Robert A. Reed

Feb 05, 2020
Robert Reed

Friendship — Robert Arnold Reed passed away peacefully Feb. 2, 2020, at 86, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Friendship to Philip (Bud) and Mildred Simmons Reed. He lived in Friendship most of his life.

“Bobby”, as he was known to everybody, met his wife, Louise, while working at Forty Fathoms in Rockland. They were married 49 years before she passed in 2013, he is now reunited with the love of his life, his mother and three brothers.

Bobby lobstered for many years with his boat named Loweba which stood for Louise, Wendi and Barbie.

After leaving lobstering, he worked as a carpenter and helped build the “new” Friendship Post Office among other projects, he then worked at BIW until a neck injury made him retire. He became a stay at home dad for his family.

He loved making Finnish bread with dropped eggs on toast for his girls before they headed to school. One of Dad’s fondest memories was getting his family to try French toast with peanut butter—-they loved it! This special recipe has been passed along to family and friends. He tells the story of how gross his kids thought it would be until we tried it and loved it.

He loved his huge garden and took tremendous pride in how it looked and the quality of the vegetables. He even won a pea contest in 1980 for the best tasting peas out of 21 entries. He proudly told that story to everyone who would listen.

One of his and Louise’s greatest adventures was a trip across the county to Alaska to visit Barbie, then down to San Diego to see Wendi, then across the lower U.S. back to home.

In earlier years he loved whittling small pot buoys, reading his Alaska magazines, and taking rides up country with his wife.

His grandchildren have fond memories of Gramp’s wonderful Thanksgiving dinners with his mashed potatoes and tractor rides around the yard.

He is survived by his two daughters, Wendi Munson of R.I., Barbie Reed of N.Y., four grandchildren, Laura Maher, Susan Kennedy, Michael and Robbie Lunt and 12 grandchildren, Emmelyn, Adadlie and Brielle Maher of Conn., Ezri and Alara Kennedy of R.I., Nathin, Chase, Grace, Justin and Bishop Lunt of Maine, Lucy and “born any day now” Lunt of Maine.

Special thanks to the Nystrom family for all their help and time in caring for Dad, and additional special thanks to Michael Lunt for being there and caring for Dad at the drop of a hat while he was at Windward Gardens.

A celebration of life will be held at the Hahn Community Center Feb. 29 starting at noon. Join us in celebrating his life.

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