John M. 'Big John' Reek

Published on Thursday, 4 October 2018 18:56


John M. “Big John” Reek, Sr., 73, of Bristol, had left us on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at Countryside Manor.

John was born on July 11, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a son of the late James and Margaret (Costabile) Hunter. A lifelong Bristol resident, he worked for Superior Electric in addition to his work as a bartender and bouncer. He enjoyed playing darts and video games and was an avid poker player.

He leaves a daughter, Christine Gagne of Bristol; a son, John Reek, Jr. of Bristol; a sister, Catherine Willis of Bristol; grandchildren, Brandy Welesky, Melissa, James, Courtney, Bethany, and David Reek all of Bristol; great-grandchildren, Edward, Ethan, and Elizabeth Welesky, all of Bristol; niece, Stephanie (Willis) Crombie and husband, Brian, and great-niece, Emily, all of Plainville.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, James Hunter, and son-in-law, Matthew Gagne.

Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Monday between noon and 1 p.m. prior to the funeral. Visit John’s memorial web-site at

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Thursday, 4 October 2018 18:56. Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2018 18:58.