Percy T. Reed

BAR HARBOR and SEAL COVE — Percy T. Reed peacefully passed away Sept. 12, 2010, with his family by his side. He was born July 11, 1917, in Seal Cove, the son of Edwin and Jessie Tibbetts Reed.


Percy worked many years as a gardener and caretaker in Northeast Harbor. This was an occupation and hobby that he loved throughout his entire life. He worked many years for the Edward Brown Family. He also worked a number of years for Thomas Gates, who was secretary of defense under the Eisenhower administration. In the last years of his gardening career, Percy proudly worked for Redmond and Jean Finney, who was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Redmond C.S. Finney published a book named “Summers with Percy” in the year 2002. Percy enjoyed reading and writing. He created many poems and writings, many of which were incorporated in the book. He was a very intelligent man and was always learning something new.

Percy was married to his adoring wife, Frances, nearly 70 years. Frances peacefully passed away Dec. 25, 2009. However, he is survived by his only child, Brenda and husband, Charles Bartlett of Bar Harbor. He was very fond of Charlie. Percy had three grandsons whom he was very proud of, Duane Bartlett and wife, Robin, of Trenton, Chris Bartlett and wife, Tracy, of Newport, N.H., and Matt Bartlett and wife, Lori, of Bar Harbor. He was also proud of his 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. He had many nieces and nephews, and a very special nephew, Frank Reed. Many special friends included Redmond and Jean Finney, Ned Finney, the whole Finney Family, and Juanita Stanley.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Brookside Cemetery, Mount Desert. Contributions in Percy’s memory can be sent to the Southwest Harbor Animal Welfare, Inc., P.O. Box 434, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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