He had been battling cancer.
Frederick County Board of Education member Jimmy Reeder has died. Commissioners' President Blaine Young said he received a text message Thursday morning from Reeder's wife, Darlene, that her husband passed away shortly before 3:00 AM.
Reeder had been battling cancer. Young said Reeder was first treated at Frederick Memorial Hospitla, and then taken to Johns Hopkins. The physicians there said there was nothing further they could do, and sent him home.
Young said he received a phone call from Reeder around noon on Wednesday. Reeder had called to say "goodbye." "He was just apologizing, and telling me how sorry that he let me down and let us down in the community," says Young, who responded: "You didn't let anybody down. You're an incredible asset to this community, and you're going to be an incredible loss to this community and an incredible loss to this community as a dear friend."
Board of Ed member Brad Young, in a Facebook posting, said he worked with Reeder for close to 25 years in the banking community, but got to know him better when the two ran for the Board of Education in 2010. "What I learned from Jimmy is that he is a man of principal and a man deeply dedicated to his wife, Darlene, his family and his friends. His word was Gold and when you needed him, you could always count on him," Brad Young said in his posting.
Commissioner Young says Reeder will be remembered for "common sense" while serving on the Board of Education. "You can't spend what you don't have. He understood it. That's the world he worked in. He worked in the financial world; he understood you can't spend what you don't have," said Commissioner Young.
Reeder had 38 years of professional banking experience. He's also a 1972 graduate of Thomas Johnson High School.