Eugene R. Reda Sr., 54, of Cape Coral died July 10, 2013, in Fort Myers. He was born Oct. 10, 1958, in Paterson, N.J., to his wonderful parents, Lois and Alfred Reda. He was blessed to have two loving sisters, Susan and Karen. He attended the West Paterson Public School System, Passaic Valley High School and went on to graduate from Drew University.
He first met his wife, Cathi, in high school, where she fell completely in love with him and where he thought she was just a "cute kid." After spending time working in Europe and on an oil rig in the North Sea, he returned home to realize that Cathi had been right all along, and they married.
He began work at Ferrulmatic in his early 20s. It was here that he began his lifelong career with the Fabiano family, working passionately to insure that the men and women warfighters of the armed services had top quality equipment to face battle. He was presently working with the family as president of Savit Corportation.
Eugene R. Reda Sr.
By far his greatest joy came with the birth of his two sons, Gene and Stephen. He loved being able to spend time with them teaching them all of life's good things. He got so much pleasure during the years with the Destination Imagination teams teaching the skills of "thinking outside the box." He has passed his love of dogs on to both the boys (I'm sure Dale and Maura thank him for that). His hobby of home brewing beer certainly was front and center of almost all conversations with both of the boys. He was so happy to see Gene marry the love of his life, Michele, and to see Stephen so happy in his relationship with Madeleine. His love and pride at watching them become the amazing men they've become was always the first thing he'd talk about to anyone he met.
He believed in giving back. He was a volunteer fireman for many years, receiving exempt status in 1991. He and Cathi served as co-directors of New Jersey Destination Imagination and as team managers for the kids of West Milford for many years. He was honored by the Picatinny Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association with the Firepower Award in October, 2011
More than anything, he believed in living each day to its fullest. By celebrating his life here today, he would hope that you would look around you, take joy in the beauty and love of family and "don't sweat the small stuff."
A celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date in New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.