Hundreds mourn father of two
As a UPS delivery driver, Drew Reynolds delivered packages to many places in Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Everywhere he went, he made friends. Many of his friends – along with people who had never met him but had heard about his tragic death – paid their respects at his memorial service Sunday.
Reynolds was killed Tuesday night when Scott Krause reportedly stole a truck and hit Reynolds’ UPS truck head on near the corner of Brunswick Road and Idaho Maryland Road.
About 600 mourners crowded around Hooper and Weaver Mortuary for his funeral. More than half of them listened to the service on speakers outside after the sanctuary quickly filled up.
“This is the most people that I’ve seen at a funeral,” officiating pastor Andy Owens said at the beginning of the service. “Drew touched so many people. He would probably be flabbergasted to see how many came.”
Owens was friends with Reynolds because the mortuary was on the driver’s route.
“Working at UPS, Drew did not know what to wear other than short pants,” Owens said to try and lighten the mood.
Work was a major part of Reynolds’ life, and his co-workers came in full uniform. They directed traffic to the mortuary.
Reynolds had many hobbies, Owens said, including soccer, skiing, fishing and working on his boat.
Brother-in-law Mike Malarae, who was also one of Drew’s best friends, spoke about the time the two shared together.
“I will think about (Drew) every day, and he will always be in my heart,” Malarae said. “I have never seen Drew get angry for more than two seconds. He never wanted to hurt anybody.”
Malarae thanked the mourners for their support of his brother-in-law’s family and said people would be lucky to live a life like Reynolds.
“I want everybody to take two seconds out of their lives and make a Drew decision,” he said.
After the ceremony, family members took part in the burial and then a police-led procession of UPS trucks, a Fed-Ex truck, friends and family members went from the mortuary to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for a reception.
The mourners at the funeral ranged from close family members and friends such as Dianne Williams – who has known Drew’s wife, Lore Reynolds, since she was 8 years old – to people who just wanted to show they care.
“(Drew) was the gentlest, kindest guy you would ever meet,” Williams said. “He was one in a million.”
Ken Orr, who works at Sierra Performance Inc. car repair shop, did not know Drew Reynolds personally, but he deals with UPS delivery drivers on a daily basis, as they deliver parts to the shop.
“He represents all of the little guys supporting their families,” Orr said. “Obviously, this is a tragedy.”
Not one word was said about the man who is now charged with Reynolds’ murder.
“Today is about Drew and his family,” Malarae said. “That’s all it’s about.”
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