Robert "Knobby" W. Reed Sr.

October 11, 1936April 17, 2018

Robert “Knobby” W. Reed, Sr., of Brick, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81 years old.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the LaMonica Memorial Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston.

Born and raised in Jersey City to the late Agnes (nee Ure) and Elmer Reed, Robert lived in Belleville for 42 years before moving to Brick in 2001.

He was a Marine Corp veteran and discharged with the rank of Corporal.

He retired in 1991 as a Captain with the Belleville Fire Department after 32 years of service.

Robert was a member of the FMBA but he found great joy in travelling, boating, and fishing. He was a master craftsman who loved spending time with and teaching his grandchildren how to make things. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to Margaret (nee Ingram) Reed, loving father of Robert W. Reed, Jr. and his wife Marian and Cheryl Jeannette and her husband Bo, dear brother of Rachel Reed, James Skidmore, Gerald Skidmore, Audrey Winkler, and the late Elmer Reed, cherished grandfather of Erica Reed, Robert J. Jeannette, Austin Reed, Alec Reed, Justin Jeannette, and the late Joelle Erin Jeannette, and adored great grandfather of McKenzi Reed-Olert.

In lieu of flowers kindly sponsor Cheryl or her Team “Knowing Knobby” to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Research at You may enter to donate or join the Team for the Walk in Point Pleasant on September 22nd, 2018.


  • Memorial Gathering Friday, April 20, 2018

Robert "Knobby" W. Reed Sr.

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Sharon Dunn-Nugent

April 22, 2018

We would like to extend our condolences to the Reed Family.
Our families have crossed paths with the Reeds for many years. Our father, Patrick Dunn, Sr. and Knobby were brother firefighters on the Belleville Fire Department and Peggy and our mom, Jean spent many a time together with the Ladies Auxiliary. Additionally, Knobby and Peggy were wonderful landlords to our brother, Patrick and his family for years on Little Street.
Please accept our sincere sympathy and know that he touched many lives in his lifetime.

Patrick Dunn Sr.
The Nugent Family

Jim Salmon

April 20, 2018

With deepest sympathy to Peggy and family. Some of my best FD memories are having worked with Knobby. I still can picture him how he wore his FD hat and still hear his laugh. He was a great firefighter and officer and most important a great family man.

Scott Langlands

April 20, 2018

With Deepest Condolences . The Langlands Family.
It was an honor and a privilege to have had " Knobby " as one of my first officers on the Fire Dept. I'll always remember my time spent in Silver Lake with " Knobby ", Pat Dunn Sr. and Jimmy Salmon. I learned a lot from that crew. It is with great regret the I will not be able to attend .
With Fond memories,
Battalion Chief ( Retired ) Scott " Moose" Langlands