Paul Edwin Reedy, 61, owner of electrical firm

May 08, 2002

Paul Edwin Reedy, president and owner of Reedy Electric Co., died Saturday of cancer at his home in Woodbine, Howard County. He was 61.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Oella, Mr. Reedy was a 1959 graduate of Catonsville High School. He served in the Navy as an electrical specialist aboard the USS Proteus from 1959 to ,1962.

Returning home, he joined the commercial and industrial electrical contracting firm in Ellicott City that had been established by his father in 1952. The business is now being operated by third-generation family members.

"When he wasn't working, he wasn't happy. He even worked two days before his death," said his wife of 31 years, the former Elaine Legal.

Mr. Reedy was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and enjoyed spending time at a second home he maintained in Canaan Valley, W.Va. He helped area residents rebuild homes and businesses after devastating floods there in 1985, as well as helping to build the Canaan Valley Volunteer Fire Department's firehouse.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 18 at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glenmar Road, Ellicott City.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Paul Scott Reedy of Detour; two daughters, Denise A. Donovan of Columbia and Gayle J. Walsh of Richmond, R.I.; and eight grandchildren.

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