Francis W. Reed


Johnstown – Francis “Fran” W. Reed, formally of Johnstown, NY, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022 in Rutland, VT surrounded by his children.
Fran was born in East Rodman, NY on April 20, 1928, son of Loved and Laura Reed. Fran married the love of his life, Florence Nohle on June 21, 1952. They loved life and their family together for 69 years and enjoyed many adventures!
Fran is a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He retired as President and Division Manager of Continental Telephone Company of New York and was inducted into the New York State Telephone Association Hall of Fame on March 15, 1987, having contributed much to the industry, employees, and communities he served.
Fran combined his passions for family, service, building and sport. With his family, Fran built three homes and built an experimental airplane in his basement that flies to this day. He loved teaching and flying remote control airplanes and was an active member of the Lazy 8 RC Club of Johnstown. Fran, Florence, and family spent many happy days skiing at Royal Mt Ski Area. They enjoyed camping and hiking and traveled across the country many times. The family were members of the Mayfield Yacht Club and loved to water ski, swim, and boat on the Sacandaga.
Fran contributed much to his community and made every effort to give back. He was Mayor of Johnstown from 1989 to 1993, took care of lifts at Royal, served as treasurer for various organizations, served meals on wheels, and much more.
Fran is survived by a son, Brian Reed of Rutland Vermont; two daughters, Amy Reed Membrino of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Linda Reed Bianchini of Glens Falls, NY; a sister Nellie Beenfield of Utah, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Fran was predeceased by his wife, Florence Reed, in April of 2021; two brothers, Cecil and Loved “Hap” Reed, and a sister, June Wing.
Memorial Contributions in Fran’s honor can be made to the First Presbyterian Church at 37 S. Market St. Johnstown, NY.
Burial will be held at a later date in Saratoga National Cemetery.

By LH Staff

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