Rev. Nathaniel Treat Reece



Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Rev. Nathaniel Treat Reece, 72, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., passed away on Feb. 1, 2020. A private burial service will be scheduled next summer in Northeast Harbor at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Nat was born in Boston, Mass., to John Brooks Reece and Charlotte Worthen Reece on March 22, 1947. He went to Dexter School in Brookline, Mass., Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1969. Following graduation, Nat worked as an international banker at Morgan Guaranty Trust for eight years. Then, he became comptroller of Pathfinder Mines, a division of General Electric. Late in his career, Nat became an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church and was rector at Trinity Church, Bridgewater, Mass.

Rowing was one of Nat’s great interests; on the Penn Heavyweight crew, he won the national championships in 1966 and 1968. Other favorite hobbies included sailing his beloved Luders 16, skiing with friends and playing guitar in his band from high school days. Nat’s interest in international business and travel led him to become fluent in French and German. After graduating from the Virginia Theological Seminary, Nat spent three years in Tanzania, where he was ordained and assigned to the Maasai and Gogo tribes of the Southern Highlands. He treasured his new friendships and memories from those times. Nat was a member of Saint Anthony Hall, The Society of Colonial Wars and The Brook of New York.

Nat is survived by his siblings, John Brooks Reece Jr. of Chestnut Hill, Mass., Christopher Shearson Reece of Needham, Mass., and Northeast Harbor and Charlotte Cameron Disston of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Northeast Harbor and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Palm Garden and the McGraw Center for Caring of Jacksonville, Fla., and Nat’s caregivers for their exceptional care during the past months.

Memorials may be given to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: www.michaeljfox.org.

Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes, Somesville. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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