Davenport Hotel Doorman John Reed passes away
SPOKANE, Wash. — Longtime Davenport Hotel Doorman, John Reed, passed away peacefully in his home on April 9.
Reed, the Davenport Hotel’s longest tenured employee of over 75 years, was 88.
Reed was first hired at the hotel when he was just 13-years-old by Mr. Davenport himself back in 1942, when he went to work as a busboy. This was during World War II, when there was a severe shortage of manpower throughout the entire United States. To fill this shortage, employers were able to obtain special permits to allow young people to work in low-risk jobs.
John was in the seventh grade at the time and was able to work in the evening and on weekends. His first job consisted of setting and clearing tables. He made 35 cents an hour, plus whatever tips the waitresses would split with him. John left the hotel and returned in 1958, this time as a college graduate and began working as a bellman. When the hotel closed in 1985 due to disrepair, John retained his employment as head of maintenance for the various owners of the hotel.
For the last 16 years, John was the head doorman at The Historic Davenport Hotel and worked 4 days a week.
Details on a memorial service are forthcoming from John Reed’s family.
Lynnelle Caudill, Davenport Hotels Managing Director announced to all Davenport associates today:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the unexpected passing of Mr. John Reed. John was 88 years old and worked all the way to the end to ensure that he personally welcomed our arriving guests to “The Davenport” and City of Spokane. He loved our community and the hotel where he worked for over 75 years. Over the past few years he courageously fought a few health issues. He continued to work without complaint and had the strongest determination of any associate in our history. I find peace knowing that he was comfortable in his home and in his own bed at the time of his passing.
On a very personal note, I have learned so much from John and will miss him greatly. We know what a rare thing it was to have him continue year after year and put us first. He really did, even when not feeling well, he drove himself to work every day, put a smile on and made a difference. That is something very special we all can take from him. He gave so much and I want to thank all of you for making John a part of your family and taking good care of him as well. He was loved.”
Walt and Karen Worthy, owners of the hotel, were saddened as well to learn of John’s passing.
“Our fondest memories of John were that each time that Karen and I entered the hotel when he was working he said: Mr. and Mrs. Worthy welcome to YOUR hotel! He always asks about our families and how everyone was doing. John was our go to person to answer questions about past celebrities that stayed at the hotel and Louis Davenport. He was our ambassador and we will miss him immensely,” said Walt and Karen Worthy.
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