William M. Reed Powers
WESTFIELD – William M. Reed Powers, 74, of Westfield, died peacefully, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Reed was born Nov. 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, and worked as a science teacher at Plainview Central School District in Plainview, N.Y., retiring in 1984, after 20 years of service.
He married the love of his life, Jane Pomroy, on Aug. 3, 1963, in Dunkirk, N.Y., and together they raised three children.
Soon after returning to the Westfield area in 1990, Reed began an hourlong radio show every Sunday morning from the WDOE radio studio in Dunkirk, N.Y., called ”Senior Report.” The show took off well and became video taped to be aired on public access channel 21 later dur-ing 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 1,000th 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, a member of the Ma-sonic Lodge. He had been a member of the Citizen’s Hose Company 2 of the Fire Department of West-field, for several years and most recently was a member of the Westfield Fireman’s Exempt Associa-tion.
Reed is survived by his wife: Jane (Pomroy) Powers, two daughters: Ruth (David) Dougan, and Sarah (Mark) Powers, a son, James Powers and four wonderful grandchildren, all of Westfield, N.Y.
Survivors also include his sister, Vicci Forsell of Westfield, N.Y.; and a 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 4-8 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 Association. of Western New York, 2805 Werhle Drive Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221 or to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750, or to Access Channel 5, P.O. Box 188, Mayville, NY 14757.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY 14787.
To send Reed’s family a message of sympathy or to light a memorial candle, log on to www.masonfun-eral.com.