Richard Allen Reed

Obituary for Richard Allen Reed

August 10, 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Richard Allen Reed passed away peacefully on August 10, 2020 at the age of 73. Richard grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, where he remained a lifelong resident. The only son of the late Marie V. Reed (Mehler) and the late Albert C. Reed and brother to Lois-Ann Collins (Reed) (Timothy J. Collins), Marie E. Reed, and the late Marie Elaine Reed. Rich attended St. Dominic's grade school and went on to graduate from Father Judge High School in 1965 and Lincoln College Preparatory School in 1966. He humbly served his country as a member of the United States Armed Forces in Vietnam, becoming a decorated Veteran who was awarded, among other recognition, The Soldier's Medal for Heroism, and was recently presented with the Quilt of Valor by his family and the Quilts of Valor Foundation. As Private First Class, he served as a Communications Specialist, Radiophone Operator, and Driver for the 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery in Vietnam, who's motto was "Without Fear, Favor or Hope of Reward". Rich's entire life would reflect this motto. He was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant. In his civilian career, he continued to protect others, in the alarm industry, earning certifications and the first City of Philadelphia Fire Inspection License after beginning his career as an alarm installer, then a salesman for Robinson Alarm Company. He retired as a Fire Alarm Designer - Project Manager for ADT/Tyco. He married Kathleen Reed (Gillespie), with whom he became a devoted father to their son Richard Albert Reed (Lilleth M. Reed; daughter, Alexis N. Grant) and daughter Theresa Lynn Reed (Vincent O. Cardile, Jr.). Rich spent the remainder of his life with his companion Susan Leary. He is the love of her life. He is also survived by two aunts, many cousins and extended family. He will remain loved, admired and respected by nieces, nephews and Susan's children and a cherished Pop-Pop to their children. Rich enjoyed spending time with family and close friends. He was always engaging and had a diverse range of interests including photography, painting, fishing, nature, building a go cart, and flying hobby planes. He attended children's sports events, church services, movies, jazz clubs, comedy shows, classical music concerts. He was an active member and secretary of the Bucks County Cruisers car club and restored two classic cars (a 1950 Chevy and a 1955 Chevy Bel Air). He was bestowed a family gene – a gift for musical talent which he expressed by playing the guitar. Always having an interest in history, he frequented museums, war re-enactments, historical sites, and the Vietnam Memorial. Rich was a self-taught aficionado who mastered all subjects that interested him, especially home improvement projects. He consistently supported others, shared his knowledge and always offered his help, advice, guidance and assistance. Rich was selfless, humble, fearless and brave and never gave up on anything he set his heart to, even at 73, delving into ever-evolving technology and maintaining and enjoying his extensive, mostly 50's era, music collection. Though there were many, Rich's most favorite song was "If I Don't Have You" ("with 13 'yous' at the end"). Richard Allen Reed is held in his daughter's heart as her hero and as more than just a father, a mentor to his son. He is remembered in high esteem and very much respected by all whose lives have been touched by him.
Richard will be buried at Washington Crossing National Cemetery with full military honors. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or any veterans charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by his family. To donate please visit

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