Glenn E. Reed, 50, quietly passed away at home in Ellsworth on Dec. 24, 2020. Glenn was born in Blue Hill on Sept. 13, 1970, to Ida Reed and the late Robert Reed, both of Ellsworth. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Harry Haslam Jr. of Kennebunk and his best friend Marvin Tarbox Jr. of Hancock.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Kaloe Haslam, mother, Ida Grindle Reed, sons Codee Reed and Joshua Schlaefer, with wife, Kristen, and daughter Ashra, all of Ellsworth, sister Melody Reed of Trenton, mother-in-law Judy Haslam of Ellsworth and brother-in-law Martin, with wife, Becky, and son Cameron Haslam, all of Mitchell, S.D. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and lots of community members who were his friends.
Glenn was raised in Ellsworth, where at the age of 7, he started a paper route hand-delivering the Bangor Daily News to eight households in the North Ellsworth area. Each morning, six days per week, he would rise by 5 a.m. and make sure each household had the paper. In the winter months, he would shovel off doorsteps and walkways so that he could place the paper in each customer’s door or on the steps. By the age of 19 he had grown his paper route to over 200 households in the Ellsworth area. At that time, he handed his paper route over to his parents as he began his career in the masonry industry.
During his childhood, he was a member of local Little League baseball teams, where he won trophies, ribbons and a trip to watch the Boston Red Sox play. He was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H. He was interested in farm animals, especially horses. He enjoyed horseback riding, parading and horse showing, where he earned trophies and ribbons. He had an interest in gardening. He enjoyed “playing in the dirt” learning to grow both flowers and vegetables. He enjoyed learning to hunt from his father and fishing from his mother. Around the age of 11, he wanted to learn how motors worked, and this knowledge grew his need for speed. About the age of 13, his interest in horses started to fade as his interest in dogs grew stronger. He loved dogs, and they loved him.
From childhood into adulthood his family home was known as “Reed’s Little Farm,” where the door was always open and his family and friends were always welcomed. It became a place where all his friends felt comfortable to hang out. All these friends (too many to list, but you know who you are) called his mom Mother Reed and many of them still do to this day. Two of these friends became brothers, Dean Mitchell of Southwest Harbor and Rob Hall of Ellsworth.
In adulthood, he worked for L. E. Norwood and Sons in Town Hill for over two decades. He learned and perfected the skills of working with concrete, laying block, brick and stone. In the mid-2000s, he started his own masonry business. He owned and operated G. E. Reed and Sons Masonry for over a decade. He was a member of Lygonia Lodge, where he and his crew laid the brick on the new lodge building located on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth. He took pride in knowing that items he had built or rebuilt with his hands would long withstand after he was gone. His motto was all about working hard and playing harder.
He never lost his need for speed, so after joining Anah Shriners he became a full-time member of the Anah Go-Kart Unit. The people of this unit quickly became his family. He took pride in knowing that he helped the unit to become award-winning and helped raise money that supported the Shriners Hospitals. His philosophy was that there are families out there that need help, and he was always willing to help in any way he could.
There are plans in the making for a celebration of his life on Aug. 7, 2021.