Allan Dunham's Story
Allan Dunham Reith, age 58, longtime resident of Epping, N.H., passed peacefully Monday morning, July 31, 2017 at Whittier Rehab Hospital in Haverhill after a long private and courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband and life partner of Malisa (Haggerty) Reith; the most important part of his life for the past 26 years.
Allan was born in Boston on January 30, 1959, son of the late Howard C. Reith, Jr. and the late Jeanne (Dunham) Reith. He spent most of his adolescent years growing up in Rowley. He graduated from Triton Regional High School, where he excelled at basketball and discovered “Atlantis”, in 1977. He then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for three years and was honorably discharged in 1980.
After the Army, he began his professional career as a copy machine technician. After several years, he started his own business, the Copier Connection in Newburyport. For 30 years, he proudly and successfully ran the business, dedicated to excellence in service and total customer satisfaction.
Allan was a great provider for his family, as well as a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and best friend to all. Music was an integral part of his life. He liked nothing better than playing his guitar at family gatherings, jamming with or for a group of his friends, or watching and learning from his favorite guitarists live in concert. His music touched everyone to the core of their soul, yet he was very humble about his God given talent. His other great passion in life was golf, playing often at Ould Newbury. But there was nothing that surpassed his love for his family and friends.
He will always be remembered for his infectious laughter, “bigger than life” persona, steadfast devotion, and genuine kindness and generosity to all.
In addition to his wife, Malisa, he is survived by his son, Derek Reith and wife, Jessica of Epping, N.H.; his brother, Howard C. “Skip” Reith, III and wife, Bette of Raymond, N.H.; his nephew, Howard C. Reith, IV of Boston; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Jackie Haggerty of Salisbury; along with several aunts, cousins, extended family members, and countless friends. Allen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visiting hours will be Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. at the Funeral Home and a Celebration of his life from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hungry Traveler Restaurant in Salisbury. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to benefit colon cancer research and treatment. Payments can be mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Development Office, Suite 540, Boston, MA, 02114 or can be made online.
Published on  August 3, 2017