May 29 at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts with his soul-mate by his side. Jack is the son of the late Edgar and Lillian (Edmund) Reed. He is survived by his loving family: wife Donna Reed of Holland, MA; three sons: Scott Reed and his daughter-in-law Michelle Reed of Bear Mountain, NY, Jay Reed of Boston, MA and Gary Reed of Worcester, MA; daughter: Lisa Corazzo of Brimfield, MA his brother Gary Reed of Terryville, CT. and granddaughters: Nina Mancuso of Gainesville, FL and Charlotte Phillips of Brimfield, MA.
Jack was born on March 28, 1935 in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was raised in Thomaston, Connecticut and began high school there before his parents moved to Harper Woods, Michigan. Here he finished school at Harper Woods High School and graduated in 1953. Following high school, Jack joined the United States Marine Corps where he earned rank Sargeant E-4 before being honorably discharged in September of 1961. After he fulfilled his service to his country, he attended the University of Connecticut where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
While in the Marines, Jack was presented with the Medal of Good Conduct and received an Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge for his incredible sharpshooting skills. Though an extremely humble man, Jack was especially proud of his shooting abilities.
After utilizing the GI Bill to attend the University of Connecticut, Jack enjoyed a very successful career as a Vice President of Marketing for Kamatics Corporation, a division of Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield, CT for more than twenty years. Upon retirement, he pursued a second career and obtained his real estate broker’s license. He opened his own agency, Lodge on the Lake Realty, located in Holland, Massachusetts.
Jack was active in his community, serving as Vice Chairman for the Council on Aging since 2005. He was also a member of the Holland Rod & Gun Club as well as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans organization.
Jack loved to fish, enjoyed billiards, white water canoed and was an avid history buff. He was quiet, modest, respectful and always acted with the utmost integrity. He was a wonderful husband and loyal life partner. He was admired and respected by all he encountered. He will be missed dearly.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 7th from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy Street, Southbridge, MA 01550. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. in the funeral. Burial will follow in Holland Cemetery, Holland, MA.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in “Jack’s” name to: Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.
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