Harold "Harry" G. Reed passed away suddenly on July 24, 2020 in Pompton Plains, NJ.
Born in the Bronx, Harry, as known by his family and friends, was raised in various locations up and down the east coast of the U.S. while his father served in the Coast Guard. After graduating from Bayonne High School, he attended the Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Harry went on to serve 20 years in the Coast Guard, including a combat tour in Vietnam as the Commanding Officer of the USCGC Point Welcome. While still serving, he furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Seattle University. Once retired from the Coast Guard, he was employed for 26 years as a civil engineer with several different townships in NJ, including his final 22 years of employment as the municipal engineer with the Borough of Ramsey as well as a member of their planning board.
While in the Coast Guard, Harry met the love his life, Barbara, whom he was married to for the last 51 years. They traveled to different parts of the world with the Coast Guard and raised four children along the way. Locations they lived together spanned the globe and included Hawaii, Japan, Washington, California, and New York. They settled in Pompton Plains, New Jersey after the Coast Guard and have lived there together ever since.
Harry had several passions during his life. He started playing golf while in high school. With a close friend, he would ride both the ferry and the bus from Bayonne to Staten Island to get to the golf course so they could play; he continued to play the sport throughout his life. Another passion he enjoyed was collecting antique clocks. At one point, his collection reached 35 clocks, including three grandfather clocks. He also enjoyed building wooden ship models and doing projects around the house. He was beloved by his grandchildren, who knew him as Pop-Pop; he spent countless hours playing with and guiding them, all while taking great joy in their lives and accomplishments.
Harry is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, David (Rebecca), Brian (Holly), and William (Cheryl), his daughter, Aimee (Trey); his nine grandchildren; Mikaela (Luke), Grant, Abby, Brooke, Nate, Sloane, Nolan, Jude, and Mariah; his great-granddaughter Lucy; and his brother Bill (Pauline), 2 nieces and 1 nephew. He was predeceased by his father William, and his mother Lillian.
Harry was laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.