COOPERSTOWN - Edward L. Reynolds, 60, lifelong resident of Cooperstown, died surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, following a prolonged illness.
Ed was born May 2, 1957, in Cooperstown, the son of Lyle and Eleanor H. (Hubbard) Reynolds and was raised in Cooperstown and on the family's Beaver Meadow Road property where he developed a deep love of the outdoors.
He graduated from Cooperstown High School in the Class of 1976. He married Judy Mabie in 1978.
Following high school, Ed began working with his father in the family business, Lyle Reynolds and Sons. He also worked for more than 30 years at Seward Sand and Gravel and what is now Oneonta Block as a foreman. He was a skilled welder and was frequently called upon for his ability to weld and repair just about anything. His mechanical abilities were evident when, with the assistance of his brother and father, he built his house on the upper part of the family property, where he and Judy lived to this day.
In his spare time, Ed loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, work on his house and repair and restore his vehicles and motorcycles (especially his beloved Harley). He could literally fix just about anything. He also enjoyed working with his Kubota tractor around the property. A lover of nature, he enjoyed feeding and watching the many birds that lived on the property. It was said that he spent more feeding the birds than himself.
A man who was dedicated to and loved his family, Ed is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Michael (Marcie Foster), and his granddaughter, (the "apple of his eye") Adelaide of Milford. He is also survived by his brother, Steven R. Reynolds of Cooperstown; nephew, Brett (Heather) Utter, and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Last but not least, he is survived by his faithful canine companion, George.
He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy E. Peters, in 2013.
The family will be in attendance to receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. and will be officiated by the Rev. Terry Brant, pastor of First Christian Church of South Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, for those who so desire, that contributions in Ed's memory be made to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.
Published on February 6, 2018