James Reese
REESE - James "Jim" Edward, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2021, surrounded by his family. Jim was born in New York and lived in Tampa, FL for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Kathryn and his sisters Kathleen "Morney" (the late Ted Logan) and Anne (the late Harry Schnepf). Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years Mary "Peggy" Byrne; his daughter Patricia Reese and her son Aaron Lipkin; his daughter Margaret "Peg" Reese and her spouse Alison Salloum; and his son James Reese. He is also survived by his brothers Thomas (the late Joan) and David (Janet), his sister Geraldine (the late Robert Feindt), and many nieces and nephews. In addition to the Reese family, Jim loved his Byrne family in-laws. He is survived by his brother-in-law Neil (the late Phyllis), his sisters-in-law Brigid and Marian, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers-in-law James, Hugh (Judy), and Kevin (the late Barbara); mother-in-law Rose; and father-in law Joe. Jim graduated from Sayville High School and Valley Forge Military Academy. Jim enrolled in Fordham University on a football scholarship, but (with the help of Vince Lombardi) transferred to the University of Minnesota when Fordham dropped its football program. Jim played quarterback for the Golden Gophers, an experience he treasured his entire life, and he graduated with a degree in education in 1959. Jim worked for many years as a coach and teacher, had a long and successful career with IBM, and served in various government positions in New York and Florida, including Mayor of the Village of Patchogue, NY (1976-1980). Always active and engaged, in his retirement Jim published a weekly blog, "Coach's Corner: Reflections on Life and Football", which allowed him to share his knowledge, insights into sports (especially football), and stories about the many people he had come to know. Jim was always optimistic, upbeat, and saw the very best in people. He always had time to chat, never met a stranger, and was forever curious and seeking to learn. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Tampa General Hospital, which provided phenomenal and loving care to "Coach", or to a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Published by Newsday on Apr. 7, 2021.
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Our love, Jane and Craig Ricci
April 13, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Simone Taylor
April 8, 2021
My sincere condolences on Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Reese family.

Mike McCann
April 8, 2021
Sincere condolences for the loss of Jim. The Degnan, Mullen and Visnick families are praying for the Reese and Byrne families in this time of sorrow. Love to all.
Jack Degnan
April 7, 2021
Jim was a great guy Coach never met a person he couldn't interview I met Coach in January 2016 we became instant friends at the Oxford Exchange he always had a story for you ,that Minnesota hat them glasses and that smile I'm gonna miss my friend R.I.P. COACH
April 7, 2021
Jim was a great guy. I met him through his daughter, Peg, who is a friend of mine. Jim was the kind of person whom you felt you'd known all your life. As a former English teacher, I was always impressed by his writings. May he rest in peace. (Come to think of it, I can't see Jim "resting." I'll bet he's up to something in heaven!)
Sr. Clarita Bourque
April 6, 2021
Such a great person, that I will truly miss. I will forever be grateful for Jim’s words of wisdom and support. Rest in paradise Coach, and continue to tell all of your stories. Love you!
Suling Lucas
April 6, 2021