LEOMINSTER--- John “Jack” Joseph Reed Jr, 68 years old of Leominster, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 surrounded by family and friends in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital.
Jack was born April 17, 1947 in West Chester PA. a son of his late parents John J. Reed Sr and Marguerite (Walton) Reed.
He leaves his wonderful wife of 37 years, Valorie (Piermarini) Reed, his son John “Jack” Reed III and Nicole Vulgaris of Leominster, his two daughters, Amanda C. Reed of Leominster and Ashley F. Reed of Texas, his brother James A. Reed and his wife Sharon of Pennsylvania and three grandchildren, Kali Reed, John “Jack” Reed IV, and Brady Reed.
He also leaves many extended family members which were an important part of his life.
Jack was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a proud member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He entered the service in 1965 and was honorably discharged a SSG in 1974. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Purple Heart.
Following his service in the US Army he worked as a Police Officer in Fayetteville North Carolina, a skydiving instructor, master parachute rigger, and multi-engine pilot in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and as a truck driver at various companies throughout Worcester County. After retiring he enjoyed genealogy, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
As a man, husband, father, and friend, he was always there with an open hand and a loving heart. Jack was a loving husband and a devoted father with a great sense of humor. He loved his Irish music, telling stories and making people laugh.
A funeral service will be held on Monday February 1, 2016 at 11am, in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St. Leominster. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery Leominster. A calling hour will precede the funeral from 10am-11am.
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