Born January 31, 1925, in Tuckahoe, N.Y., he was the son of the late Antonio Reda and Ermina Bronico Reda. He was also predeceased by his wife, Ultima “Timi” Cardinalli Reda, who passed in 2013.
Mr. Reda served in the US Navy “Seabees” during World War II. He was a self-described “peddler” who was the recipient of two honorary doctorates from Lafayette College and Centenary College. He was a long-time member of St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, the Pomfret Club, and Harkers Hollow Golf Club. The company he founded, Lou Reda Productions, is internationally known as a producer of top-quality non-fiction programming garnering immense praise in the form of People's Choice Award, Peabody, and nine Emmy nominations (including one win).
He is survived by his sons; Mark Reda and wife Deborah of Lopatcong Township, N.J., and Scott Reda and wife Debra of Harmony Township, N.J. Grandchildren are Adam Reda, Joshua Reda, Marc Reda, Marcy Daniels and her husband Harris, and Louis J. Reda, as well as great grandson Colton Daniels. In addition to his wife and parents Mr. Reda was also predeceased by brothers, Nicolo and Julio and sister Mary Zwicker.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 10:00am at St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, 430 So. Main Street in Phillipsburg, N.J. There are no calling hours and the entombment will be private. The Finegan Funeral Home in Phillipsburg is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/