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Theodore J. Reiss, 87, of Rumson, died on July 7, 2021, from pneumonia. Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from Loyola School, NYC (’51) and Georgetown University (AB ‘54). After college, he joined Reiss Corporation and never once considered retiring. The third generation to lead the family firm, he worked there tirelessly for 67 years, while also actively serving on numerous professional and charitable boards. In 1960, Ted settled in Rumson, where he helped to raise his four children.

Ted was predeceased by his son, Theodore Kransz Reiss (‘72), and daughter, Ruth Margaret Reiss (‘97); his parents, Raymond and Ruth; his brother Raymond, Jr. and sisters, Rita Gorman and Ruth Barrett. Surviving are his wife, Cornelia Riker Chehab Reiss and her children and grandsons Randa, Carina, Eric (Lynn), Christina (deceased), Kyle, JJ and Will Chehab; sister, Lucy Mullen; mother of his children, Beverly Blanchet, daughter, Heidi M. Reiss, son, Carl A. (Anne) and grandsons Carl and Jack.

A man of boundless energy and determination, Ted threw his all into everything no matter how big or small, and we pray his soul now rests in eternal peace.

The family extends its gratitude to Ejercito Guerrero, who along with many other health aides, acted with remarkable compassion and commitment.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven, on Tuesday, July 13th at 10:30 am, followed by a private interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, you may consider making a donation in Ted’s memory to a charity of your choice.   Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740