Edward T. Reynolds, 79: Valued family, time at sea

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BRUNSWICK — Edward Thomas Reynolds, 79, died Oct. 6 at Parkview Hospital.

Born in New Haven, Conn., on March 31, 1931, he was a son of Warren and Cathryn (Carney) Reynolds.

After attending local schools, he followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Navy.

From 1948 to 1953 he served in the U.S. Navy, including two tours of Korea during the Korean War.

His love for the ocean, which lasted his entire life, was only surpassed by his love of family.

In October 1954 he married Geraldine Ploga and happily raised two daughters, Debra and Laura.

They lived in West Bath, where he served as a town selectman and worked as a government employee assigned to Bath Iron Works.

In 1987 he and Geraldine moved to Coastal Estates in Brunswick until her death in 1993.

In 1995 he married Eileen McDonough, a long-time friend and widow of a Philippine Sea Association fellow shipmate.

As a member of the Philippine Sea Association, he would travel across the country to attend reunions with former shipmates.

He also enjoyed visiting his daughters in Texas and Chicago, and despite their distance, they were a close-knit family.

In his later years he suffered from cancer and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. He tolerated these difficulties with grace and dignity, never losing his sense of humor.

His optimism, faith and love of family will always be treasured by those who knew and loved him.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine Reynolds, and a brother, Warren Reynolds.

He is survived by his wife Eileen Reynolds; two daughters, Debra Ann McGuire and her husband Brian of Plano, Texas, and Laura Reynolds Anderson and her husband Steve of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Meghan Reynolds Sebren and her husband Roni of Texas, and Tara Reynolds Norkett and her husband Don of Texas; and two great-grandchildren, James Norkett and Abigail Norkett.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Arrangements are by David E. Desmond Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.

Memorial condolences can be shared with his family online at desmondfuneralhomes.com.

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