Dave Reed

Southwest Harbor and Jacksonville, Fla.

Dave Reed, 82, joined family in Heaven March 26, 2021. Dave was the only child of Edmund B. Reed Jr. and Dorothy Harn Brady, who raised him in Millinocket. He graduated from the Maine Central Institute in 1956 and enlisted into military service the same year.

Dave spent summers growing up by the sea with his grandparents, Eddie and Katie Reed, in Bass Harbor. His love for the ocean and the Island led to 15 years of lobstering out of Southwest Harbor followed by 15 years of service as a national park ranger in Acadia.

Dave was particularly proud of his sons and their families, his service to his country and his community as a selectman, school board and appeals board member. He and his wife of 62 years continued in volunteer service at state and national parks across the country for 19 wonderful years. Seven special years were spent at St. Augustine Lighthouse, where his great-grandfather William A. Harn was keeper in the late 1800s.

Dave was a veteran of both the Air Force and the Army with many duty assignments around the world. He was especially honored to have served in the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, and the White House Communications Agency, where he traveled with President Richard Nixon during his 1973 historic trip to China. He retired from service in 1977 as chief warrant officer after 22 years of dedicated service.

Dave is survived by spouse Janice (Leonard) Reed; sons Karl David Reed (Sharon), Shawn E. Reed (Mary) and Kevin B. Reed (Allison), as well as three amazing grandchildren — Hunter, Abigail and Olivia Reed. He was predeceased by his parents and two sons, Mark David and Mark Edmund Reed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to: POMC, Maine Chapter (Parents of Murdered Children), in care of Art Jette, 150 Bailey Road, Cambridge, ME 04923; St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St Augustine, FL 32080; Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or the charity of your choice. Thank you.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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