Gail Harbold Reeves


Gail Harbold Reeves died peacefully in her sleep at home on Aug. 27, 2021.

Gail was born 85 years ago, into a military family in Annapolis, Md. Her father was Robert P. Harbold, Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was an All-American football player.  Her mother was Charlotte Rowe Harbold of Annapolis, Md., a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

Gail taught second grade for many years at Conners School in Bar Harbor. She felt it was a great privilege to teach in the town in which she lived and where she could watch the lives she touched as seven-year-olds grow up. Gail was fortunate in having a wonderful teaching partner, LaVerne Tobin Blomquist, and was also assisted by Carol Robbins.

Gail traveled to many places in the U.S. and abroad and enjoyed 20 years of winter living in St. Croix, USVI, but her favorite place was “up-ta-camp” at Lower Lead Mountain Pond.

Gail was married to her best friend for 64 years, John P. Reeves. She loved her family fiercely! Family, “the originals”: John, Cathy, Chip and Alice; “the outlaws”: Stephanie, Glen, Jill and Dave, and “the additionals”: Kevin Sipe, Vicki Young and Jane Weathersby. Gail is predeceased by her only sibling, Robert P. Harbold, III of Honolulu, Hawaii.

A celebration of Gail’s life will be held 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Church of Our Father, 91 ME-3, Hulls Cove. A reception will follow at the Hulls Cove School House.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gail Harbold Reeves Fund at the MDI YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, 04609.

Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at


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