Politics

November 10, 2012

Former Maine Gov. Reed service set for Sunday

Reed, who died on Oct. 31, served as governor of Maine from 1959 to 1966, and also served under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

By MATT HONGOTZ-HETLING

SMITHFIELD — Local residents will remember former Gov. John Reed at a local service Sunday.

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Former Maine Gov. John Reed

Reed, who died of pneumonia Oct. 31 at the age of 91, spent his summers at his camp on North Pond and was a familiar face in the Smithfield community.

Reed was governor of Maine from 1959 to 1966, after which he served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under President Richard Nixon and as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives under presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

Smithfield Baptist Church Pastor Bert Brewster said area residents were proud of Reed, who began coming to North Pond as an infant with his family.

Reed was an active supporter of the North Pond Lake Association and regularly attended potluck suppers, church and grange events, and other neighborhood gatherings.

He was particularly known for his ability to set those around him at ease.

Brewster said that the service will include a rendition of the State of Maine song, one of Reed’s favorites, by the church choir. Other favorite hymns of Reed will also be sung.

A service was also held in Washington, D.C.; state and national flags in Maine were flown at half staff on Nov. 7 in his honor.  Reed will be buried at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Fairfield, where he was born.

The Smithfield service, which was organized by a group of Reed's area friends, will be at 2 p.m. in the Smithfield Baptist Church on Lakeview Drive.

The event is open to the public and are invited to share stories and photos of Reed. Organizers said refreshments will be served after the service.

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