Robert Arnold Reed passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 at 86 surrounded by family and friends. He was born August 19, 1933 in Friendship to Philip (Bud) and Mildred Simmons Reed. He lived in Friendship most of his life. “Bobby” as he was known to everybody, met his wife Louise while working at Forty Fathoms in Rockland. They were married 49 years before she passed in 2013, he is now reunited with the love of his life, his mother and 3 brothers.
Bobby lobstered for many years with his boat named “Loweba” which stood for Louise, Wendi and Barbie. After leaving lobstering he worked as a carpenter and helped build the “new” Friendship Post Office among other projects, he then worked at BIW until a neck injury made him retire. He became a stay at home dad for his family. He loved making Finnish bread with dropped eggs on toast for his girls before they headed to school. One of Dad’s fondest memories was getting his family to try French toast with peanut butter—-they loved it! This special recipe has been passed along to family and friends. He tells the story of how gross his kids thought it would be until we tried it and loved it!
He loved his huge garden and took tremendous pride in how it looked and the quality of the vegetables. He even won a Pea contest in 1980 for the best tasting peas out of 21 entries. He proudly told that story to everyone who would listen.
One of his and Louise’s greatest adventure was a trip across county to Alaska to visit Barbie, then down to San Diego to see Wendi, then across the lower US back to home. In earlier years he loved whittling small pot buoys, reading his Alaska magazines, and taking rides up country with his wife. His grandchildren have fond memories of Gramp’s wonderful Thanksgiving dinners with his mashed potato and tractor rides around the yard.
He is survived by his two daughters, Wendi Munson of RI, Barbie Reed of NY, 4 grandchildren, Laura Maher, Susan Kennedy, Michael and Robbie Lunt and 12 grandchildren, Emmelyn, Adadlie and Brielle Maher of CT, Ezri & Alara Kennedy of RI, Nathin, Chase, Grace, Justin and Bishop Lunt of ME, Lucy and “born any day now” Lunt of ME.
A special thanks to the Nystrom family for all of their help and time in caring for dad, an additional special thanks to Michael Lunt for being there and caring for dad at the drop of a hat while he was at Windward Gardens.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hahn Community Center on Feb 29th starting at 12 noon. Please join us in celebrating his life.
Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, visit www.hallfuneralhomes.com.