BELFAST — Theodore F. “Ted” Reed, 86, passed away peacefully Jan. 25, 2022, after a heroic battle against acute myeloid leukemia.

Ted was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Jamestown, R.I., to Russell and Mary (Santos) Reed. He spent much of his youth living in the areas of Frankfort, Winterport and Dixmont. Ted was an Army veteran with a specialty in artillery. After serving his country, he moved to the Belfast area, married the love of his life and raised a family.

Ted was a longtime law enforcement officer and served for Belfast Police Department for over 20 years, many of those alongside his beloved K-9, Mitzi. He served as chief of police for Stockton Springs for four years, and worked part-time for the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office for over 12 years. He also worked as a security guard for various institutions, including Maine Yankee, Pen Bay Medical Center, Maine Maritime Academy and most recently for GS4 Security at Bank of America.

Ted was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was happiest when surrounded by his large family, whom he adored unconditionally. They were his biggest source of enjoyment and pride. Family gatherings were made memorable by his quick wit, jokes, countless stories and funny sayings. His legacy will live on in all his children and grandchildren. His life was well lived, and although the loss is immeasurable, so are the love and memories left behind.

In his spare time, Ted enjoyed hunting, fishing, landscaping, detailing his many cars and restoring antique rifles. He loved to jump in his car on the weekends to visit family and friends. He was a great storyteller with a larger-than-life personality. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Russell, Al and L.A. “Spike” Reed; a sister, Christine Rolfe; a granddaughter, Jana Vaughan; and grandson Dennis “Boo” Vaughan.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Patricia Reed; three sons, Dennis Vaughan of Waterville, Theodore R. Reed and his life partner, Karen Brown, of Belmont, and Merl Reed and his wife, Tamie, of Swanville; five daughters, Diane Jackson of Stockton Springs, Lisa Vaughan of Belmont, Sharon Reed-Hall and husband Buzzy of Belmont, Karen Stams and husband Travis of Stow, Mass., and Brenda Reed and partner Ethan Columbia of Belfast; 26 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Reed and wife Norma, and Charlie Reed and wife Marolyn, both of Carmel; three sisters, Letha Dodge and husband Ronnie of Dexter, Barbara Davis of Etna and Lydia Grass of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.

The family asks that in honor of Ted, and in lieu of flowers, friends please consider giving blood or a donation to the American Red Cross.

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