Ray, aged 82 years, passed away at the Southeast Volusia Hospice Care Center, Edgewater, Florida on Thursday, October 32013 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born and grew up in Croydon, Surrey, England during World War 11 where he and his family endured the air raids over their city during the Battle of Britain. After the war, Ray commenced an apprenticeship in millwork. He developed his extensive skills in woodworking while participating in the post war restoration of numerous London stores and hotels. In 1953, Ray emigrated to New Zealand and was employed by a large storefitting company as a designer/draftsman. While in New Zealand, Ray met and married Lorna and, together they returned to England in 1958. Ray was Project Manager for the building of the Dunkin Donuts pilot stores in
London which resulted in his move, along with Lorna and their baby son, Carl, to
the United States in 1967. He commenced 17 years of employment with Paramount
Fountain & Restaurant Supply Company in Providence, Rhode Island and resided
in Cumberland, RI. He was responsible for planning and equipping Institutional
Kitchens and Retail Food Courts. In 1988 he joined Tom Moseley in forming the Moseley Corporation in Franklin, Ma. and remained there until his retirement in 1995 when he and Lorna moved to Edgewater, FL. He was well known locally for his beautifully handcrafted hardwood animated toys most of which he
donated each Christmas to needy children in Edgewater and Toys for Tots.
Ray was a quiet man with high moral standards, honest, loyal and always gave his
best both to his family and in business. He was highly respected by all who knew
him. He will be greatly missed but lived his life well and passed away with quiet
Ray is survived by Lorna, his loving wife of 56 years, devoted son Carl Reed and
Karen, beloved grandsons Jacob and Jonathan Reed, of Cumberland, RI. His
Family in England, sister Renee Stephens, Worthing, Sussex, brothers Don and
Sylvia Reed, Chelmsford, Essex, Brian and Shirley Reed, Norwich. Nieces and
nephews, Jackie Claason , Connecticut USA, Malcolm Stephens, Crawley, Sussex,
Bob Stephens, Gloucestershire, Christie Reed, Chelmsford, Essex, Jessica
Fergusson, Chelmsford, Essex and seven grand nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his greatest friend, Thomas C. Moseley, Jr. to whom he and
his family owe so much.
A Memorial Service followed by a “Celebration of Life" reception will be held in
Franklin, MA on October 19, 2013.
An informal Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at
3:00pm in the clubhouse at Edgewater Landing for his friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in memory of Raymond
Reed to Hospice of Volusia Flagler County. 3800 Woodbriar Trail Port Orange, FL
32129. Please mark your check "For Southeast Volusia Care Center, Thank you”.