Ex-Daily Newser remembered for her warmth, volunteerism

Ex-Daily Newser remembered for her warmth, volunteerism

A fixture at the Chatham Daily News for more than 25 years, and a familiar face to many, Eleanor Reeve is being remembered for her warm personality and service to those in need.

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A fixture at the Chatham Daily News for more than 25 years, and a familiar face to many, Eleanor Reeve is being remembered for her warm personality and service to those in need.

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Reeve died Jan. 19 at 72, according to an obituary.

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Well-known for her work with the Home Hunting Guide, which she affectionately called her “book,” and its predecessor, the Real Estate Guide, she retired in 2017.

But she didn’t slow down, later working at Frick’s Fish & Chips in Chatham, and volunteering with Loads of Love and FreeHelpCK.

Jim Blake, former Daily News publisher, called Reeve “one of a kind,” noting her work ethic was unmatched and that she was a genuine people person.

“Eleanor’s dedication to the Real Estate Guide and her realtors was legendary,” he said. “It went beyond any definition of customer service. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for her clients who, over the years, became her friends.

“She loved her book and the realtors loved her right back. She was the social butterfly who knew and talked to everyone during the good old days on Fourth Street.”

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According to her obituary, Reeve enjoyed time with her children, grandchildren and lunching out with her close friends.

Local realtor Teri-Lynn Harlick, who knew her for more than 30 years, said she was “a remarkable person so full of fun and love,” with a smile for everyone she met.

“When I started in real estate, of course she was my ad girl with the Home Hunting Guide, we had many fun times playing with wording and always making things interesting,” she said. “I remember her tweaking ads for everyone and spending hours upon hours making sure everything was just perfect . . .

“She really did treat us all like a family, not just clients,” she added.

Harlick, who also owns Frick’s Fish & Chips, hired Reeve part-time at the Queen Street restaurant about three years ago when she was looking for something to do.

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The gregarious employee, lovingly dubbed “Grandma” by fellow staff, enjoyed interacting with customers, especially small children.

“Words cannot begin to explain the way Eleanor made us all feel when she was around you, like you were the only person in the room, and she brought nothing but sunlight everywhere she went,,” Harlick said. “She will be deeply missed by many.”

Reeve is survived by her boyfriend, Dave Tulp, her children, Bridgett Bailey and Brian Bailey (Judy), and grandchildren James, Samantha and Simon.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the McKinlay Reception Centre, 459 St. Clair St., in Chatham from 2-5 p.m., with words of remembrance shared at 3:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to CK Animal Rescue.

Online condolences may be left for the family at mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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