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Robert Paul Reedy

1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert Paul Reedy Obituary
Robert Paul Reedy
January 2, 1928 - July 22, 2014
A Resident of Santa Cruz
Bob died unexpectedly at the age of 86 from a hemorrhagic stroke at Dominican Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was the son of Thomas and Alice Reedy of Santa Cruz. He was a 3rd degree Master Mason of Lodge #122. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Sheila, a native of England, his sister, Margaret Todd, his 3 children and their spouses, Charles and Estelle McKinnon, Jim and Heather O'Brian, Jeff and Dorinda Reedy, 5 grandchildren, Delaney, April, Andrew, Adam and Emily, and 3 great grandchildren.
Bob served in the U.S.Army Air Corps, and was recalled during the Korean War into the USAF. After completing his AA degree from San Francisco City College, he apprenticed for 6 years as a machinist/tool and die maker. He was awarded for Apprentice of the Year in all metal trades in California. During his distinguished career of 30 years at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, he designed and built scientific instruments. He was an international inventor and publisher of scientific articles which are now housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Upon his retirement, he received an award of excellence.
Bob was a passionate hobbyist in the areas of astronomy, gardening, jewelry making and cycling. After retiring in 1990 he spent the next 24 years building 1/8 scale Live Steam Locomotives. He drew his own blueprints from full sized engines. He was been the feature writer for Life Steam Magazine and been honored on the cover twice. He always attributed his talents and abilities to God. Serving his church and community by volunteering at the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, Jordan House and Santa Cruz Bible Church (SCBC) were his favorite past times. The celebration of his life will be held on August 3 at 1 PM at the Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St, Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating any amount to SCBC or to the Homeless Persons Health Project. If you would like to send your condolences to Bob's family, share memories, view or post photos or light a candle, please visit


Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 27, 2014
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