Continuing the discussion from Friends of Reed Check in Here:
It’s with a very heavy heart and a lump in my throat that I must tell you that @SEAGATOR1 passed away Friday August 5. Reed was truly a treasure here at TuDiabetes. If you joined TuD from 2009 to 2015 you surely got a personal message on your page from Reed, welcoming you to the family. You also may have gotten a “Happy Birthday” from him. Reed did not participate in the forums as much as he did commenting on others personal pages or posting pictures, unfortunately, thse are things that did not come with us when we migrated over to Discourse, and Reed wasn’t able to participate in his typical way.
I remember quite well the first few days he was a member. He was in his 80s and had lost a great deal of weight with the T.O.P.S. program and wanted to share his enthusiasm and positive messages that you could do it too. However, it took me a couple of weeks to get him to stop posting IN ALL CAPS. He’d never heard the general rule that in online communications, this is seen as shouting. Well, he was a bit stubborn…
Everyone active on TuD knew Reed. He got up early every day and welcomed every single new member who had joined us since the previous day. He’d send me a pm if someone new was very troubled or asking for specific help. He quickly became senior member of what was called “The Care Team”, something the Admin Team is still trying to figure out a work around. Soon, we’d exchanged emails and snail mails and I’d get cards on all the major holidays from Reed, as I know others here did too.
In 2010, my father’s health took a turn and it became evident he was dying, and Reed was a SOLID ROCK for me. I’ll never forget it. Reed was a strong Christian and observant Catholic and he comforted me and helped me heal some old wounds. A true friend indeed.
Reed was a good man and he was full of love to give, and we loved him back. If you’d like to hear what @askmanny has to say about Reed, watch this video about at minute 38 during our annual awards show
(fresh tears*) when Reed won 2011 TuDiabetes Life Coach.
Services for Reed will be Saturday Aug 13 in Lexington MA
the obituary chronicles all his incredible life as a WWII Navy man, High School teacher and principal, community activist, and friend.
Please share any stories and pictures, I’d love to hear the ways Reed touched your life.