THERESA, NY — Timothy Daniel Reed died on March 15, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his adoring wife, family, and under the care of Hospice. He was 62 years young.
Tim was born on July 26, 1958, in Alexandria Bay, NY.
He was predeceased by his parents, Chuck and Kathleen Reed, and his nephew Zachary Reed.
Tim is survived by his loving wife, Ellen Moran. His children; Arliss Reed, Rachel Reed, Ryan (Courtney) Moran, Eric (Stephanie Lista) Moran, and Amanda (Jason) Dixson. His grandchildren: Micaela Swinton, Brantley McEathron, Kira and Mia Dixson. His siblings; Allen (Kathi) Reed, Charlene (Jim) Maloney, Todd (Jean) Reed, Wendy (Dan) Clinch, and Judd (Debbie) Reed. Many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as great cousins, nieces and nephews. Finally by countless friends across America.
Anyone who knew Tim, knows that he would literally give you the shirt off his back. Tim had a way about him that drew people to him, this is what made him a superior Santa Claus. Literally. He attended Santa College in Colorado in 2011, and spent time being a professional Santa on Fort Drum and at the Salmon Run Mall. Children would randomly come up to him, knowing in their hearts that he was the real Santa, and start rattling off their wish lists.
Tim has found himself in many lifesaving or life changing instances over the years. He helped rescue a woman from a burning building in Theresa as a volunteer firefighter and he has saved multiple people while traveling, always finding a way to be in the right place at the right time. He has inadvertently mentored many lost souls in his life, somehow finding the right words to help them find their way.
When Tim became a grandfather for the first time, he was dubbed ‘Beempa’ by his sweet La. They have a special relationship since he was a predominant father figure for her. She will miss the turkey scouting in the truck, sharing an apple fritter with Beempa and their early morning hunts the most.
In his younger years, Tim was somewhat of a wild man. During those crazy days, he found himself working at Mercy Hospital in 1977. During this time, he developed a crush which evolved into a deep love for a woman. Their lives led them in different directions, however, fate intervened, and they found each other again.
Tim and Ellen were married Aug. 23, 2003, on a beautiful sunny day at their old home in Adams Center in front of their children, family, and closest friends.
During retirement, Tim fixed up ‘camp’ from a hunting camp to a hunting camp with the most beautiful second story for his wife (where no mounted animal may be displayed), and he was truly proud to transform a simple dwelling into a palace. Camp was his favorite place to be, in his spot, looking out at the river.
While spending winters in North Myrtle Beach, Tim and Ellen made new friends, who became family. They spent many days on the beach and many nights laughing and singing karaoke with their new family.
It is an understatement to say that Tim enjoyed the outdoors. He literally lived to hunt. It was his absolute passion in life. This passion bled into the blood of his children. His son, Arliss, is a successful hunting guide who also lives to hunt. His daughters are also avid hunters, and he was so proud when his oldest daughter, Rachel, got her first deer this year. He taught us to respect being able to live off what God has provided for us. Tim had an intimate relationship with nature and with God. His faith led him to be a truly good person. He loved everyone. His family was everything to him, from his immediate family, cousins, and those who he considered family. It is quite an extensive list. His heart was very big.
A small beach ceremony will be held at 7 a.m. March 16 in Myrtle Beach, followed by reminiscing at Tim’s favorite bar, The Duck Dive from 3pm to 5pm. There will also be calling hours from 3 to 7 p.m. June 18 at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home in Theresa, NY. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. June 19 at the Presbyterian Church in Theresa, NY, followed by a reception at the Theresa Fire Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for a stranger in Tim’s honor. Make the call you’re avoiding. Make up with family.