Larry Lee Reeside

May 19, 1935March 6, 2019

"Ample make this bed…" Larry Reeside, a resident of Bloomfield Twp., died suddenly on March 7, 2019 at the age of 83. Larry was predeceased by his wife, Rita (Nalezyty), his parents Leo and Doris, and sisters Jeanne (Mary Karen Scherer) and Nancy (Ronald Stewart). Larry is survived by his children, Kevin, Julie (David Merritt), Erin (Michael Connelly), Shane (Sara) and Marnie (Andy Thomas); his grandchildren, Joel Reeside, Brian Reeside, Ethan Reeside, Nell Connelly, Aidan Connelly, Maya Reeside, Mallory Connelly, Miranda Connelly and Harrison Thomas. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, extended family and countless friends and former students whose lives he enriched and who enriched his life as well.

Larry spent his adult life as an educator at St. Anthony High School in Detroit, Cranbrook Kingswood High School, Grosse Pointe Academy and St. Mary’s Preparatory, where he served as headmaster from 1988 until his retirement in1999. In retirement, Larry traveled extensively throughout the world and served as a volunteer and board member of the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library.

A memorial service will be held March 23, 2019, at 11am, at the Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, 3535 Commerce Rd in West Bloomfield Township. Memorials may be made to: St. Mary’s Preparatory or Gleaners Community Food Bank.


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Charles Cosnowski

March 20, 2019

Mr. Reeside was my first experience with a true leader. A strong care for his people, whether they be students or teachers, mixed with the right amount of sternness. I adopted this leadership style throughout my career in the Air Force and it has served me well, allowing me to go further than I even thought I could. He was also a humble leader, always giving praise to others. This was highlighted to me when I invited him to my promotion to Colonel. His response was that I had sent him the invitation by accident. I explained to him the impact that he had on my life, which his response was that he claimed no responsibly for me, that I was perfect to begin with. So it is with sad heart, that I give a final salute to you Mr. Reeside. Godspeed and rest in peace knowing that you have made this world a better place.

Mike McMahon

March 20, 2019

Those lucky enough to attend Orchard Lake St. Mary’s during Mr. Reeside’s time as headmaster know the incredible impact he had on each of our lives. A patient and talented sculptor of young men, their minds and souls - he not only found the time to pull each of us aside and support us in figuring out who we really wanted to be as individuals - but then coached us all along our unique paths, leaving us far stronger, better equipped, self-aware and confident in who we were. A mentor for many, his passing is as if the North Star has suddenly vanished, but we are forever grateful for the profound influence and (in many of our cases) course correction that star gave us.

Joseph Gough

March 14, 2019

Larry Reeside took me into his family at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s while my father was in prison. I was headed down a similar path. My family obviously could not afford the tuition. I promised him that I would work to pay my way (which I did) and that he would be proud of me. Six years later, when I was cut from three different leagues, he hired me as a student teacher and resident advisor. He gave me tuition reimbursement to finish my degree. I worked for him as a teacher and coach until his retirement. I can honestly say that no one outside my family did more to help me than Larry Reeside. I was lucky enough to be there for his tears, as he had been there for mine. Like many of you, I wish I would have hugged him tighter the last time we met. I LOVE you Larry. And I will see you on the other side, my dear friend.

Heidi lynn (Waggoner) Hall

March 11, 2019

He was a great man and I have so many fond memories of him from the Grosse Pointe Academy!!!!!! And my sister holly does too !!!! RIP Mr Reeside and I am so sorry to the family, that they lost a great man !!! Heidi Hall from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Sally Bentley

March 11, 2019

So sorry for your loss of a wonderful man. He left behind a family who will miss him greatly and who loved him deeply. Sending love and prayers to Marnie & Family. Rest In Peace, Mr Reeside. ❤️🙏

Russ and Kathy Conner

March 8, 2019

A friend to many, a wit, and most extraordinary man. What a pleasure it was to know and work with you. May you now Rest In Peace with your beloved wife, Rita.

Lisa Glowacki

March 7, 2019

His smile, laugh and stories were unforgetable. He touched the lives of the staff and students at the schools he ran and the patients that he helped as a volunteer. We are all better for having known Larry.

Ric Wiersma

March 7, 2019

Larry was a wonderful person to work for and I would like to thank him for his commitment to the students and staff at St. Mary's. I also appreciate his making me a part of his staff in 1996.
God Bless You Larry.

Arlyce Seibery

March 7, 2019

Larry had a heart of gold. As a new faculty member, Larry and I would have breakfast every morning in the Kingswood dining room. He served as an important mentor- especially in my first year of teaching. Most recently, he took me out for breakfast- reliving those earlier morning conversations and special memories.
Larry you made a difference in the lives of so many. You will be sorely missed.
Fondly, Arlyce Seibert