Vincent R. Reed, Sr., a former Gloucester City councilman, died on December 20. He was 85.
He served during the era of Francis J. Gorman, a legendary local politician who served as a city councilman and city treasurer and spent served as an Assemblyman from 1972 to 1985.
Reed was appointed to the council in March 1971 when Thomas Kilcourse resigned to become the city clerk. He won the third ward seat in November, defeating Republican William Foltz by a vote of 992 to 574.
He was re-elected twice by 2-1 margins against his GOP opponents, in 1974 against Carolyn Dorris and in 1977 against Patricia Ann Dick. He was not a candidate for re-election in 1980.
Reed was a member of UA Local 322, the Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Service Technicians union.
He is survived by his six children, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet Wednesday, December 26 from 7-9 PM at the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home in Gloucester City, and again on Thursday, December 27 from 9:30-11 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gloucester City. A Mass will be follow at 11 AM.