William Edward Reeder
Wise and loving patriarch
William Edward Reeder, 93, formerly of East Street, died peacefully at home in Bow, New Hampshire, on April 10. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Ruth Crossan Reeder, in 2018. Until the very end, Bill was the wise and loving patriarch of the Reeder family, quiet and humble, but firm in his convictions and moral compass. He is survived by his three children and their spouses: David Reeder and his wife Donna of New Boston, New Hampshire; Susan Reeder Moss and her husband Don Moss of Bradford, New Hampshire; Stephen Reeder and his wife Laurie of Wilmot, New Hampshire. He has seven grandchildren: Beth, Christine, Tim, Will, Sam, Allie and Grant, and nieces and nephews: Sandy, Mark, Peter, Dale and Laura.
Bill was born and raised in Medford, where he also met and married Ruth. During World War II, he was selected to graduate early from high school to enroll in the US Navy V-12 Program at Tufts University Engineering School. He graduated in October 1945, served in active duty in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Renville in 1945-1946, and then as a Commissioned Lieutenant J.G. in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1948-1958. Bill and Ruth bought their first home in Lexington and later moved to Carlisle to raise their family. Bill was a manufacturing engineer and over the years worked for Westinghouse, Raytheon and EG&G. He also attended night school at Northeastern to earn his Masters Degree in Engineering Management in 1965.
He was the kind of dad who could make or fix anything. He kept the family cars running, built and refinished furniture, grew vegetables, took his family camping every summer with a homemade car-top cargo box (maybe the first!), and made special toys and mementos for his grandchildren. When he retired from EG&G, he enjoyed working for a local hardware store where he delighted in helping customers solve their home maintenance problems. Not one to let technology pass him by, he taught himself how to draw architectural plans on the computer and started a small business designing home additions and renovations. While living in Carlisle, Bill served on the First Religious Society Buildings and Grounds Committee and used his design expertise on many projects for the church.
Ruth and Bill moved to Bow in 2006, and were happy that each of their children also migrated to New Hampshire over time. Bill cared for Ruth as her health declined, and he developed quite a talent for cooking and baking, much to the benefit of the whole family. He planned and cooked delicious meals and never attended a family function without bringing his famous cinnamon rolls or pound cake. His cookie jar was always filled with homemade cookies in honor of Ruth’s many years of doing the same. Despite his own health issues, Bill was always ready to help his children and grandchildren with their own project needs. He was actively building cutting boards and a bathroom vanity in his basement workshop until very recently.
A service of remembrance will be held on May 11, at 11 a.m. at the Bradford Center Meetinghouse at 34 Rowe Mountain Road in Bradford, New Hampshire. All are welcome. The family wishes to thank The Concord, New Hampshire VNA for their compassionate care for both Ruth and Bill over the last two years, and Visiting Angels for their care of Dad in the past month. In lieu of flowers, Bill, never a big fan of floral arrangements, would be honored to have contributions made to The Concord New Hampshire VNA. For further information go to: www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/concord-nh/william-reeder-8250188 ∆
Christopher Charles Gounaris
Left legacy of community, commitment and family
Christopher Charles Gounaris, 65, of Rockland Road, died unexpectedly on April 18. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Jean Gounaris of Lincoln.
Born on August 16, 1953, in Cambridge, Chris graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury High School in 1971. After graduating, he began his life career in the family industrial ventilation business.
Leaving a legacy spanning decades of community, commitment and family, the outpouring of love and remembrance following Chris’ death has served as a remarkable testament to the incredible qualities he embodied throughout his life —all of which continue to live on through the impact he had on those around him.
As a father, Chris dedicated himself to the endeavors of his two sons, coaching their baseball teams and championing their athletic success throughout childhood and teenage years. Even in his professional life, his philanthropy supported the youth athletic program for Concord-Carlisle.
Chris, being a member of the Nashoba Sportsmen Club, had a passion for waterfowl hunting which he often enjoyed with his younger brother and close friends. Whether at work or on the range, he centered much of his life around family.
With quick wit and impeccable taste in carefully selected bourbon, he was the heart of every gathering; breathing life into every conversation, never missing a beat and always channeling positivity no matter the occasion. With a lively demeanor and hearty laugh, Chris turned every moment into memories.
Chris is survived by Jane, his wife of 45 years; his son Dana and wife Jill of Medford, New Jersey; his son Christopher of Acton; his grandchildren, Jack, Brooke, Ryan, Hailey and Dane. He also leaves his brother Tom and wife Lynne, nephews Alex and Andrew Gounaris of Westford; his sister Donna and husband Ron Bonvie of Falmouth; sister-in-law Pamela Wilson of Boscawen, New Hampshire; brothers-in-law Dana Wilson of Bolton; and Shad Wilson of Hopkinton, New Hampshire; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather for his funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church, 142 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, on Thursday, May 2, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at Pierce House, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chris’ memory may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, Cardiac ICU (caring.massgeneral.org), or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance or to send a condolence in his online guestbook, visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com. ∆
Our sympathy to . . .
Senator Susan Fargo (Ret.) on the loss of her husband, Foster M. Fargo, Jr., of Lincoln. Fargo died suddenly and unexpectedly due to a cardiovascular event on Sunday, April 14. He was 76.
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