Murvin “Bun” Henry Reese Jr.

June 18, 1934 - February 16, 2024
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Murvin (Bun) Henry Reese, Jr., age 89 of Wilmington, Delaware, died on February 16, 2024. Murvin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1934. He was the son of the late Murvin Henry Reese and Elizabeth Marsh Reese. Murvin attended Henderson High School and graduated from West Chester State College (now West Chester University) withContinue Reading

Timothy Huang left a message on July 12, 2024:
Just now hearing the news of Mr. Reese's passing. I was in his class in 1983 and to this day, think about that year and its (and his) profound impact on my life. So much so that as recently as last qeek, I recounted an anecdote invokving him and me into a new play I am writing. Mr. Reese was one of a kind. I'll never forget how, years later, he would be conscripted to play Ed Sullivan in our production of Bye Bye Birdie. I was cast as Albert, and seeing him there back stage and in holding made me so proud. Of myself and of him. Not everykne gets to draw a direct line betqeen their third grade teacher and who they would later become. I'm so lucky to have had him in my life, and my heart breaks for everyone he loved and cared for.
Martha Rupp Stiber left a message on April 3, 2024:
Bun Reese came into my family’s life when I was very young. My mother was a teacher, and that is how she met Wanda & Bun. The Reeses became close friends with both of my parents. I could go on & on about how wonderfully enriching it was to have Bun Reese as a role model throughout my life, but I will fast forward to something more specific. In 1987 my father died leaving my mother a young broken-hearted widow. It was at this time that Bun & Wanda proved themselves to be the very best kind of friends. They would call Mom regularly & visit her often. Their company would lift her spirits. They let her know she wasn’t alone. They were there for her for the rest of her life. I will be forever grateful for that. Mom liked to recite a quote from William Butler Yeats, “Think where man’s glory begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.” I know she had glorious friends like Bun & Wanda in mind. Rest in peace & comfort, dear Bun. Thank you for being a true friend. I love you!
Denise Jarrell left a message on March 1, 2024:
Bart and family, I am very sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all your good memories. ~Denise J (CLS)
Samuel & Mary Ann B left a message on March 1, 2024:
We will be with you dear Wanda today in spirit! We are just home Monday from the hospital in Philadelphia after a week . We love 💕 you and you amazing family dearly and the privilege to being your friends , more like family for 62 years! Bun was one of 1sts in so many ways! We will treasure our memories for ever!
don kirtley left a message on February 29, 2024:
dear family, Don and I were so saddened to hear of Buns passing. We always enjoyed his company--loved the oyster roasts. I know he was so proud of his wonderful family. How special it is that he was able to see all of you so accomplished and happy. Our love, Sherrie and Don Kirtley
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Roberta Gredell left a message on February 29, 2024:
Our thoughts of deepest sympathy are with all the Reese family. I have a great memory of Bun driving me to Brookside Elementary school in the summer of 1968 where we both taught a summer Title One program. He drove us in style- his yellow convertible! I was a newly married 21 year old and I was very impressed! Bun was a great teacher and mentor. He leaves behind a great legacy.
Judith Spruance left a message on February 28, 2024:
Years ago when my son entered Tatnall in the third grade his teacher was "Mr. Reese". From the moment I saw that kind wise face with a sense of humor I knew this would be a good experience for Will and indeed it was a happy and fullfilling one as "Mr. Reese" contributed to Will's development as a student and a person and made it fun along the way. What a wonderful man who made us all feel accepted and at ease. Wiith love and sympathy for your loss to Wanda, Bart, Martha and all of the family. He will always be remembered with affection and admiration.
Amy (Teets) Triggs left a message on February 27, 2024:
Martha and Bart - I was so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. What an incredible husband, father, teacher and friend. He will be deeply missed by so many. Sending you my love and deepest condolences to you and your families.
Bob Brams left a message on February 26, 2024:
Murv was plain and simple — an incredible person. He was my second grade teacher before arriving at Tatnall. As his obituary notes, he always made me feel like I could do whatever I put my mind to. He was always one of my favorite teachers. Given all his years in education, there is no doubt he was devoted to making people into productive citizens. I’ve thought about Murv every day since his lovely wife Wanda let me know about his passing. Ultimately my thoughts turn into a grateful smile. My deepest condolences. Much love, Bob Brams (Tatnall’77)
LESLIE M Hurley left a message on February 24, 2024:
Dear Wanda, what a wonderfully, kind, generous man Murv was. He picked me up and drove me to school my first year of teaching. I had no car or driver's license at that time and I'm sure he had many better things to do with his time. Since I was a new teacher, he also had good ideas for me to use in the classroom. I also enjoyed working with you a few years later at Maclary. My deepest sympathy is with you and your family.
Kristin Lauria Gurley left a message on February 24, 2024:
Mr. Reese was my 3rd grade teacher many many years ago ( Tatnall class of 1995) and I remember him fondly. Thank you for bringing joy to my education at an early age. Keeping you all in my hearts as you mourn his passing. - Kristin Lauria Gurley
Adam Doherty left a message on February 23, 2024:
Best to the 'Mr Reese' and the Reese family.
Lawrence Katas left a message on February 23, 2024:
My deepest sympathies to the Reese family. Murv was a dear friend and mentor to me for 43 years . My late wife and I had many memorable moments with Murv and his family. A bright light has dimmed in my life but will always be bright in my memory of Murv . He was the “Best of the best “ God bless.
Debbi (Pernick) Ford left a message on February 23, 2024:
Dear Martha, Bart, Wanda - So much time has passed but my memories of your Dad, you, and your family are vivid and dear. Your Dad’s eyes sparkled warmth, support and mischief at the same time! Thinking of you - Debbi
Kiondra “Muffin” Russell left a message on February 23, 2024:
My heart is with you, Mrs. Reese, and your family during this time. You shared many stories with me about your family and I feel as though I know them, too. I was blessed that you were my first grade teacher at Downes Elementary School in Newark. You will always be in my hearts’s hall of fame and I pray that God will provide comfort for all of Mr. Reese’s family and friends. I love you!! 💕
Scott Bixby left a message on February 23, 2024:
Just recently I was thinking about my favorite teacher...It was Mr. Reese! He left an impression that will stay with me forever. I am so grateful to have known him for such a long time. In fact, his entire family have been friends of ours forever. I'm going to miss him and am terribly sorry for not being able to attend his funeral. My condolences go out to Mrs. Reese, Bart and Martha. I love you all so much!!
Ann McNeil left a message on February 22, 2024:
To Wanda, Bart, and Martha, I extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loving patriarch. Murv’s passing is so sad for all who knew him. I will treasure my Tatnall memories of Murv, in and out of school. He was an outstanding colleague and friend. Murv always brought his positive attitude, twinkle in his eye, and ready smile to everything he did. My remembrances of Murv are happy, joyful, and will always bring a smile. He touched so many lives; I was fortunate to be one. Ann
Chrissy left a message on February 22, 2024:
One of the most beautiful people that I have ever been blessed to know!!! Prayers for Mr. Reese and his lovely family ❤️❤️🙏🙏
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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