BAR HARBOR — Early on the morning on July 3, 2011, Wallace S. Reed died at a Bangor hospital following a long battle with the ravages of the effects of Agent Orange. Throughout his life he worked diligently to help others who also suffered the effects of Agent Orange, and their families.
Wallace was born on July 23, 1945 in Skowhegan, to Sherman and Mary Reed. He grew up in many towns throughout Maine, graduating from Bonny Eagle High School, the University of Maine, Cornell University and the University of Maine School of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, including combat in Vietnam and support systems during the first Gulf War. He practiced law in southern Maine and later taught for 21 years at Maine Maritime Academy, retiring as the director of the graduate program there. His career choices brought him much joy and fulfillment.
But his family was the true center of his life. He was a loyal and loving son to Sherman and Mary, and a devoted husband to Sandra, also of Bar Harbor. He was a proud and loving father to Ellen, of LaQuinta, Calif.; Melissa, of Salinas, Calif.; and Wallace and Timothy, who died as newborns, a deep and abiding sadness throughout his life.
He was pleased when his daughters gave him two fine sons-in-law, Duston and Jim. He deeply loved his grandchildren, Shannen Ellen, Cassady Reed and Ashlyn Reine, all of Salinas, Calif. He was the brother of Deanna Reed Peters of Port Charlotte, Fla. and he enjoyed his relationship with many special aunts, uncles, and cousins. His nieces, Katie and Angela, and his nephews, Neil and Cameron, were a particular source of happiness in his life. The friends, colleagues, and former students he leaves behind all added a wonderful depth and joy to his life.
Wallace was a tried and true Red Sox fan, celebrating for days after their 2004 World Series win and subsequent successes. He passed on this love to his wife and children, who now suffer through every season. He never succeeded in understanding Terry Francona’s strategies.
There will be no calling hours, but a memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will take place at another time in Turner, Maine, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved sons.
Wallace is survived by his mother, Mary Reed, of Bar Harbor; his wife; his daughters; his sister; nieces and nephews; his beloved Aunt Wilma; and several cousins. He will be deeply missed by his beagles, Winston and Leon.
He was predeceased by his dear grandparents, father, two sons, many aunts and uncles and several dear friends.
The family asks that no flowers be given in Wallace’s honor, but that any memorial donations be made to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., which provides a home away from home for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. These houses are located throughout the country. You may mail your donation to: Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville MD 20850-5168 or donate online at fisherhouse.org.
Wallace’s family would like to offer their profound thanks to all the healthcare professionals who, throughout his illness, provided him with the best of care, their compassion and friendship, and some great Red Sox stories. Words cannot express how much their care has meant to those who loved him.
Arrangements are by the Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 28 Elm St. Bucksport.