James Samuel Reef, M.D.
Hudson - James Samuel Reef, M.D. 86, a longtime resident of Hudson, Ohio passed away Sunday March 21, 2021, peacefully surrounded by family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Born in Chardon, OH, Jim graduated Valedictorian from Chardon High School in 1952. His senior year of High School was spent at Muskingham College, OH where he graduated in 1954 with a major in Mathematics and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. At the age of 19 he was accepted to Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia receiving his Medical degree in 1958. While in medical school, Jim joined the United States Air Force as part of the Junior Senior Program and served from 1956-1963. He did a rotating internship at Tripler Army Hospital and was a Flight Surgeon at Lackland and Vance Air Force Bases. Captain Reef received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1963.
He did a Radiology residency at Akron General Hospital and an NIH fellowship in Texas at Parkland and MD Anderson hospitals in Radiation Therapy and Nuclear medicine. Dr. Reef returned to Cleveland after completing his fellowship and practiced locally at Akron General Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and spent 27 years with the Ohio Permenate Medical Group associated with Kaiser Permanate and finally retired in 2006.
After retirement, Jim continued practicing medicine intermittently all over the country relieving other physicians. He travelled to Indian Reservations and many locations along the Southern border. Dr. Reef was regarded as an empathetic and compassionate caregiver by his patients and colleagues.
Jim had many varied interests, he enjoyed playing golf, chess, poker and had a special interest in horse racing. He loved sports and was a diehard Browns and Cavs fan but especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's activities.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Edna (nee Cline) Reef and a brother Dr. Thomas Reef. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (nee Murphy) Reef, and his children, Chris (Michelle) Reef of Rocky River, Jennifer (Michael) Strilesky of Kent, Jim (Kelly) Reef of Stow, Scott (Amy) Reef of New Jersey, Meredith (Michael) Fiorucci of New Jersey, Andrew (Michelle) Reef of New Jersey, his grandchildren, Jillian, Maggie and CJ Reef, Taylor, Ivy and Grayson Strilesky, Abby, Mason and Wyatt Reef, Evan, Haley, Brianna and Jenna Reef, Michela, Drew, Emma, Mase Fiorucci and Jordan, Trevor, Colin and Lindsey Reef. The family will receive friends from 4-7 Sunday March 28, 2021 at the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home,19 East Main Street (On the Square) Hudson, OH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 340 N. Main Street, Hudson, Ohio (ALL TO MEET AT THE CHURCH). Mass will be livestreamed at www.stmaryhudson.cc/livestream. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery Hudson, Ohio. www.johnsonromito.com
Posted online on March 24, 2021