John I. Reed

John I. Reed, 97, of Mattapoisett died June 23, 2012 at home after a period of declining health.

He was the husband of Margaret M. (Wall) Reed.

Born in Howes Cave, NY, the son of the late John Oscar Reed and Eldora Reed, he lived in Brockton while summering in Mattapoisett before retiring to Mattapoisett 30 years ago.

Mr. Reed was formerly employed as a Master Electrician with I.B.E.W. and taught Electrical Theory at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School.

He enjoyed fine woodworking and built many grandfather clocks and furniture. He also enjoyed sailing and attended the Machacham Club.

Mr. Reed served as Captain of a mine planter for the U.S. Army during World War II in the Panama Canal.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Patricia Kelley and her husband Edward of Wappingers Falls, NY; 2 sons, Robert Reed and his wife Judith and Peter Reed and his wife Melinda, all of Mattapoisett; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday from 4-6 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association, P.O. Box 947, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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