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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Henry Gerard “Hank” Reap, 80, of Smethport, PA

Henry Gerard “Hank” Reap
Henry Gerard “Hank” Reap, 80, of Smethport, PA, passed away on Wednesday evening (November 13, 2013) at his home surrounded by his family. 

Born June 7, 1933 in Plains, PA, he was the son of the late Gerard and Caroline (Weber) Reap. On June 18, 1960, he married Bernadine (Franco) Reap, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children Karen Reap (Carol), TJ Reap (Maria), and Liz Reap Carlson (Lath). Also surviving are three grandchildren Madeline Reap, Ivan Reap and Livia Carlson.

Hank was a 1951 graduate of Plains Memorial High School, attending Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and Wilkes College before enlisting in the Air Force on April 1, 1953. He was stationed at Wethersfield RAF Station in Essex, England for 3 years and worked in Special Weapons. While there, he played on the base football team which played charity games in Belfast, Ireland, Edinboro, Scotland and Rabat, French Morocco. He was named to the All UK Team and USAFE (USAF in Europe) Team.

He graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1961 with a degree in Education. He played football there and was named to three honor fraternities (Sigma Zeta, Phi Sigma Pi and Kappa Delta Pi). He taught Mathematics at Smethport Area Schools from 1961 to 1993. In addition to teaching, he started the Golf program in 1963 and coached football, basketball and golf.

He was a member of the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, the Big 30 Committee, Smethport Country Club, St. Elizabeth’s Church, and served as Chairman of the Smethport Borough Authority for many years. Hank was an avid golfer and the founder of The Smethport Invitational. In addition to golfing, he enjoyed reading, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc. 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00am at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby after Mass at church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby Building Fund, and the St. Elizabeth’s Building Fund. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


Anonymous said...

What a true gentleman Hank was. Always friendly and with a smile to boot. We will certainly miss you. May God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

So sad to see this news. We lost a true gentleman. I graduated from Smethport, over 40 years ago. I had so much respect this man, I would only address him as "Mr. Reap".
God bless you Mr. Reap. You will truly be missed ...