During Tuesday's City Commission meeting, Mayor Craig Cates
proclaimed April 6th as Father Canon John H. Reece, Jr. Day. Father
Reece became the rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Key West in 1950,
and remained until 1975. During that 25 years in Key West, he left an indelible
mark on the parishioners as well as the citizens of the city. He was fondly
known as Father Reece and was respected as a dedicated priest, community leader
Father Reece was extremely effective with the youth of the church and community, working diligently with the Sunday school, acolytes, youth choir and summer school students, and he strongly believed in education. Therefore, he took it upon himself and at his own expense, to establish a "summer school" for children in the community. As the only instructor, he broadened their educational experiences and supplemented their education in the basic subjects.
In order to perpetuate that gift of education, seven scholarships will be awarded in Father Reece's name on Saturday.
In the photo, Darlene Bennett and Marcia Sweeting-Somersall, members of the St. Peter's scholarship board accept from Mayor Craig Cates a proclamation naming April 6th as Father Canon John H. Reece, Jr. Day.