John W. Reid, Jr., 64 years, of age entered Life Eternal unexpectedly on Wednesday May 18, 2011 at the South Shore Hospital after being stricken at home. John was a Braintree resident for the past 21 years, formerly living in Weymouth and Quincy. He was a graduate of Weymouth High School class of 1965. John was a Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam era. He was stationed on the USS WASP where he participated in retrieving astronauts. John was a printer for the President Press Company of Quincy. He was the President of the Massachusetts JCs (Junior Chamber of Commerce) in 1980. He received an award and was listed in the Distinguished Young Men of American. He was a referee and a member of the Eastern Mass Interscholastic Football Officials (EMIFO). He was a Past Grand Knight of the Braintree Council Knights of Columbus # 1462 and was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a District Deputy for the Southeast District of the Fourth Degree Knights. He was a faithful communicant and usher at St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Braintree where he was also a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. John was a member of the American Legion Post # 86 of Braintree. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Hobomack Hoedowners of Abington and the Buckaroos of Weymouth. John is the beloved husband of Evelyn Sue M. (Puleo) Miller-Reid. He is the loving son of Helen E. Betty (Clark) Reid-Lutes of Weymouth, Edmund J. Lutes of Florida and the late John W. Reid Sr. who died in October 2010. He is survived by his five children: Betty Jean Reid of Arizona, Beth Saunders of Pembroke, Cindy Marie MacDonald of Braintree, David L. Miller of Braintree and Gregg L. Miller of Quincy. John is survived by his brothers Thomas Reid of South Carolina, Edmund K. Lutes of Illinois and two sisters Katherine Desellier of Pembroke and Cheryl A. Hogan of South Weymouth. John is also survived by 9 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours at the Mortimer N. Peck | Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington Street, Braintree on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 4 - 8 p.m. There will be a gathering at the Funeral Home on Monday May 23, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, South Braintree Square at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends Invited. Memorial donations in Johns memory may be sent to The Friendship House, PO Box 916, Norwell, MA 02061.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on May 20, 2011