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Bob Reece
« on: Dec 10, 2003, 06:58 »
Greg Reece sent me this email:

Mike, I wonder if you would post this on NukeWorker for me, Thanks, Greg Reece
 
 
 
     It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform the nuclear community of the passing of one of my greatest and lifelong heroes. My brother, Bob Reece. The events of December 9th have come as a great shock to our family and we are trying to cope the best we can during this holiday season.
     I realize today that I was blessed to have been able to travel and work with my big brother and learn from him, and although he followed a strict regiment that almost made him seem hitleresque I knew that no one took his work more serious than Bob did. I admired him greatly for it but teased him relentlessly and we both knew it was in fun. It was fun.
    I know that my brother had scores of friends in the nukes and he loved the life of the roadtech. The last couple of years have been to hard personally and it finally came to a tragic end in the early morning hours of December 9th when he took the life of his ex-wife, her boyfriend and himself. He left two daughters without parents and for that I am incredibly angry at him. All of our collective hearts are with his girls and your prayers may help.
    I cannot explain to you the choice my brother made because it was irrational and wrong. I will not judge him on the final moments of an otherwise exemplary life.  I loved my brother dearly, I told him that often and it was the last words we spoke to each other. He will always remain my brother, my friend, my hero.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #1 on: Dec 10, 2003, 06:59 »
I worked with both Bob and Greg in Vermont.  I've had dinner with both of their families.  Both are good men.  I'm greatly saddened by this news.  They are in my thoughts.



In this picture (sorry that its blurry) Bob is the guy in the back row, center.  Greg is next to him on our right.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #2 on: Dec 10, 2003, 07:58 »
A true tragedy...my prayers for his daughters and for the family...I knew him and will miss him.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #3 on: Dec 10, 2003, 08:57 »
For Greg, I found this! I hope it helps with your loss. My Thoughts & prayers for the whole family.

Like many other bereaved siblings, I have found that writing about my experience with loss has helped me to heal. Here is something I wrote about sorrow.

Sorrow

She rises out of nowhere, like a wave from the sea,
Slowly at first, silently, then crests and peaks;
Still I have a choice
I can turn away, go to work, watch a movie, play a game...
But I know sorrow well.
Though I turn away, she will wait,
Perfectly patient,
Until I am still,
Then crush me with all of her accumulated power.
Once I had angry walls to shut her out,
But her incessant pounding tore them down.
So now, when she rises,
I turn to her and say,
Here I am, I know you, sorrow.
She crashes on my shoreline,
And sorrow and I are one
Until, trailing frothy whitecaps,
She sweeps away.

by P.G. White

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #4 on: Dec 10, 2003, 09:03 »
prayers for you and your family greg.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #5 on: Dec 10, 2003, 10:06 »
http://www.theunionleader.com/Articles_show.html?article=30066&archive=1

DEERFIELD — A turbulent marriage scheduled to go to divorce court tomorrow instead came to a violent end when a Deerfield woman’s estranged husband fatally shot her and a male acquaintance yesterday, then killed himself.
Robert P. Reece Jr., 45, shot Wanda M. Reece, 41, and Carl Stewart, 43, of Pittsfield, with a 12-gauge shotgun in the Reeces’ rural 91 Griffin Road home early yesterday morning, and then shot himself with a .44-caliber Derringer handgun, police and a state prosecutor said.
Police found out about the shootings from a 911 emergency call shortly after 3 a.m., Assistant Attorney General James D. Rosenberg said.
The couple’s two children, Lisa, 15, and Kori, 11, were not injured.
“The children are not harmed. They’re safe and they’re in good hands,” said Lt. Russell S. Conte, commander of the State Police Major Crime Unit. Authorities would not say whether the children witnessed the shootings or if they made the 911 call.
The deaths have been ruled an apparent double homicide and suicide while authorities continue their investigation. Autopsies are scheduled for this morning.
Robert and Wanda Reece, who were married 15 years and separated more than a year ago, were supposed to appear in Derry District Court tomorrow for their divorce trial.
Robert Reece’s out-of-state job forced the two-day trial to be delayed until tomorrow.
Reece said his wife — a state-employed drug and alcohol abuse counselor — habitually abused alcohol throughout their marriage and accused her of having an adulterous relationship with Leonard Anderson of Alexandria, according to court documents he filed March 18.
In one of several requests for protective orders made by both spouses during the last two years, Reece sought a temporary restraining order against his wife Sept. 11, 2002. He claimed her alcoholic relapses and blackouts were harming their children.
Reece, in his statement to the court, said his wife attempted suicide twice and attended five rehabilitation facilities for her alcoholism.
He also claimed in court records that she was convicted of three drunken driving charges and was convicted of an assault charge against one of her children in 1995. He later withdrew the domestic violence petition.
Both Wanda Reece and Stewart worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery, said John Stephen, Health and Human Services commissioner.

Wanda Reece was involved in drug and alcohol abuse counseling; Stewart was a dormitory supervisor, he said. Both were enrolled in programs to become certified in drug and alcohol abuse counseling.

Wanda Reece filed for divorce in October 2002. She has two sons from a previous marriage, court records show.
The couple jointly owned the 91 Griffin Road home, although Robert Reece had worked in Texas and later took a job in California when the couple separated. He last worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California, court records show.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #6 on: Dec 10, 2003, 11:07 »
Just for the record, is this the Robert Reese that worked for Nukem?  This is a terrible loss and my prayers go out to Greg and family.


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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #7 on: Dec 10, 2003, 11:30 »
Prayers and more prayers. May the hand of God draw you in close to him and the comfort therein. May the children heal and be surrounded by love and understanding. Let me not judge but love.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #8 on: Dec 10, 2003, 06:50 »
  I have known Bob for many years both personally and professionally.  His friendship has always meant alot to me, and he will be deeply missed. Prayers to his family and friends.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #9 on: Dec 11, 2003, 01:22 »
Greg,

 My thoughts and prayers are with you, in these trying times.  I've known you and your brother since the Vikem days at IP-3.  Worked with you both at Seabrook a few years ago, never got the chance to get together at that site.  This news comes as a shock and weights heavy on my heart, but I can remember hundreds of good time we had in the past!  I'll keep those memories!  

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #10 on: Dec 11, 2003, 05:24 »
Greg, This news comes with allot of saddness. I've known you and Bob for ever. My Prayers are with you, the family and his two girls most of all.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #11 on: Dec 11, 2003, 06:42 »
Greg
Worked with you guys back in the eighties. This is the only time I ever thought of you guys with out smiling. I am so damn sorry man.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #12 on: Dec 11, 2003, 07:37 »
Greg, losing a sister to a homicide and then a mother two months later during the holiday season was a devasting blow to our family.  May the love you have for your brother always remain strong forever in your heart.  My prayers are with you, your parents, nieces, and all family members, as well as their mother's family and her companion's family.  God Bless Bro.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #13 on: Dec 11, 2003, 05:43 »
I cannot imagine what events could have led up to what happened, and my heart pours out to those two girls.  I only hope they have the strength and support to heal.
Having said that, I will always smile remembering the softball and the bowling at Shoreham.  The beers afterward were I vividly remember Bobby and I trying to knock each other out with a head-butt.
He was loud and full of life like I like to think of myself.  
I have written this sentence four times, I guess I do not really know what to say.
I wish his family and all of those affected peace in the midst of all this insanity.
Cheers,

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #14 on: Dec 12, 2003, 12:23 »
Greg,
Sorry to hear of your loss.  I worked for Bob in '87 at Palo Verde.  He was a good guy and I enjoyed working with him.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. :'(

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #15 on: Dec 12, 2003, 06:41 »
Just one more note.

Bob's Screen name (on AOL) was NukeWorker. That is where I got the Idea for the name of this site.  -- This site shall live on as a small tribute in memory of him.

I'm trying to get funeral information right now, in case anyone want's to send flowers.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #16 on: Dec 12, 2003, 07:49 »

Greg, sorry for your loss.. life just isn't fair sometimes.
MIKE, Your input on starting a college fund for the girls..
         Kenny B.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #17 on: Dec 12, 2003, 08:40 »
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Greg, sorry for your loss.. life just isn't fair sometimes.
MIKE, Your input on starting a college fund for the girls..
         Kenny B.

I can't think of anything better.  I would be willing to take on the responsibility of setting one up.

I imagine in the next three (Lisa) and seven (Kori) years, we could save up a few dollars for them.  Even if it was a small amount, it would be worth our efforts. –I just hate that this happened.  My mom died when I was 20, and it was tuff on me.  But to loose both parents at such a young age…. I just can not imagine…

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #18 on: Dec 12, 2003, 05:46 »
ENCLOSED IS INFORMATION ON BOB REECE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

WILKINSON BEANE FUNERAL HOME
164 PLEASANT STREET
LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE  10326

MASS DECEMBER 14, 2003 AT 9:00 AM

MAY BOB REST IN PEACE AND BE IN A BETTER WORLD THEN WE ARE.  MET BOB ONE YEAR AGO AND HE WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH.  HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED.  MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.   TJM

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #19 on: Dec 12, 2003, 11:54 »
GREG,SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF A GREAT MAN. AND MAY THE LOVE OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY BE A SOURCE OF COMFORT TO YOU AND THE TWO GIRLS AT THIS TIME.AND REMEMBER THAT YOUR LOSS IS SHARED BY MANY FRIENDS WHO CARE AND THAT YOUR LOVED ONE WILL ALWAYS BE AS CLOSE AS A MEMORY & THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT IS ALWAYS AS CLOSE AS A PRAYER. BOB WILL BE MISSED, FRANCES JOHNSON

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #20 on: Dec 13, 2003, 05:10 »
Greg,
The loss we  feel as a nuclear family cannot compare to yours and his daughters.  Bob was fun to work with, and great to be around.  I worked with Bob and yourself at Vermont Yankee and Bob was my lead at Yankee Rowe.  We cannot imagine the pain he was in or his state of mind that drove him.  I pray for his children That some day they come to understand.God bless you Greg and with a heavy heart and to Bob  say farewell.  
 

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #21 on: Dec 13, 2003, 07:49 »
Greg informed me that there will be a trust fund set up for the girls.  When I get the details, I will post them.

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #22 on: Dec 17, 2003, 10:10 »
GREG,
   FIRST LET ME SAY THAT MY HEART AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BE STRONG FOR THE GIRLS. YOU ARE A GREAT GUY AND I KNOW YOU WILL MAKE GOOD GHOICES FOR THEM. BOBBY DID GOOD BY ME AS A BOSS AT VERMONT YANKEE. HE ALLOWED ME TO DO WORK THAT WAS DONE BY THE GUYS OR THE MORE EXPERIENCED FEMALES. I GAINED CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF(THANKS BOBBY!) HE WILL BE MISSED.
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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #23 on: Dec 20, 2003, 04:03 »
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Just for the record, is this the Robert Reese that worked for Nukem?  This is a terrible loss and my prayers go out to Greg and family.



Robert (Bobby) E. Reese, the one that works for Nukem is alive and well.  He just emailed me and asked me to let everyone know that it isn't he that we speak of.

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  I was sorry to hear about Bob, I have been in the business since 1979 and had worked with Bob in the past at V.C.Summer in the late 80's and have not seen him since. As you can imagine I have received some e-mail requesting me to call or reply to them to confirm that I was not the person on your web site.
 I have read at least 3 replies to Bob Reece's obituary that refer to me, I am the Bob Reese that works for Nukem. The 3 that replied are AZKidd #279, Hasher #5201 and AtomicPunk #5470, (I do not recognize these names and would like for them to be notified if possible), since I am not registered on your site I would like to know if this information could be put out on your site to help clear up some misunderstanding. Please reply, Thank you. Robert (Bobby) E. Reese

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Re: Bob Reece
« Reply #24 on: Dec 23, 2003, 10:44 »
Greg,
Im so sorry for your family's loss .
God bless you all , and help them heal.

 


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