Robert N. Reed, 87, of Edgecomb, passed away peacefully on the evening of September 28th at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, ME. Bob was the son of Kenneth Parker and Veula H. Reed of Edgecomb.
He graduated from Lincoln Academy in Newcastle in 1950. After graduating, he joined the Air Force before entering the private sector to work for the Chrysler Motor Company. In 1967, Bob married the love of his life, Billie Ann Hammond of Mississippi. In 1973 they moved to Maine where Billie Ann worked as a teacher in the Boothbay Harbor School System, and Bob went to work for Bath Iron Works for 22 years. Always one to keep busy, after retirement from BIW, he drove cars for auctions and tended properties into his 80’s.
Outside of working, he enjoyed discussing local and world matters with friends at the Waltz’s Pharmacy counter, dancing, and an occasional cold Budweiser. One of the longest residents of the Merry Island Road, he was welcomed into, and became an important part of the community as it has grown.
He was predeceased by his wife, Billie Ann in 2001; and his sister, Barbara Reed Stanley in 2002.
He is survived by his daughter, Amy Gittens and husband Wesley of Barbados; his brother, Herbert E. Reed Sr. of FL; sister-in-law, Mary Francis Allen of Mississippi; grandchildren, Asha Gittens of Barbados and Sara Gittens of New York; nephews and nieces, Christopher Allen of Mississippi, Peter Stanley of Houlton, Herbert Reed II of FL, Victoria Bishop of TX, Catherine Pendergast of Westport Island, Elizabeth Paul of Warren, Roseanne Field of NV, and Nancy Loechel of MO.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Edgecomb Cemetery Fund, c/o the Edgecomb Town Office, Town Hall Road, PO Box 139, Edgecomb, ME.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.
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