2012-03-03 / Editorials & Letters

Rudy Reed remembered

Editor:

The Jim Reed family of Baltimore would like to publicly thank the hundreds of people who attended the Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Rudy Reed on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at Liberty Union in the 1936-1937 auditorium-gymnasium.

The service was memorable thanks to the participation of Reverend James Melter; official, Del Barr; soloist. Gary Burke; video technicians and daughters, Kortney Brewer, Kristin Reed and Kasey Reed; speakers: coaches, Scott Williamson and Alan Young; classmates and teammates, Doug Valesko and Gary Bair; Mars Petcare co-workers, Jim Abbott and Bob Will; and family members, cousin, Tom Buck and aunt, Pam Whittington.

We are also grateful for the hundreds of letters and on-line condolences and the contributions made in Rudy’s name to the Liberty Union Athletic Booster Club’s construction project P.I.L.L.A.R.

We would like to thank the Liberty Union-Thurston Schools for providing the very fitting venue for the remembrance of Rudy’s life, and a special thank you to LU-T employees Kenny Kosch and Linda Young.

Our thanks also to Frank E. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, Eric and Karyl Whittington at Personal Touch in Lancaster and to Baltimore florist Peggy Hutchison. after a LU basketball victory against Logan Elm in 1979 during the conclusion of the Lions’ record streak of 28 consecutive league wins - “LU Lions, Reed Invincible”

Rudy was not invincible.

Poignantly, the date of this basketball game was February 2, Rudy’s death date.

We often hear people express, “Life is too short.” In some cases, it is a figure of speech but in too many cases it is literally true. Rudy’s life is an example of one being cut far too short.

We loved him as a very special blessing in our lives. He brought us immeasurable joy and we will always keep the memories of a very special son.

We would like to believe Rudy’s life and death have a sincere meaning to all who knew him for a long time or only briefly, like his elementary classmate who remembered,” I haven’t seen Rudy since third grade at Liberty Union, but I will never forget him.”

Once asked about what legacy he hoped people would remember, Rudy simply replied, “I want them to remember I was a ‘good guy.’”Thank all of you for your words of comfort.

Jim Reed & Family
Baltimore

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