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Samuel L. Reed

April 21, 1943 ~ August 20, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Samuel Larry Reed said farewell to this world unexpectedly on August 20, 2023, at the age of 80, leaving behind a legacy that touched countless lives. Born on April 21, 1943, in West Fairview, Sam's journey through life was one defined by resilience, passion, and a genuine love for others. 

The story of Sam's life began at West Fairview Elementary, where destiny connected him with his soulmate, Joyce Sanderson, a partnership that would stand the test of time. Upon his graduation from Cedar Cliff High School in 1961, Sam answered the call of duty, enlisting in the Air Force and marrying his beloved Joyce on June 1, 1962. 

Four years of devoted service to his country paved the way for Sam's transition to a new chapter, one that would be etched with unyielding commitment and the pursuit of dreams. As he took the wheel for Roadway, an unforeseen passion was ignited. Alongside the demands of the road, he tirelessly built a home for his family on a piece of land he had acquired. This endeavor marked the inception of his affinity for real estate, a passion that would ultimately define his career. 

From the hustle of trucking to the intricate world of real estate, Sam's journey was a testament to his indomitable spirit. With his real estate license in hand after diligent study and examination, he undertook the daunting task of cold-calling and door-knocking, committed to leaving the road and making real estate his career. In 1972, Sam achieved partner at RSR Realtors – but this was only the beginning. Over the course of the next 50 years, he solidified his place as a respected figure in the industry—a builder, a developer, a living embodiment of hard work and dedication. 

To those fortunate enough to share in Sam's life, he was a model of humility and generosity, never seeking accolades for his acts of kindness. A master of all trades, he possessed the unique ability to fix, build, and create whatever he set his mind to. His approach to life was encapsulated by his unquenchable thirst for knowledge and growth, facing each day with gratitude and positivity. 

Sam's memory will forever be cherished by his adoring wife, Joyce; daughters Tracy Reed and Trish Fries (accompanied by her husband, Matt); his siblings, Howard, Brenda and Marion; and a lineage of grandchildren: Josh Reed (and his wife, Leslie), McKenna, Kalyn, and Britt Cole, Tayler, Braden, and Landon Fries, and Tara Reed. The legacy continues with great-grandsons Luke and Lucas. Sam was preceded in death by his son Samuel Jr. and his brother Robert E.Reed.

In honoring Sam's life, his family and friends will gather in a private celebration of his enduring spirit. In lieu of flowers, those moved by his legacy are invited to make memorial contributions to the Masonic

Villages of Pennsylvania, c/o Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 to be used for the Masonic Children’s Home of Pennsylvania. 

Sam’s journey through life was characterized by his boundless dedication, ceaseless kindness, and an insatiable hunger for growth. As we bid farewell, let us remember him not with sorrow, but with gratitude for the immeasurable gift of his presence in our lives.  



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