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Sullivan Reed

Captain Sullivan W. 'Sully' Reed

May 25, 1932 - July 28, 2020
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Obituary

OWLS HEAD – Captain Sullivan W. ‘Sully’ Reed, 88, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

Born in Rockland, May 25, 1932, he was the son of Carl S. Reed, Sr. and Nellie B. Reed. He was a Rockland High School graduate and later attended Maine Maritime Academy, graduating fifth in his class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Diesel Engineering in 1954.

Sully served his country proudly and with honor in the US Navy for 31 years. He began on his first ship, the USS Vancouver, as an Engineering Officer. Through dedication and service he earned the rank of Commanding Officer/Captain of the USS Compton out of Boston.

His last assignment was the Military Sealift Command Atlantic which took him to Greenland, an experience he was forever proud of. His career also took him to ports in Japan, Turkey and Spain.

A highlight of Sully’s career was when he and his father, Carl S. Reed, stood side by side on the bridge of the USS Compton, when he had the honor of bringing it to his hometown of Owls Head for the town’s 50th Anniversary.

Sully was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1985 and returned to Owls Head to be with his family and care for his mother, who had cancer. Sully continued to be of caring support and service to several aunts and uncles. During retirement, Sully enjoyed over 20 years of annual trips to Hyder, Alaska where he and his wife Faith ran ‘Camp Run-a-muck’. While traveling each year, Sully and Faith enjoyed stops along the way, including casinos to try their luck, and to their favorite ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffets where Sully crafted the skill of timing and attention to detail to ensure the freshest and hottest servings.

Sully was extremely proud of his 20 years of sobriety, which he achieved with the support of his family and the help of AA Meetings. Over his years of sobriety, he has sponsored and helped support numerous individuals through the AA organization. He had a quiet strength and no-nonsense attitude which made him an invaluable support to anyone needing help. He will be sorrowfully missed by many in the AA community.
Sully was the cornerstone of his immediate family. He was without fail the captain of his own ship, the ‘Sully Swoop and Save’. His dedication to the care and safety of his family was most ardent and steadfast; his love and dedication will be forever missed, as will all of who he was. His passing leaves an immense hole in the hearts and lives of those who loved him.

Predeceased by a brother Carl Reed, Jr., Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Faith M. Reed; his daughter Cindy Pillin and her husband Richard; his grandson Kevin Blackwell and his wife Rachael, all of Owls Head; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Blackwell, Kaleb Blackwell, and Harper Hendrick; his sister Ann Gustin of Owls Head; his niece and nephews, Mike Gustin of Owls Head, Kathy Fors and her husband Steve of Chelsea, Ted Reed of Rockland, David Reed of Georgetown, Washington DC; as well as a large extended family.

Mr. Reed’s family has chosen to remember his life privately. Cards are welcome in lieu of visits, and may be sent to P.O. Box 68, Owls Head, Maine 04854.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to either, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, which Mr. Reed supported, or to honor his deep love for his dogs, Sammy and Maggie, to the Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, Maine 04841.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
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Kevin Kelly

Posted at 04:38am
Can't think of another man, outside of my father, who I have listened to as intently as Sully. He was my mentor and my friend. My sincere thanks to a man who I shared about 600 breakfasts with over 15 plus years. You will be missed and not forgotten.
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Patrick Reynolds

Posted at 03:03pm
Captain Sully was a dear friend of mine. I was blessed to meet him one morning around 20 years ago in Camden. We became immediate friends. We ate at the Belfast Cafe on Saturday mornings many times, enjoying our differing opinions. Once Sully went out to check my two lobster traps in my small boat with a 9 horse motor. He laughed hard at the positioning of my traps which produced zero. I couldn't believe I was in my little boat with the big Captain. We were both amused as the engine worked hard to get through the swells back to the harbor.
Sully stayed in contact with me as I left the beautiful state for a job in the Midwest. I will always be grateful for my friend.
Esther and I send our warmest condolences to Faith and her family.
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Laura Stelmok

Posted at 08:07am
There are few one can truly say changed the course of one's life, but this is who Sully was, for me and so many. He stepped in front of so many of us, with love and direction. He was a true friend and I will miss him very much. I will remember the words he left with me, the force of purpose he called forth in me each and every day. He didn't miss much, those eagle eyes! My prayers go to his family and all those he held so dearly. Journey on my friend! Laura Stelmok
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Sue Morrison

Posted at 05:27pm
Dear Faith, Cindy and Kevin,
When I think of Sully, I think first of his dedication and abiding love for you Faith and for each of you, his family. After that, I think of his devotion to service, whether opening a meeting, lending an ear to listen to someone in need of his wise council, or driving someone where they needed to go. While Sully was always about helping, he also liked to have fun. He and Bob over the many years of their friendship, shared good times going to the Maine Sportsman Show in Augusta, or taking to the Maine woods to follow Bobs hunting dogs on a beautiful fall day. Most often of course, was their breakfasts every Thursday mornings at Rockport Diner, where they could grumble about what ever was on their mind. I once ask Bob what Sully used to tell him when he complained about something...me maybe? Bob said, “you know Sully, he just tells me, Robert get over it!” Bob loved him for that. What a blessing he was to Bob...and to me, as I watched their deep friendship and care for one another. These two remarkable men forged a bond of brotherhood which, I choose to believe, continues still on a new field...maybe still following those dogs they both had loved so well. Your loss is shared by me, by our whole family. We all send you our deepest sympathy. Sue Morrison Foshay

Sully was a fast friend to many of the men and women in his program, and he will be so very missed.
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Maud v

Posted at 04:22pm
This brought me to tears remembering how you were one of the honorable no nonsense men who walked this path with me along with our friend Bob who is surely waiting for you to join him. You will be honored and missed be all. A beautiful example of a gift freely given. I remember that day one Sunday night I met you with your grandson. So many blessing to your family. Rest in peace friend
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