TAYLOR, Reed Kingston 89, of Lexington, MA and St. Augustine, FL passed away on August 5, 2016 in St. Augustine. Reed was the son of Oliver Vernon Taylor and Jennie Mae Peele, both deceased. He had one sister Janice Taylor of Marlborough, MA also deceased. Reed was predeceased by his longtime friend of 65 years Russell J. Armstrong. Many special friends and family survive him, including his caregiver Thomas Reed Caswell. Reed's beloved dog Max will miss him greatly. |
Reed was born in Eastport, ME and graduated from Portland High School in 1944 and immediately served in the US Coast Guard during World War II. Reed graduated from Emerson College and University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He also did graduate work at Harvard.
Reed was an educator. He taught at North Andover High School, Wayland High School, and he finished his career at Arlington High School. Reed was very active in the town of Lexington. He was a member of the Lexington Board of the Registrar of Voters for over 20 years, serving as Chairman for seven. He was an elected member of the Lexington Republican Town Committee, serving in every office. Reed also did a great deal of volunteer work, most notably doing Share-A-Ride under Elaine Dratch. He also served as a volunteer in the office of Dr. Konrad Mark in Arlington. Reed was an active member in T.O.P.S. serving as an officer in chapters in Massachusetts and Florida. He loved history, reading, collecting antiques, and listening to gospel music. Recently he joined Facebook and greatly enjoyed reconnecting with long lost friends, family, and especially former students. He was a very humorous and compassionate person and a good friend to all those who knew him.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday Aug. 13 at St. Brigid Church, 2001 Mass Ave., Lexington at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., LEXINGTON, prior to the Mass from 9:30am to 10:30am. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery, Lexington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Reed's honor to the Lexington Historical Society or to your local ASPCA or Humane Society.
Douglass Funeral Home
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 9, 2016