Sullivan W. Reed

Aug 03, 2020
Sullivan Reed

Owls Head — Captain Sullivan W. ‘Sully’ Reed, 88, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully yet unexpectedly Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born in Rockland May 25, 1932, he was the son of Carl S. Reed Sr. and Nellie B. Reed. He was a Rockland High School graduate and later attended Maine Maritime Academy, graduating fifth in his class with a bachelor’s degree in diesel engineering in 1954.

Sully served his country proudly and with honor in the Navy for 31 years. He began on his first ship, the USS Vancouver, as an engineering officer. Through dedication and service he earned the rank of Commanding Officer/Captain of the USS Compton out of Boston.

His last assignment was the Military Sealift Command Atlantic, which took him to Greenland, an experience he was forever proud of. His career also took him to ports in Japan, Turkey and Spain.

A highlight of Sully’s career was when he and his father, Carl S. Reed, stood side by side on the bridge of the USS Compton, when he had the honor of bringing it to his hometown of Owls Head for the town’s 50th Anniversary.

Sully was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1985 and returned to Owls Head to be with his family and care for his mother, who had cancer. Sully continued to be of caring support and service to several aunts and uncles.

During retirement, Sully enjoyed over 20 years of annual trips to Hyder, Alaska, where he and his wife, Faith, ran ‘Camp Run-a-Muck’. While traveling each year, Sully and Faith enjoyed stops along the way, including casinos to try their luck, and to their favorite ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets where Sully crafted the skill of timing and attention to detail to ensure the freshest and hottest servings.

Sully was extremely proud of his 20 years of sobriety, which he achieved with the support of his family and the help of AA Meetings. Over his years of sobriety, he sponsored and helped support numerous individuals through the AA organization.

He had a quiet strength and no-nonsense attitude, which made him an invaluable support to anyone needing help. He will be sorrowfully missed by many in the AA community.

Sully was the cornerstone of his immediate family. He was without fail the captain of his own ship, the 'Sully Swoop and Save.' His dedication to the care and safety of his family was most ardent and steadfast; his love and dedication will be forever missed, as will all of who he was. His passing leaves an immense hole in the hearts and lives of those who loved him.

Predeceased by a brother Carl Reed Jr., Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Faith M. Reed; daughter Cindy Pillin and her husband, Richard; grandson Kevin Blackwell and his wife, Rachael, all of Owls Head; great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Blackwell, Kaleb Blackwell and Harper Hendrick; sister Ann Gustin of Owls Head; niece and nephews Mike Gustin of Owls Head, Kathy Fors and her husband, Steve, of Chelsea, Ted Reed of Rockland, David Reed of Georgetown, Washington D.C., as well as a large extended family.

Mr. Reed’s family has chosen to remember his life privately. Cards are welcome in lieu of visits, and may be sent to P.O. Box 68, Owls Head ME 04854.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to either Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, which Mr. Reed supported, or to honor his deep love for his dogs Sammy and Maggie, to the Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland ME 04841.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: FRANK ROSS | Aug 06, 2020 08:25

On behalf of the entire Owls Head Volunteer Fire Company, Inc our deepest condolences to the family of Sullivan "Sully" Reed. Your presents at community events and your humor will be missed.

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Aug 05, 2020 08:04

On behalf of War Memorial Post 30, American Legion, our condolences to Captain Reed's family. Thank you for your service and know that we have the watch now.

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