Jay Reader, 20, New Canaan Student

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Jay Ross Reader, son, grandson, brother and devoted student of the Torah, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 20. 

He is remembered for his wide smile, deep-seated kindness and intense love of family and friends. His passions included sports (he loved watching the Redskins and excelled at playing tennis), politics and the financial markets, being with family and friends and studying the Torah. He attended New Canaan High School, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and, most recently, Southern Connecticut State University. 

He nurtured his Judaism throughout the years, and studied with Rabbi Wilhem at Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo in West Haven. He deeply enjoyed the Shabbos, when the world slowed down and cell phones turned off, when one's focus returned to nourishing the soul with a hearty meal, quiet reflection and study, and the company of family and friends. 

He is survived by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reader, of New Canaan; his sister, Alanna Reader, also of New Canaan; his grandfather of Newtown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends across the tri-state area, including his extended family at Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo.

Donations in lieu of flowers are appreciated at Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo, PO Box 26005, West Haven, CT 06516.

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