Malcolm Willard Reed, Jr. (Mac) of Edgartown passed away at home on April 9, 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was 86.
Born November 12, 1931 in New Haven, CT, he and his twin brother David were the youngest of seven born to Malcolm and Dorothy Reed of Lexington, MA and Pittsburgh, PA.
Mac was raised in Fox Chapel, PA where he attended Shady Side Academy and Washington and Jefferson College. After college, he joined the army, serving in Alaska during the time of the Korean war.
Mac’s parent’s brought their family to the Iron City Fishing Club on Georgian Bay, Canada for many summers. Many Reed family members still continue to gather there for the summers. In July of 1958, while visiting family friends who summered in Edgartown, he met his future wife, Deborah McCormick. They married shortly thereafter in April of 1959. He started his career working in the shipping industry in NYC then, in the mid 1970’s, he and other family members started a coal mining business in Pittsburgh and Somerset, PA. After retiring, he continued to be active in the coal industry as a consultant.
They raised their three children in Darien, CT and after living there for 35 years decided to retire to their summer home in Edgartown that has been in Deborah’s family for 75 years.
Mac loved sailing his Marshall Catboat and enjoyed fishing as well. His main passion was golf, which he played almost daily at the Edgartown Golf Club where he served as a Board Member and was on the Greens Committee for many years. The EGC was one of his favorite places and his golf games were played at a very fast moving pace !!
Mac was active in many Island groups including Friends of Sengekontacket, SailMV, The Catboat Association, Edgartown Finance Committee, Edgartown School Committee and he took on many active rolls at the Federated Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Deborah McCormick Reed. Their children Christopher Reed, Lucinda Reed Wittenberg and Melissa Reed who are now Island residents. His daughter-in-law Molly Burt Reed and son-in-law Charlie Wittenberg. Seven grandchildren: Olivia Reed, Colby Reed, Benjamin Wittenberg, Jackson Wittenberg, Charlotte Hammond, Malcolm Hammond and Tessa Hammond.
He is also survived by his twin brother David Reed and his wife Kathy of Bryn Mawr, PA his sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Furey of Lenox, MA, Mary Hirt of Fairfax, VA as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:00a.m. at the Federated Church in Edgartown. The burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Federated Church of Edgartown, Hope Hospice or the American Kidney Fund.