Jack Joseph Reed III
Jack was officially named John Joseph Reed III, but was always called Jack, like his grandfather. He was born October 3, 1940, to Joe and Charlotte (Hogan) Reed in Oswego, New York. Betty Jean, his sister, was 15 years old by then and you can imagine her excitement as a resident babysitter. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Jack was stationed in Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended college the hard way, married with four children: Jacqueline, Lisa, Joseph, and Patrick. His B.A. from the State University of New York included majors in English and History. Then he attended the Maxwell School for an M.P.A. with a concentration in management and organizational administration.
He worked as a claims representative and a claims supervisor for several insurance companies. In 1979, he moved to Florida to work as the risk manager for the FCCI. He soon met Marjorie on a blind date, and they were married two years later.
He then worked at Lowe’s and in retail hardware, where he met several co-workers who became lifelong friends.
After visiting Ireland, he learned that he loved traveling. During his many trips, he accumulated more lifelong friends, with whom he shared additional travel experiences. Two of his grandchildren, Alyssa and P.J., had adventures in St. Augustine and Savannah with him. Sports, especially ice hockey, reading, politics, and jazz were the other loves of his life. Barnes & Noble lost their best customer. When Jack golfed, friends and relatives returned with funny stories about the unusual golf shots he had made.
His daughter Lisa moved to the west coast of Florida, providing the opportunity for them to spend much time together. There was much laughter sipping Bloody Marys in the gazebo, or taking golf cart rides. After meeting weekly for breakfast, Lisa helped him with the shopping or running errands. His sons, Joe and Patrick, adjusted their schedules to transport him to multiple medical appointments.
Throughout his life, his wit and sense of humor captivated people. Neighbors knew him best from the many years on the Oak Ford Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors where he served as secretary and president, as well as hosting an annual St. Patrick’s Day party. They will miss stopping by “Jack’s Tavern” to have a drink with him. We all will.
Memorial Service with Military Honors will be Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 Adams Drive, Sarasota. Please join us to share stories and celebrate his life.