New Castle County Councilman Reda has died

County Councilman Joseph Reda takes the oath of office in Wilmington. Reda died early Thursday morning. (photo courtesy NCCo)

County Councilman Joseph Reda takes the oath of office in Wilmington. Reda died early Thursday morning. (photo courtesy NCCo)

New Castle County flags will be lowered to half staff in honor of Councilman Joseph Reda who died early Thursday morning.

Reda was first elected to County Council in 2004 after decades of work as a sheet metal worker. New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon announced Reda’s death in a statement issued Thursday morning. “Few have served our county and its citizens as faithfully and tirelessly – or in as many ways — as he has,” Gordon said. “Joe was a model of devotion to family and community.”

Reda was co-chair of the county’s Land Use and Economic Development committees. He served also as a member of the Community Services, Finance/Administration, Public Safety, Special Services and Executive committees. He graduated from Brown Vocational Technical High School and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Reda’s wife of 48 years, Donna Marie Reda, died in December. They are survived by two children and five grandchildren. 

By law, a special election will be held to fill Reda’s seat. 

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