Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Mr. Reed by chance while on a golf vacation in Ireland playing at Waterville Golf Course that day. I enjoyed my round with him and his friend. After seeing his St Andrews members sweater, I knew that golf was a big passion of his. When he mentioned where he lived, I asked him if he ever had the chance to play at the nearby Seminole Golf Club. His response was quite unexpected, "Oh, about 5,000 times", which nearly made me double over. He saw my passion for golf and he stunned me again by offering to host me at Seminole for a round of golf. It was March when I eventually went down to play there with him, and finally, late that evening after all the excitement was over, I suddenly realized that today was my actual birthday! He was an incredibly generous host and this is my top golf encounter of my 40 years of playing. Thank you again Mr. Reed.

Posted by Gary Owen - Chicago, IL - friend   February 27, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mr Nathaniel Reed,May the family and friends find comfort in the a God of all
Comfort and hearer of prayers.

Posted by New york    January 01, 2020

We are deeply saddened by the news of Nathaniel passing. I am grateful for being able to have known him. He was a legendary environmentalist and gentleman of the highest order.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Reed family.

Posted by Nicola Linza - North Palm Beach, FL - friend   March 28, 2019

Had the privilege of fishing with him in Northern Quebec, he was an artist while fishing for salmon. He was a mentor and a friend.

Posted by Chris Rhea - NY   August 18, 2018

To the family and friends of Mr Nathaniel Reed
I extend my condolences on such a tragic accident of your loved one. In reading Mr Reed's biography I appreciated his commitment to environmental preservation. His many strides have benefited nature and people. As a fellow lover of creation, I too am in awe of the animals and wildlife that exists but also man's demise to numerous other species. Mr Reed's contributions of awareness did not go unnoticed but especially by our Creator. Ecclesiastes 9:11, Psalms 145:21, Hosea 2:18.

Posted by Ramona - NY   August 18, 2018

I know that no words could ease the grief of losing a father, a friend, and a husband in death... every family is different in their journey of healing. But our Heavenly Father can become your Stronghold (Psalms 9:9) in these moments off need. May the family be granted strength and comfort to cope.

Posted by - FL   August 15, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family of Nathaniel.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May your wonderful treasures fill your heart with love and bring you peace.

Posted by A friend   August 14, 2018

And many of us remember Mr Reed as a wonderful golfer with a beautiful swing, who played his best at Grindstone Neck Golfcourse in Winter Harbor.

Eric Herlan
Former Grindstone Caddy

Posted by Eric Herlan - Winter Harbor and Kittery, ME   August 11, 2018

To Robert and Family, My condolences and prayers. May your Uncle rest in peace.

Posted by Suzi Paladino - MELBOURNE, FL   August 04, 2018

I was saddened to hear of Nat's passing. He was a wise man and a great environmentalist. I was fortunate to know him and to have been the recipient of his advice and wisdom. With my deepest sympathy to his family, Charles Myers

Posted by A friend   August 03, 2018

My deepest sympathy for the Reed family, and hoping that you'll find peace and have happy memories. Php 4:7

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2018

Condolences to the family of Nathaniel Reed. During these critical days ahead, may the God of Comfort help the family to cope with the death of the family member.


Posted by A friend   July 26, 2018


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   July 26, 2018

My condolences to Adrian and family for the loss of your dear father ~ Nathaniel. I am sorry that his long wonderful life was shorten by an accident. May you continue to be blessed with memory and legacy and your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together; and may the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2018

We are sorry for your family loss.
In just a little while all of the pain and sorrow that we feel from the death of our love ones will cease and be replaced with joy because the former things have passed away.

Posted by Evans family    July 23, 2018


Posted by A friend   July 21, 2018

Posted by A.M. - Racine, WI   July 20, 2018


We are very saddened by the news of Nathaniel's passing , he had such a kind heart , always showing concern for others , he was a giant of a man who lived his life to the fullest.
We will and do miss him very much , many in our family will also miss him.
Nathaniel was more of a friend to me than just my boss , that's something special I'll always be grateful for.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed family, especially Mrs. Reed, may our Lord give each one of you the comfort only he can give.
God Bless.
Ronnie & Sharon Panaro

Posted by Ronnie Panaro - Palm City, FL - friend   July 19, 2018

How vart sad but dies doing something he loved. Please accept my condolences (Psalms37:29)

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2018

Deepest sympathies to the family and friends for your loss. May the God of all comfort provide your hearts with what you need to heal.

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2018

My condolences to Nat's family and all who have him close to their heart. I will always cherish our conversations on bonefish and the beautiful habitats they call home. Thank you for all that you have done for the environment. I will keep doing my part for the fishes Nat!

Posted by Karen Murchie - Chicago, IL - friend   July 19, 2018


Posted by R D - SC   July 18, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 18, 2018

Having talked to Nat just a few months ago, this news comes as a great shock. Nat and my father, Spencer Smith, were close friends, having worked together as Assistant Secretary and FWS Director in Interior. My father shared many good memories of their friendship before his death last October (lhsmith916 at gmail and not reachable by phone until November). I am especially glad now that Nat published his green highway book. My love to the Reed family in this difficult time.

Posted by Larry Smith - Sacramento, CA   July 18, 2018

My sincere sympathies to the family.
Nathaniel witness one of my first casting lesson at the Blackville Pool.
Very impressive He would say.
My late husband and I enjoyed his company, good conversation at the dinner table.
R.I.P. Mr Reed.

Mrs Line Madore
Blackville, NB

Posted by A friend   July 17, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time

Posted by A friend   July 17, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family of Nathaniel Reed. May God comfort your hearts each day during this most difficult time. Ps 94:19

Posted by B H - MD   July 17, 2018

There aren't enough words to express my thoughts on the achievements of Nathaniel (Nat) Reed. He was unexcelled in his love and accomplishments for Florida's and the Nation's environment.


Posted by Estus Whitfield - Tallahassee, FL   July 17, 2018

Sincere sadness over your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by Je    July 16, 2018

Thank you Nathaniel for the many kindnesses you have shown me over the last 23 years. I will miss you.

Posted by Corrine W. Roberts - Mesquite, NV - family   July 16, 2018

Nathaniel Reed was a friend and a champion of the environment. He will be greatly missed. His life was well lived and he accomplished much.

Posted by Drew Martin - Lake Worth, FL   July 16, 2018

We are so saddened by this news. He was truly a great and kind man and will be missed. Our love and prayers go to the whole family.

Posted by Renee Bisciotti - Millersville, MD   July 16, 2018

Posted by Ned Stone    July 16, 2018

RIP Mr. Reed. This world became a better place because of you. May your works continue in your memory.

Posted by Cindy McLaughlin - Palm Coast, FL   July 16, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Reed at Seminole Golf Club where my dad works. Mr. Reed was very instrumental and encouraged me while I was in College at FAU. I thank God for him because he paid for my college courses one summer when financial aid didn't cover them. I am sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his Family.

Posted by Ghia Graham Hunter - Riviera Beach, FL   July 16, 2018

So very sorry for your lost may Rev.24 4 bring you comfort.

Posted by Barbara Sutton    July 16, 2018

My deepest condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort prove to be your strength during this difficult time.
Psalm 18:2

Posted by christian    July 15, 2018


Comfort from knowing that God feels for us when we suffer.
Zechariah 2:8

Posted by D F - MD   July 15, 2018


To the Reed family

Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this time. Mr Reed will always leave special memories close to our heart at (Three Islands).

Donna Meredith xx (Three Islands Camp in Canada)

Posted by Donna Meredith - New Richmond - Friend   July 15, 2018

I hate to think where we all would be today if it weren't for you, Mr Reed.. Thank you for saving us from ourselves and making us see how important it was and is to take a different and more thoughtful and compassionate path. God Bless You Sir.

Posted by Anna - Salt Lake, UT   July 15, 2018

Audubon of the Western Everglades Audubon of the Western Everglades Saddened at the Passing of Two Giants of Florida Conservation

With the death of Nathaniel Reed this week, and the July 4th passing of Bernie Yokel, Audubon of the Western Everglades is saddened to lose two of Florida's conservation leaders whose legacies will endure for generations. Bernie Yokel was a pioneer in conservation science for Southwest Florida, founding the Rookery Bay Marine Research Station in 1970. He wrote the landmark Naples Bay Study in 1979, sat on the Governor's Commission on a Sustainable South Florida which set the stage for Everglades Restoration, and went on to be lead the Florida Audubon Society for over ten years.

Bernie was not only a rigorous scientist, whose work still guides efforts to restore Naples Bay today, he was a great human being. He knew how to communicate with policy makers and regular people. He will be missed! said Eileen Arsenault, President of Audubon of the Western Everglades.

Nathaniel Pryor Reed was instrumental in the creation of the biggest national conservation policies of the last 50 years, including the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. His passion was invested most clearly in his love and work to restore the greater Everglades, including establishment of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Mr. Reed was recognized and spoke at two Audubon of the Western Everglades Galas including in 2013 when he was named a Guardian of the Everglades'.

Nathaniel Reed's contributions to Florida's and this nation's conservation legacy are monumental. With his pivotal role in creating the Big Cypress National Preserve here in Southwest Florida, we have a foundation on which to extend his legacy long into the future, said Mimi Wolok, Executive Director for Audubon of the Western Everglade

Posted by A friend   July 14, 2018

First met during the Squirrels at The Country Club 50 years ago then thru salmon fishing. His intellect and persistence has truly made a difference.
When one leaves us may I go the same way. Catch a bright salmon in a beautiful place and go quickly

Posted by Kit Barrow - Vero Beach   July 14, 2018

In researching a history of Everglades National Park commissioned bythe National Park Service, I came across Nathaniel Reed's name at every turn. The park and the state are greatly in his debt.

Posted by Robert Blythe - Chicago, IL   July 14, 2018

You will be greatly missed, Great Man

Posted by Pamela Drake - Chokolskee, FL - friend   July 14, 2018

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Reed family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by CF    July 14, 2018

My condolences to the Reed family. He will be truly missed. May the God of all comfort be with his family. 2 Cor.1:4

Posted by Cici    July 14, 2018

Thank you Mr. Reed for your love and concern for our beautiful endangered wildlife. God gives each of us gifts and yours was that, so without your life and spirit it would not have been. God Bless each and everyone who was his family and his friend.

Posted by Cindy Shaper - Moss Point, MS   July 14, 2018

We have lost a giant ! Nat will remain an inspiration for me for ever.

Best to the family,

John Elting

Posted by john elting - SANIBEL, FL   July 14, 2018


We all are so sorrow to hear of the death of Mr Reed. We thank him so much for all the good that he have accomplished on behalf of preserving our beautiful earth. May our creator give comfort to Mr Reed's family and friends at this time of deep sorrow.. May all draw close to God,John 17:3' because he love us so much.

Posted by Sally - Painesville, OH   July 14, 2018

Posted by Cc    July 14, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Reed family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. May God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and make you firm during your grieving process.

Posted by A friend   July 14, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences.
Precious & fond memories will forever be cherished. May they remind you of the wonderful times that you spent together, giving you pleasant thoughts. May God's loyal love give you the comfort you need at this sorrowful time and also give you the strength to endure. Psalms 119:76

Posted by M.    July 14, 2018

Thank you for all you did to preserve natural places and stand up to the greed that spoils them. We need your spirit to live on in our future leaders. Prayers are with your family.

Posted by A friend   July 14, 2018

It's a blessing to see ones who appreciate God's creation. May good memories provide solace for Mr. Reed's family and friends during this challenging time and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. (John 17:3)

Posted by Sam N    July 14, 2018

The good we do is not always notice by others, the affect can benefit millions for a lifetime. Men who love God's creations see his invisible qualities because they are inexcusable. My sincere condolences for your loss.

Posted by - IN   July 14, 2018

Truly saddened to read about Nathaniel Reed's passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43

Posted by - BRONX, NY   July 14, 2018

May the memories of joy and laughter from a shared past together give you comfort and sustain you.

Posted by - GA   July 14, 2018

My condolences to the Reed family for their loss. His efforts to preserve this beautiful earth will always be appreciated. What a dear man.

Posted by Virginia Tamuts - Mays Landing, NJ   July 13, 2018


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   July 13, 2018

We selected Nat Reed as one of the 11 Guardians of the Everglades. He said he was honored to have his portrait painted. Nat laughed out loud when he saw his Guardian portrait for the first time, then kept smiling and laughing. He later wrote: I am awed, seriously awed.You know that my love of our land and state are not for rewards or notoriety, but for our nation's future.I feel so indebted to have been born in this great country. . . . .You have caught me in a familiar pose!
These words truly encapsulate this great man.

Posted by Nicholas Petrucci Connie Bransilver - Los Ranchos,, NM   July 13, 2018

My personal memories of Nat were that he was a true gentleman who always took the time to take a call or answer an email. His laughter would fill up a room and his smiles and bear hugs always made me feel welcome. I knew him to be honest and true to his beliefs of which I had great respect. I will miss him.

Posted by Nicholas Petrucci - Albuquerque, NM   July 13, 2018

Nat was the backbone of Florida environmentalism since the 1960s. HE got Governor Claude Kirk elected. He was instrumental in halting the partially constructed Everglades Jetport and Nat did much, much more.

Johnny Jones (1932-2010) called Nat an 800 lb gorilla which was an understatement.

The poem Success by Bessie Anderson Smith (1904) describes Nat.

It has been my great pleasure to have met and stayed close to Nat since 1995.

Posted by Bob Mooney - Lake Worth, FL   July 13, 2018

Sadly, the lion's roar for Florida's environment has been silenced, but his legacy will continue forever. What a man! Bobbie Lindsay

Posted by Bobbie Lindsay - Palm Beach, FL   July 13, 2018


In memory of the legacy of Nat Reed. I'm grateful to have been able to record his stories on video that been shared with thousands of people.
May his message about the wilds of Florida live on.

Posted by Elam Stoltzfus - Blountstown, FL   July 13, 2018

To the Reed family , my sincere
May you find comfort in the words
at John 6:44.

Posted by Robbie and Darlene - OH   July 13, 2018

Its difficult to realize that Nat has left us. He was one of my environmental heroes and a mentor to myself and many others. Nat was gifted with the ability to get people do do the right thing for the environment. Like Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Art Marshall he will be greatly missed but fondly remembered for his many accomplishments. Loved his inside stories of different environmental issues over the years.
Nat left though doing what he loved. Our most sincere condolences to the Family.

Franklin & Kathy Adams

Posted by Franklin & Kathy Adams - NAPLES, FL   July 13, 2018

Clyde and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Nathaniel. His life was filled with the love of the environment of Florida, and we will miss that inspirational enthusiasm. But, we're thankful that he was in this world and that his life made a positive difference to the world. I would hope that we all could make that kind of difference in our lives.

Our hearts go out to you in your loss. Breathe deep and go out into the environment that he saved, sit under a tree, and be thankful for his life.
~ Clyde & Niki Butcher

Posted by A friend   July 13, 2018

I'm very sorry for your loss. One day he will be so please to see this Earth turned a Paradise. Isaiah 35:6

Posted by A friend   July 13, 2018

There will never be a greater, more peaceful and gentle man who heralded and protected Florida's environment. Rest In Peace dearest Nat.....may God be with all his family and friends.

Posted by Allen Sistrunk - Boca Raton, FL   July 13, 2018

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Posted by Ann Marie Stokman - Milwaukee, WI   July 13, 2018


God's Blessings thank you for all you did for our wildlife. May you rest in everlasting Peace

Posted by A friend   July 12, 2018

To the Reed family, please accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers for the loss of your dear loved one Nathaniel. May God grant solace during this most challenging time. Nathaniel was truly a brilliant and accomplished man of integrity. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A Caring Neighbor    July 12, 2018


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   July 12, 2018

God loves people who care for and protect what He has made. BRAVO for Nathaniel Reed. Surely he is in God's memory. My condolences.

Posted by K. T. - Lawrenceville, GA   July 12, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by A friend   July 12, 2018