John Reed

Obituary
8 entries | 1 photo
The Guest Book is expired.

John (Jack) Gillette Reed COHOES - It is with sadness that we say good-by to our family patriarch and a member of America's Greatest Generation as Jack joins his dear wife Pauline and granddaughter Kerry in the arms of God. Jack passed with his family by his side at the Eddy Village Green, Cohoes. He was born November 19, 1921 the son of Kathleen (Barry) Reed and John Lawrence Reed. He was raised by a mother he adored and his grandparents John J and Helen (Ryan) Reed. He shared a life of laughter with the love of his life his wife of 62 years Pauline (Wolanin) Reed. Jack grew up in humble beginnings which formed his deep appreciation for life's basic needs and simple pleasures. As a young child he grew up at West Point where his father was a drill instructor. Yet Jack's family history in Cohoes spanned generations. He was known by all and was a longtime member of civic associations such as the KofC, Elks, Lion's Club. He was most likely the only Irishman to be elected President of the Polish American Association. Jack Reed loved the city of Cohoes and the people in it dearly, and along with his wife raised a family on his little patch of heaven along the Mohawk where Pauline and Jack raised their family. Jack was a Boilermaker and was proud to be a member of the Boilermaker's Union, he worked on building submarines in Groton as well as numerous other locations in NY and CT. As a young man beginning his career he worked on the railroad and spent many years in the sale of packaging materials. Jack and Pauline were parishioners of St. Bernard's church, where he could be found for decades organizing the collection baskets every Sunday. The void left by the departure of his and particularly those he loved: his daughter who was so dear to him Patti A. (Reed) Buchanan and son-in-law Thomas of Northville, Mich and his beloved son who cared for him in his last years Jack M. Reed and daughter-in-law Mary Grace (Brennan) Reed of Farmington, Conn.; grandchildren, Amy (Buchanan) Bermingham (Chris) of Novi, Mich, Eric M. Reed of Chicago, Keith A. Reed of Dallas and Craig B. Reed of Farmington; great-grandchildren Austin, Reed and Norah Bermingham; nieces and nephews, Karen (Wolanin) Green and husband Les, Sharon (Wolanin) Thompson and husband Harry and great-nieces and nephews, Les and Shawn Green, Jada, Harry and Carrie Thompson. He was preceded in death by his cherished oldest granddaughter Kerry L. Buchanan. Jack had an extended family that cared for him deeply and included: Grace Brennan, Cathy and John Maiuccoro, Jim, Theresa and Christopher Brennan, John Brennan, William Brennan, Thomas, Terry and Jennifer Brennan, Kate and Glen Dame and Anthony, Susan and Jonathon Brennan. Kate (Brennan) Dame and Jennifer Brennan held a special part of his heart as frequent visitors, bringing, companionship, conversation and homemade desserts that he loved. Jack also enjoyed a wide circle of friends and caregivers who allowed him and his wife to live independently for many years. He looked forward to every visit and our family thanks each of them with all of our hearts. Dorothy (Do Do) McCrea, Vickie DePietro, Randy Miller, Carla Harris, Susan-Home Instead and Kathy Stover; the caring staff of Marra's Pharmacy, Barbara McDonald, John McDonald and Diane Nolan; Members of original St. Bernard's Support group now The Eddy, Anthony LePage, John White, Jeff Guzy, Bob Clitner, Billy McCarthy, Chip Kundiff, Donna Fitzgerald, Warren Fitzgerald and Father McTavey who cared for both him and his family during the most difficult times. Kim Swire MSW of St. Peter's Choice's Program was his friend, confident and constant support. The remarkable care of the St. Peter's Health Care System, from their hospitals, rehab facilities and nursing homes was warmly appreciated. Jack was a man of many joys. One of his greatest, along with his faithful companion his dog Charlie, was telling family and friends stories from his days in the Navy. As a young man Jack enlisted to fight in the Second World War and later served in Korea. He left a decorated veteran and those years in service remained some of the proudest of his life. Today they are commemorated not only in medals and service records but in the memories of his family. The majority of Jack's career took place aboard the U.S.S. Jeffers, for which he was one of the founding crew and a Plank Holder. As a Radarman on this ship Jack took part in nearly every theater of the Second World War, from assisting in North Africa and the Atlantic to fighting during the final days of the Pacific war. Jack was assigned to the Jeffers after enemy fire sank his first ship, the U.S.S. Sims and left him waiting for rescue while holding up a fellow shipmate. Once assigned to the Jeffers, Jack helped support not only the invasions of Sicily and North Africa but the D-Day landings themselves, clearing beaches for Allied troops to safely land. Later, in the Pacific, Jack took part in the capture of Tokyo Harbor and was present for the formal surrender of Japan which marked the end of World War II. He helped to liberate prisoners of war at the Yokosuku camp, and while stationed in Tokyo once had breakfast with then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Jack was commended by from Winston Churchill for assisting Princess Margaret when they visited the Jeffers as it prepared for the D-Day invasion. Jack's decorations included: the European Occupation Service award, the World War II Victory award, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign award, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign award, the American Campaign award, the Navy Occupation Service Medial (European Clasp) and the World War II Naval Good Conduct award. Pop, you never saw yourself as a hero, but you're ours. Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd , 105 Vliet Blvd Cohoes Saturday morning at 8:30. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Michael's Church at 9:00 Interment with military honors will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 pm.

logo


logo


logo


Funeral Home
Fitzgerald Funeral Home Ltd
105 Vliet Blvd Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 237-7666
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Record on July 19, 2013
bullet WWII
- ADVERTISEMENT -