Found love and support at Habitat Plus in Lynn
On Dec, 8, 2019, Nathan Lemuel Reed suddenly and unexpectedly left this life far too early, and is now in heaven with Jesus, his Lord and Savior.
Nathan was born in Dover, NH on Jan. 5 1983. He was the first born child to Barbara Frank of Lisbon, Maine and Daniel Reed of Lewiston, Maine.
His parents were over the moon about his arrival and fell in love hard and fast. His early years were spent in West Kennebunk, Maine where he spent many hours playing with his younger sister, Rachel, enjoying time in nature, many days at “Mothers Beach” in Kennebunk catching waves, building sandcastles and playing with other children in the neighborhood.
Nathan was a superior student who had a reputation for being an excellent chess player, so good that once at the age of eight, he played against the Maine Chess Champion who was quite impressed by his abilities. Nathan was also an avid Scrabble player who took no prisoners! He enjoyed playing baseball and basketball and was well liked by his teachers and peers. Nathan also enjoyed learning to play the drums and carried his love of music with him his whole life.
Nathan had many great qualities; he was a gentle, compassionate, kind and polite young man with a heart of gold. He had an amazing sense of humor and gave the very best hugs. He loved his family and friends and he was extremely loved by them.
Nathan was proud to be a United States Veteran as he served time in the Iraq war from 2002 to 2004.
There are no words to describe the pain of losing him so soon. Much of Nathan’s adult life was spent fighting battles with mental illness and addiction. In the end Nathan beat addiction and conquered barriers that a lesser man would not have overcome. Nathan found the love and support to do this at Habitat Plus in Lynn where he found his tribe with other veterans who were like brothers to him. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to all of them and the beautiful souls who work so hard everyday to make Habitat Plus home. You all were his second family and he loved you as much you loved him.
Nathan fought many battles in his short life but he ultimately won the war on addiction and had taken back his life. Nathan will be remembered and celebrated as a hero. We are so proud of Nathan’s fight, strength and persistence. Nathan will always be cherished in our hearts, remembered and celebrated as a hero.
He is survived by his both his parents, Barbara Frank of Lisbon, ME and Daniel Reed of Lewiston, ME, his sister Rachel and Jason Hatch, his niece, Imogene and nephews: Miles, Memphis and Dax of Lewiston ME, his grandmother, Betty Josephson of Auburn, ME, his grandfather, Jack Carey and his wife, Noreen of Lawrence, his aunt, Cheryl Carey of Biddeford, ME, uncles, Brian and Kevin Carey of Gloucester, many cousins, extended family and friends.
His visiting hours were held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Saturday, Dec,14 with a graveside service at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta, Maine on Tuesday, Dec,17 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Nathan’s honor to Habitat Plus, 516 Essex St, Lynn, MA. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.