WESTFIELD - William M. Reed Powers, age 74, of Westfield, died peacefully, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Reed was born November 8, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late Lawrence A. and Mathilde (Reed) Powers.
After graduating high school at Westfield Academy, Reed furthered his education and earned a Ph.D. in education and teaching. He was a science teacher at Plainview Central School District in Plainview, New York, retiring in 1984 after 20 years of service.
William M. Reed Powers
He married the love of his life, Jane Pomroy, on August 3, 1963 in Dunkirk, NY and together they raised three children.
Soon after returning to the Westfield area in 1990, Reed began an hour long radio show every Sunday morning from the WDOE radio studio in Dunkirk, NY called Senior Report. The show took off well and became video-taped to be aired on public access channel 21 later during that week. Eventually, the show landed into the hands of public access channel 5 in Mayville in 1995 and has aired every Saturday live for one hour since its conception. Reed had hosted more than 950 shows and was moving toward the 1000th-show mark.
Mr. Powers was a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club, the John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion of Westfield, the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge # 118 of Westfield, and the Masonic Lodge and had been a member of the Citizen's Hose Co. #2 of the Fire Department of Westfield for several years; most recently, he was a member of the Westfield Fireman's Exempt Association.
Reed is survived by his wife: Jane (Pomroy) Powers; two daughters: Ruth (David) Dougan, Sarah (Mark) Powers; one son: James Powers, and four wonderful grandchildren, all of Westfield, NY.
Survivors also include his sister, Vicci Forsell of Westfield, NY; and one brother, Dan (Carolyn) Powers of Roswell, GA.
At Reed's request, all services will be held privately at the convenience of his family.
A special time for reunion and remembrance with food and refreshments will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Westfield Moose Lodge, 19 Clinton St., Westfield, NY 14787.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made on Reed's behalf to : Alzheimer's Assoc. of WNY, 2805 Werhle Drive Suite #6, Williamsville, NY 14221, or to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmont Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750, or to Access Channel 5, PO Box 188, May-ville, NY 14757.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY 14787.
To send Reed's family a message of sympathy or to light a memorial candle, log on to www.masonfuneral.com.