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Edward Bennet Reith, Of Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Edward Bennet Reith, of Westport, died Friday, Aug. 7.

Born in Manhattan, he eloped with Tempe, the love of his life, March 2, 1957. She predeceased him in 2013.

He worked for over 30 years as an electrical engineer, moving from one interesting assignment to another after graduating from Columbia University, School of Engineering. In 1991, he became the proprietor of Brooklawn Discount Liquors and worked retail until his quasi-retirement at 78. When he was 38, he had the first of three bypass heart surgeries as well as a number of angioplasties later in life.

Throughout the years, he and Tempe maintained two warm and happy homes in Easton, Connecticut, and Shelter Island, New York. They enjoyed entertaining friends, playing Bridge and spending time on the water. He loved to read and passed on his love of reading to his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Lion's Club, Christ's Church in Easton, Connecticut, the Gardner's Bay Country Club and Shelter Island Yacht Club.

He is survived by his son, Russell Reith (Aiping); daughters Amelia Gabriel, Sarah McArthur and Anne Reith; and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son Gerald.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at Christ's Church, Easton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association in his name.

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