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Joseph R. Reed
December 9, 1981 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 42) 42 Years Old
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Joseph R. Reed (42) passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 4th at Westchester Medical Center. It feels gut wrenching and impossible to imagine a world without him.
He fought so hard for the past 8 months battling Aspergillus, an invasive blood infection that remains a mystery, even to his many doctors. He was transferred to a hospital 3 hours away from his family for 4 months spread out over 3 hospital stays. He faced surgery after surgery for a total of 11, scared but hopeful every time. He gained the nickname “Surgery Superman” because the doctors were always shocked by the way he recovered so quickly after every surgery, even his last.
Joe is predeceased by his mother: Theresa Reed. He will be missed everyday by his fiancé of 6 years Marcia Roth; step-children: Brandon (Ramaira, Chloe) and Alexandrea Roth; his father and step-mother: Thomas and Joyce DiBileo-Reed; his brothers and sister: Thomas A. Reed IV, Michael Reed, Kristen Reed (Aginaldo Monteiro); nieces and nephews: Holly (Danielle Nelson) Reed, Layla Welch, Lennox and Lincoln Monteiro, Claire, Andrew and Emily Blackman; his aunt and uncles: Eugene O'Neill, Craig and Kathy Pawlak; his father and mother-in-law: Terry and Rosie Blackman; brother and sister-in-law: Kyle and Sarah Blackman; and sister-in-law, Patty Reed; and other extended family.
Joe was born in Taylor, PA December 9th 1981 and moved to Binghamton in March of 2018 to be with his fiancé, Marci. He instantly created an unbreakable bond with his step-children, Brandon and Alli who are left devastated by his absence while remaining strong for their mom.
Just before moving to Binghamton, Joe was recognized by the Taylor Borough for his bravery and selflessness after rescuing a family from their burning home. Joe had a way of making every single person he met feel important, and to him, they were. He always asked your name and remembered it; he gave his full attention to whoever was speaking and would get so frustrated with his fiancée’s family who are unable to focus on one conversation at a time. Joe once hugged a stranger in a grocery store parking lot who was down on his luck and gave him whatever cash he had in his pocket. He did these types of things often.
Joe loved his puppies, Max and Maverick so much and would often take them for walks, stopping to chat with neighbors along the way. He was an amazing truck driver, as he learned from the best – his Dad! He enjoyed bringing Marci and Ali on the road with him whenever he could. During his time at Riverside High School Joe was very active in sports, setting records in Track and Football #35. Joe was not a fan of sappy or corny sentiments and is probably rolling his eyes right now, but truthfully, “To know him was to love him.” We could go on and on. And will. Forever. To anyone that will listen. Our time together was too short.
The family would like to thank the dedicated Nurses, Doctors and Staff at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.
A Private Memorial Service is being planned for the Spring to celebrate our incredible Joe. In honor of Joe, we ask that you extend a hand and open your ears to someone in need.