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Don Reed has passed

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Judy Reed asked me to let everyone know that Don passed peacefully away at 8:45 tonight, with Judy and Caitlin holding his hands and his cute little dog Peanut lying by his bed.

I had the honor of meeting Don last week, and he was quite a guy. He was dying and he of course knew it, he was on powerful pain meds and was hooked up to some machinery 24/7, yet he apologized to me for not being good company (!) and he did his best to try and keep his eyes open and be part of any conversations. He was surrounded by love not only from his wife and daughter, but by a large group of close friends who visited the evening I was there and who were clearly deeply moved by his plight.

I know we’re all sad at Don’s passing, but I’m also relieved that he’s no longer suffering. Rest in peace, my friend.



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How my heart is breaking right now! I'm so deeply saddened but at the same time relieved that he is no longer in pain. I was so distressed hearing about how much pain he had to endure and what poor Judy was going through trying to get to the bottom of it.

I think it is wonderful that you rode out and got a chance to meet Don, Judy and Caitlin in person.

Thank you Bob and FEC!

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Damn. Knew it was coming of course, but damn damn damn. I am so heartbroken for Judy and Caitlin, but so relieved that Don is at peace now. Rest in Peace Don.

Much love and hugs to Judy and Caitlin.



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I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the range of emotions you are feeling. I pray for strength and comfort for you and your daughter.


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I'm so sad to read this. I feel joy that he was able to be at home and among loved ones. RIP Don. *love*

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I am so very sorry to hear that Don has passed. It is good to hear that he passed peacefully surrounded by the people who loved him. His suffering is now over.

May God provide Judy and Caitlin with support and peace during this very difficult time.

May Don Rest in peace

With my condolences,

Paul Adams

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So sad to hear of Don's passing. Though glad he's no longer suffering. My heart goes out to Judy and Caitlin. May you find comfort in memories of happier times.


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wrote on facebook---so hard to grasp this... Bob-thankyou for beng there for Judy. really... Don reminds me of my dad--maybe that is why this is hard to write===trying to be there for all the visitors when he didn't really feel up to it--- I wonder of thy all meet up in heaven? Judy & Caitlyn---know you are loved & supported way beyond your dreams....

Kim Heburn Priest

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Awful, heart wrenching news, but the passing of another warrior will not go unnoticed.

Judy - my heart breaks for you and Caitlin. This is all too close to home and too damn soon. You have been an amazing caregiver and so capable when fighting for your man. I'm proud of you!

Congratulations on getting Don home. He willed himself to make it there, and you made it possible.

I'm glad family and friends were close by. I'm glad you were holding his hand - Caitlin too. I had tight hold of Nick's hand as he left me. I won't ever forget that last touch.

Be strong - I know you are. Know we are here for you. Know that I'm only a phone call away - at any hour!

Hugs & Love. My mojo now goes to you, kiddo.

PROUD wife of Nick

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I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart is also saddened. He was truly blessed to have been given such a strong support system. You did EVERYTHING humanly possible to make his last days as comfortable as possible. You should be proud and relieved he passed without pain and surrounded by the people and things he loved most in the world.

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Another very sad day for all of us. Only fitting that we lost another hero on 911.
Bob you are a remarkable man and to be with Judy and her family at this time shows that.

And to you dear Judy I will be here for you whenever you need me.Your beautiful man is another angel now.

Rest in peace dear Don.

F..k this terrible cancer.


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I am so sorry for your loss. There aren't words for this. My heartfelt sympathy.

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Crying with and for the Reed family tonight.

Hugs and strength in the days ahead to all,


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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that every time I hear a Harley Don will be remembered.

My thoughts are with you and Caitlin.


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Judy - I think of that picture of the two of you with your leather jackets looking so happy. Words fail me. I am so very sorry prayers and hugs and love being sent your way. Take the next few days moment by moment.

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I am so sorry to hear about Don' passing. As the others have said he is now at peace, although I know that is not much consolation. Wishing you strength in the coming days and may the love Don left in your hearts sustain you.

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So sad to hear about another family member physically leaving us. My thoughts will always be of him and his Harley.
Praying for God to surround the family with his comfort and love,

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Don was flown on eagles wings to his Lord. He is at peace and pain free. He smiles down on you now and forever. He will always be there for you.

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So very sad and shocked that Don's wife Judy was banned from this site 3 days after her husband died of esophageal cancer.

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So sorry to hear of this loss.

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