• Jason S. Reed
    June 14,2014

    Jason S. Reed

    MONTPELIER — Jason S. Reed, 41, died on June 7, 2014, from a drowning accident in Middlesex, Vermont.

    He was born May 30, 2014, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the son of James M. Reed Sr. and Judy (Leroux) Reed. He attended school in Woodstock and South Royalton before graduating from Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, in 1992. He lived in the Upper Valley area for several years before moving to Montpelier three years ago.

    For many years he was a landscaper in Quechee and a cook at the Firestones, The Sugarhouse, Three Tomatoes and also the Wayside Restaurant in Berlin, Vermont. Most recently, he was employed by Second Springs in Williamstown, Vermont, as a recovery staff member for individuals struggling with addiction and mental anguish.

    Jason was a talented musician, singer and artist. He was a lover of stories and books, kayaking and canoeing. He loved life and loved his family.

    Jason Reed was a man who worked hard, played hard and lived the way he loved: passionate, loyal and true. Those who knew him, knew a steady heart and a steadfast friend; warm, hilarious and strong as a bull. Jason generously shared himself with everyone he came across, always allowing us to be ourselves, listening in a nonjudgmental way, chuckling with us at our follies and cheering at our successes. For a man like Jason, that was just his way.

    For Ashley, the love of his life, he was a kindred spirit. Partners in love, like partners in crime. They stood tall against the entire world unafraid together. I thank God for allowing them to find each other. As a son and brother he was the pride of his family and a guiding light. He was a rock for his sister and a champion for his mother. Above all, Jason was the very best of fathers to his two sons, Miles and Chase. As only a real man can, Jason never lost his child’s heart and shared it daily with his sons and Ashley. He was a set of shoulders to climb on, a battler of dragons, a pancake cooker, a wrestling and Nerf battling champion, a homework helper, and all the 10,000 things that mean the word “dad.” He was a best friend, healing heart, and confidante to Ashley that only a man can be. A man among men.

    He is survived by his girlfriend, Ashley Gildersleeve, his two sons, Chase Goodwin and Miles Reed, all of Montpelier; his mother and stepfather, Judy and Mike Howe, of Tunbridge, Vermont; a sister, Michelle LaPlante, of Randolph Center, Vermont; and two brothers, James Reed Jr., of Chelsea, Vermont, and Robert Howe, of Windsor, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, James M. Reed Sr.

    There will be no public calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. As Jason’s untimely departure puts tremendous strain on his surviving family, his beautiful boys and their mother, it would be greatly appreciated if in lieu of sending flowers, a donation is made on their behalf. The Paypal link below will enable you to make a quick and greatly appreciated show of support during this difficult time: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=HBUPFUWF2UH8C&lc=US&item_name=In+Loving+Memory+Of+Jason+Reed¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF%3Abtn_donateCC_LG.gif%3ANonHosted. A Facebook memorial page titled “In Loving Memory of Jason Reed” can also be accessed to read more about Jason and view the link.

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