William (Bill) R. Reed, 76, Valley View Drive, Mountain Top, died Oct. 26, 2015, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Bill was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Trenton, N. J. He graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, N. J., in 1956. He graduated in 1960 from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and earned a PhD in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.
Bill worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Retardation, from December 1969 until his retirement in August 2000. From March 1973 until his retirement, he was director of psychology at White Haven Center.
He was a member of the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston from 1985 until his death. He sang in the choir, was a member of the Bell Choir, served on parish council and chaired various task forces. He was treasurer and president of the Adult Fellowship for many years. Bill also taught a spiritual growth book group and was commissioned as a Stephen minister. To his delight, he became known in the church as “Mr. Coffee” for having provided the Fellowship Hour coffee for 13 years.
He was a member of the Wyoming Valley Art League, serving on their board of directors as treasurer. He had also been treasurer of various other organizations, including Showcase Theatre, and TOPS of Mountain Top.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Gertrude Sheppard Reed of Hopewell, N. J., and brother, Ted Reed.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Helene Flower Reed, with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage on Nov. 29; his daughter, Pamela and her husband, Frank Carnovale, North Andover, Mass.; granddaughter, Francesca Carnovale, North Andover, Mass.; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Judy Flower, Milton, Ga.; and his pet, “Pax, the Cat.”
Bill enjoyed raising orchids, tracking migratory birds for Cornell University, travel, fine dining and playing host to family and friends. Bill was a man of peace. He was quiet, gentle and generous with a deep reverence for all of God’s creatures. He appreciated nature with the eyes of the artist he was. He will be deeply missed.
The funeral was held in Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston, with the Rev. Dr. Carol Ann Fleming and Rev. Dr. James Harring officiating. The interment will be held in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Arrangements were by Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, Forty Fort.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ Uniting Emergency Assistance Fund, 190 Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704, or Misericordia University, MEMO: William R. Reed and Helene Flower Reed Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612.
For more information, or to send the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website, hughbhughes.com.