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REID – Gordon Alexander

December 28, 1936 – February 26, 2011

Gordon Reid passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2011 of renal failure and diabetic complications at the age of 74 years.

Beloved father of Judith McRae (Gordon) of Calgary and Andrew Reid (Erin Blake) of Washington D.C. He is also survived by his sister Margaret Malmberg of Lethbridge (Clare) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Barbara Routledge.

Gord was active in the Calgary advertising agency community for most of his working life in print production management as an employee and owner. Concurrent with his day job was a successful career as a cartoonist. He wrote and drew “Chinook Country” for the Calgary Herald for a number of years, the Opinion Page cartoon and articles for Oilweek Magazine for five years; The Kootenay-fied cartoon panel for the Nelson Daily News for a brief time as well as ads and brochures.

Gord was a participant in the Continuing Education Summer School Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for four years, first as a cartoonist and latterly as a painter. His large acrylic canvasses drew favorable national attention during the nineties and early years of the new century.

For twenty years Gord owned a home in Procter, British Columbia, where he was an integral part of the community, and an active and innovative participant in community affairs.

A memorial service will be held in the Procter Community Hall at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
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In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Book Funding Initiative of the Gordon A. Reid Community Library in Procter (which is registered under the Societies Act) would be appreciated. The Library Fund of the Procter Community Society, Box 5, Procter, British Columbia, V0G 1V0.

In living memory of Gordon Reid, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Lorna and Donald Blake :

    We are so grateful that Erin and Andrew brought Gord into our lives. It was a pleasure to have known him, to have enjoyed his hospitality in Procter, and to have delighted in his off-beat sense of humour. We’ll miss him, and our Christmas phone chats.

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  2. Dear Judith and Andrew and Family and Friends,
    Gordon was a very special person in my life. He was my sunday school teacher, political ally, mentor, and dear friend. We shared so many wonderful experiences and it’s so hard to realize that he’s gone. Gordon was an artistic genius and his legacy will be remembered and shared by so many. Please accept my sincere best wishes. With regret I am out of the country for the service, but Gordon will always be in my heart.

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  3. Gail McLachlan Bordeniuk :

    Judy, Andy and families:

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of Gordon.

    I worked with Gord at Wagner/Reid in the late 1970’s and always had the highest regard for him. Gord always something to say that made me laugh.

    I will be thinking about you.

    Gail (McLachlan) Bordeniuk

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  4. Doreen Orman :

    Judy and family members
    I was so sorry to learn of your father’s death. I remember him from his days at Knox and enjoyed working with him in a number of areas. I always valued his opinions, his wisdom, his advice. He was missed when he left Knox and Calgary.
    My heartfelt sympathy in your loss
    Doreen Orman

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  5. Dorothy Chisholm :

    Dear Judith and Andrew,
    My thoughts are very much with you at the loss of your father. It was my privilege to have become a painting friend of Gordon and will never forget his hearty laugh and sunny disposition. Judith, it is many years since we met at the “Parlour Shows” but please get in touch for lunch and a few tears. The world will be a smaller place without Gordon’s presence.
    Love, Dorothy

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  6. Peter Saunders :

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of Gordon, I had the great pleasure of working with him on a variety of projects and his creativity and humour always made for some great times, he will be sorely missed, Peter.

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  7. George and Tarmi Phillips :

    As friends of Andrew’s we had the pleasure of meeting Gordon on a number of occasions. His good humour, sharp wit and pure friendliness were always in evidence. Our deepest sympathy to all and especially to Andrew and Judith.

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  8. Christine Mitchell :

    It was with great sadness that I read about Gordon and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Gordon was a great inspiration to many of us who shared his love of painting. I met Gordon through an art class and he later became a member of our art group. I loved to watch people view his art, and then laugh out loud at his imaginative titles which gave his pieces a whole new meaning. He will be greatly missed in the art community. With sincere regards, Christine Mitchell

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  9. I don’t know if any of you will read this, since it’s been almost a year now – I just found this page, and I have to say that I am so grateful for your thoughts. I still miss him!

    Dorothy, I’d love to get in touch – my web site is – my e-mail address is available from there.

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