Myles Manuel Reis Sr. died Sunday, June 27, 2004 at
Nantucket Cottage Hospital after a long illness. He was 79.
Mr. Reis was born on Jan. 23, 1925, the son of the late Manuel and May
Reis. As a very young man he went to work on Ed Gardner's farm doing
what he loved, from planting to tending cows until World War II called
him to action. He enlisted in the 82nd Airborne Division and became a
paratrooper. It was during a leave from the war that he had his first
date with Priscilla Larrabee. They were married on April 6, 1947.
In 1954 they started Reis Trucking, working tirelessly together to make
the company what it is today. Work, however, was not Myles' only
passion. When Myles and Prill were not working, they traveled
extensively. Together they saw six of the seven continents.
Myles proudly served on the board of directors of the Nantucket Bank and
was an active member of the Wharf Rat Club. It was Myles' life-long
dream to have his entire family living beside Miacomet Pond so at the
tender age of 75, Myles and Priscilla took on the daunting task of
building a home for their retirement years. His dream was realized when
last November all of his children were finally together up at the pond.
Myles' love for his family and especially his two great granddaughters
made the last months of his life easier to bear.
In addition to his wife Priscilla, Reis is survived by his sister
Margaret McCormick; his two children, Marsha Kotalac and Myles Reis Jr.
and his wife, Roberta; his granddaughter Cindy Gordon and her husband
Christopher Gordon; and their children Beatrice and Hannah Gordon.
Services were held on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at St. Mary?s Our Lady of
the Isle Church.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Nantucket Cottage Hospital or
Community and Home Health Care of Nantucket.
(published in the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror)
(courtesy of John Speer)
Grave markers for Myles M. Reis in the Old Section
Prospect Hill, no. 2085 of the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket
(Nantucket county), Massachusetts.
Myles was a native of Nantucket Island and as a Pfc in
the Service Company was awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 6 March 1946;.