Merritt E. Reed Jr.

April 25, 2012  

Merritt E. Reed Jr., 78, passed away unexpectedly at his home on River Street on Wednesday, April 25.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Trinity Episcopal Church with Rev. Ed Murphy, priest in charge, officiating. Military burial will be in Beaches Bridge Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Sundquist Funeral Home.

Born March 18, 1934, in Lowville, a son of the late Merritt E. Reed Sr. and Laura A. Reape Reed.

After graduating from Lowville Free Academy in 1952, Merritt enlisted in the Air Force where he attended a tech school for communication specialist. In 1956, he was discharged from the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

He married Shelby Brasie on June 16, 1956. The marriage ended in divorce.

For 34 years, Merritt was employed by Beaverite as a printer, and for many years he was a driver for the Office of the Aging.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and held life memberships with the Lowville American Legion #162, Lewis Co. Memorial Post #6912 and AM Vets Lowville #99.

His favorite pastime was watching the New York Yankees, the Giants and Syracuse sports.

Surviving are his two sons, James “Simon” E. and wife, Denise Reed, Canastota, and David T. and wife, Stasi Reed, Lowville; two daughters Cynthia Bates and her husband Thomas of Lowville and Helen Nortz and her husband Patrick, Croghan; siblings, Walter P. Reed, and companion, Steven, Orwell, N.Y., Virginia Howell and her husband, Varian, Lyons Falls, Betty Widrick, and her husband, Gil and Shirley Wood, and her husband, Hugh, all of Lowville; three granddaughters; five grandsons and six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A brother, Raymond J., and two nephews, all died before him.

Memorial contributions may be made in Merritt’s name to Trinity Episcopal Church, 5411 Trinity Ave., Lowville, NY 13367 or to the American Legion, Post #162, Dayan St., Lowville, NY 13367.

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Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.