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5401 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: 757-366-9260
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Anthony R
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December 7, 1947 – September 30, 2018

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Anthony R Reade
CAPT Anthony R. Reade died on 30 Sep 2018, in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the age of 70, a victim of Leukemia. He was born in Dublin, Ireland on 7 Dec, 1947. Tony immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1954. In turn, he immigrated to the United States in Jan 1967 to join the United States Army. Tony served two tours in Vietnam as a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. Utilizing the GI Bill he attended College graduating from Florida State University. He then joined the United States Navy to pursue his dream to be a Naval Aviator.
In thirty years of Naval Service Tony served in six Squadrons to include Command of Fighter Squadron Thirty-Three. It was his unexpected and challenging duty to dis-establish his squadron. He went on to be Air Boss on the USS Independence in Japan, Operations Officer for Carrier Group Eight, and Chief of Staff for Cruiser Destroyer Group Twelve. His last tour was Commanding Officer, Fleet Area and Control Facility, Virginia Capes. Always preferring sea duty he deployed ten times on five different Aircraft Carriers.
His awards include the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze stars for Valor, four Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, two Purple Hearts, three Air Medals, three Navy Commendations with “V”, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB) and numerous other awards.
He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine who had courageously battled Lung Cancer for seven years. He has a date in heaven with his “little Marine”, the greatest gift of his life. Both of them lived by three loyalties, Faith, Family and Country, not always in that order, but always foremost in their life.
Tony was a fervent Catholic active in his parish, quietly performing many tasks in support of his friend and priest, Father Rob Cole. Over time he held many leadership roles in the Knights of Columbus Council 13467. There are not enough words to thank all the friends and parishioners who visited him, fed him and aided him in his final months. God’s gift was to allow him to know when he would die so he could prepare spiritually.
CAPT Reade is survived by his sons Rob and Raymond. He was especially proud of his boys and their accomplishments and oh so grateful for their efforts to be with him as much as possible during his limited time left on earth.
The family would like to thank the staff at Virginia Oncology Associates, especially Dr. Michael Danso and his immediate staff. What these people do every day in caring for the cancer patients should never be taken for granted.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. Cremains will be interred at the Church and a reception will follow in the church commons.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Saint John the Apostle (SJA) Outreach Ministry.
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Thank you, Anthony for your service to our country.

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