Dartmouth Funeral Home

230 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth, MA


John L. Reed, Sr.

November 20, 1931February 5, 2020

Lt. John L. Reed Sr., age 88, of Dartmouth, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of the late Norma G. (Viera) Reed.

Mr. Reed was born in Dartmouth, the son of the late Stanley and Blanche (Bussier) Reed. He was a Contractor, who owned and operated John L. Reed & Sons Construction and was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Town of Dartmouth, District 3, for many years.

He is survived by four daughters, Debra C. Saltzman of Fall River, MA, Nancy L. Reed of Lunenburg, VT, Judith Anne Harrington and her husband Brian of Wentworth, NH and Mary Ann Roy and her husband August Gil of Dartmouth, MA; three sons John L. Reed Jr and his wife Judith of Dartmouth, MA, Joel S. Reed and his wife Debra of Dartmouth, MA and Randall R. Reed of Fall River, MA; a brother Everett Reed of Alaska; two sisters Gertrude Sousa and Joyce Moran both of Dartmouth, MA; 30 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reed was the father of the late Norma Lannon, grandfather of the late Joel S. Reed Jr. and brother of the late Paul Reed.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Visitation on Thursday, February 13th, from 5 to 8pm and Friday, February 14th, 2020 from 9 to 10am in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. His Graveside Service will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in Dartmouth on Friday morning immediately following his visitation. www.waring-sullivan.com


  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 14, 2020


John L. Reed, Sr.

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Aaron Desrosiers

February 13, 2020

I always remember really enjoying it when Uncle John would stop by to visit when we would all be at my Gram's (his sister Joyce). I don't think I know of anyone that didn't like him. He just seemed like that type of a guy to me. Down to earth, yet hard working as cousin Trudy also said. Uncle John, youll be greatly missed. Love you!

T Reed

February 12, 2020

Rest in Peace

Debra Saltzman

February 12, 2020

I enjoyed sitting on his back porch in the summertime just talking about his life growing up. Only ONE person called me Debbie and that was Dad. He would say it like they did on the old Abbott & Castello show. On the telephone answering machine he would say, "Hey, Deb-baay, are you sleeping? You home...or what? Call me back." My Mom told me to take care of my father and I consider it an Honor that I was able to care for him.

Gertrude Southworth

February 11, 2020

My condolences to the family. I always remember Uncle John as hard working and always smiling. He will be missed.

Christina Pinheiro

February 10, 2020

You always cared for everyone else and always made us laugh. Rest easy with Grams. We’ll miss you!
Christina, Callie, Ava & JJ

JoAnn (Reed) McGuire

February 10, 2020

I will miss you l loved you so much I remember when you were there for my mom and I when my Dad passed away the love that you had for each other was so great and the time I spent with you all is so cherish in my heart and mind love you Uncle Johnny but now you are with Dad, Nana , and Grampy. I wish I could be there with you all. Love JoAnn

Thomas Oliveira

February 9, 2020

I will miss the conversations we had over a cup of coffee. Grampy was the best story teller. Even if I’d heard the story before, I would hear it again. I loved him and what he represented; my Grampy, tough as nails.