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Mike REID
Père : Medley REID
Mère : PORTER
Décès le : 2004-01-27
Parution : 2005-01-28
Paru dans : Times & Transcript, Moncton, NB

M. R. (Mike) Reid, LCol-ED Mike Reid, of Riverview, passed away Tuesday January 27, 2004. Mike was a much-loved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend, who will be greatly missed. Born in Salt Springs, son of the late Medley and Charlotte (Porter) Reid. Mike came from strong Loyalist Stock. One of only two Surviving Children, he and his sister Marguerite spent their early years working the family farm adjacent to the Saint John River, where Mike acquired his strong work ethic and family values. Mike was proud of his roots and remained very close to his extended family in the area, attending many family reunions over the years as Patriarch-as early as June 2003. Mike joined the cadets attached to the 8th Hussars in 1934 and remained with the militia until he joined active service in 1940. Pictures from this time show a handsome, fresh-faced recruit showing off his uniform in front of the family homestead in Hampton. While serving overseas in 1943, Mike was selected to attend Sandhurst Military College, a very distinguished opportunity for a farm boy from New Brunswick. One of a very few Canadians afforded this honor, he attained top marks and became a commissioned officer. During his time overseas, Mike had the great fortune to meet the love of his life, Patricia Hill. He and Pat were married in 1943, but soon after, while serving in Italy, Mike was injured for the second time and was sent home to Canada. Caught up in the exodus at the end of the war, Pat and first-born Cheryl were delayed in joining him in Canada where the young family set up housekeeping in the Moncton Area. It was after the war that Mike went to work at the VLA, and where he established some of his best and longest standing friendships with fellow veterans - relationships he enjoyed until the end. In 1949 Mike made the decision to join Lounsbury Company Limited. Starting as a department head, Mike held increasingly responsible positions until his retirement as Vice President in 1983. While working for Lounsbury's, Mike moved his young family to Campbellton, where he spent a dozen or so years perfecting his golf game and curling skills. Despite a busy work and family life, Mike had a strong commitment to volunteerism and served the Campbellton community well over the years as; President of the Curling Club, Rotary Club, Chairman of the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Board, President of Red Cross, active member of the Restigouche Golf Club and serving on the Church Vestry at Christ Anglican Church. Returning to Riverview in 1974, Mike continued to work for the community through the Rotary Club and was recognized for his contributions in 1985, when he was made a Paul Harris Fellow. Many of Mike's fondest memories were rooted in his military career and time in the militia in the post war years. He was greatly honored when his regiment, the 8th Hussars - Princess Louise's requested that he serve as their Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment. Serving from 1995 - 2000, he took great pleasure in the opportunity to meet and spent time with young men serving their country. In his later years, Mike enjoyed good health and continued to be a fixture at the Moncton Golf and Country Club where he enjoyed a round with his old friends and grandsons. Perhaps Mike's greatest legacy is his close family who over the years continued to come home for holidays and special occasions, affording he and Pat the opportunity to enjoy time with their Grandchildren and more recently Great Grandchildren Benjamin, Abigail and Adam. A principled and hardworking man who greatly valued his family and friends, Mike will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia, Daughters; Cheryl Wetmore (Clyde), Mississauga, ON, their children Jonathan (Liz), Jennifer (Jason), Pam Reid (Jock English), Halifax, NS, Heather Hawkes (Michael), Halifax, NS their children Sean and Carly, Son Robert, Riverview, his sons Alex and Ryan. Mike was predeceased by daughter Thelma Gail and sister Marguerite. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd. Moncton (858-1995), Thursday, January 29, 2004, 2-4, 7-9. Riverview Vets Association will hold a memorial service Thursday evening at 6:45. Funeral service will be held at St John The Baptist Anglican Church, Friday at 2:00 pm. Reception following the service. Interment in Pinehill Cemetery, Salisbury. In Mike's memory donations to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Building Fund or memorial of donor's choice would be appreciated. www.fergusonknowlesfh.com

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