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CURTIS “Curt” REID
Nov. 28, 1940 – Jan. 19, 2018
Curtis Reid was hardly ever sick all the years he worked as a milkman delivering dairy products to homes and businesses on the South Shore. He even delivered to his customers as soon as the blizzard of ’78 subsided. For all but two years after his retirement however, Curt had to deal with numerous health problems that resulted in his sudden death from a massive stroke on January 19, 2018.
The son of the late Dorothy (Grant) and Albert C. Reid, Curtis was born at home in Scituate, MA, on Nov. 28, 1940, Thanksgiving Day. Since the age of two however, he spent the rest of his life in Abington. Curt joined the U.S. Navy Reserves from the South Weymouth Naval Air Station while a student at Abington High School, then after graduation in 1959, served with the Navy on the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Tarawa and U.S.S. Wasp. Following his active duty, Curt returned to Abington to work “temporarily” for Griffins’ Dairy, Inc. He never changed jobs, however, because many of his customers had become almost like family members. When the owners of the Dairy retired, Curt took-over the delivery service and formed Reid’s Dairy Products, Inc. He continued to deliver dairy products to homes and businesses until he retired in 2008 after 20 years without a vacation.
Because he was always “on-call,” Curt had little time to enjoy many hobbies but did enjoy fishing of all kinds especially with his brother Al, classic cars and spending time with family and friends. Curt was able to travel a few times in the first two years after his retirement in 2008 but later found that he needed something else to occupy his time, so was very happy to work part-time as a “go-for” driver at Bill’s Garage in Marshfield. He also became a member of American Legion Post #112 and enjoyed chatting with the new friends he met there. Curt also enjoyed feeding the birds, teasing the squirrels and feeding a couple of chipmunks who would actually jump up on his lap and eat right from his hand.
Over the years, Curt along with his wife Nancy, was recognized by the Abington V.F. W. and Abington Lions Club for service to the community and in 2008, was honored to be chosen as a Grand Marshall of Abington’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Curt will be sadly missed by his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Nancy (Damon), whom he met in the 5th grade at North School. Curtis also leaves two sons who will miss their dad and buddy: Kenneth and his wife Elena of Assonet and James and his wife Jervelyn (Sandy) and son Marck of Plymouth. He was predeceased by his brother and close friend Albert of Pembroke and his sister Janet Pomerleau of Maine. There are also eleven nieces and nephews and their families who will miss their Uncle Curt.
Family and friends are invited to attend Curt Reid’s visiting hours, Friday, January 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Quealy & Son Funeral Home, 116 Adams Street, Abington, MA. A service celebrating Curt’s life at the United Church of Christ in Abington, 10 Bedford Street will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. followed by burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Curt’s name may be made to the Memorial Fund of the United Church of Christ in Abington, P.O. Box 2025, Abington, MA 02351; the Abington Summer Concerts Fund, 500 Gliniewicz Way, Abington, MA 02351, or to the American Legion Lewis V. Dorsey
Post #112, P.O. Box 2016, Abington, MA 02351.