Leslie T. Reed

Leslie T. Reed, passed away peacefully at his home in Concord, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, with his loyal dog Duke by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Concord and the oldest of two sons to Theodore and Bernice Reed also of Concord. Leslie's grandparents immigrated to Concord in the late 1800's and settled on Fan Road. He was very proud of his family history. Like many families of those times, the Reed's maintained a small homestead family farm with fresh vegetables and pork, making and storing their own foods. Those skills remained with Leslie throughout his lifetime as he carried on many family traditions including gardening, canning and freezing. He was well known for the fragrant sweet pea flowers that he grew annually.

Leslie loved hunting and was an avid moose and deer hunter. Surrounded by several family members and close friends, heading off to go hunting was his favorite activity. He gave year-round consideration to the fall hunting season, preparing for time at camp and tracking moose rutting.

He is survived by two daughters, Sylvia Sieben of Milo, Maine and Sheila Kreik also of Concord; along with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Leon, wife Barbara Reed, two nephews and several cousins.

He is predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy Reed of Concord. They knew each other all the way back to the days of Concord High School, both graduating from the Class of 1950.

From October 1951-54 he was stationed on the USS Parle DE-708 patrolling the waters of the Atlantic and obtained an honorable discharge. His love of his military service in the U.S. Navy lasted throughout his lifetime and influenced his career decision making towards plumbing, heating and pipe fitting. Later in life, he joined the Tin Can Sailors of The National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

Leslie was a 56 year member of the United Association, Local 131 and a BTJ Pipefitter Retiree. His last employment was as Vice President of Eckhardt & Johnson, Mechanical Contractors of Manchester. The union was a very important part of his life. Other affiliations include Shriner's International, the Masons as well as a lifetime member of the NRA.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home, 42 Washington St., Penacook.

Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. back at the funeral home, followed by the procession to the 11 a.m. graveside services at the NH State Veteran's Cemetary in Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leslie's memory can be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children-Boston at 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114. Attn: Development Office.

Published in The Concord Monitor on Oct. 5, 2013