Bruce E. Reid, holding the hands of his wife, Joan and children, Wendy and Bob, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre after a brief illness on Friday, July 4, 2008 at the age of 66 years. Bruce will always be known as a beloved husband and father, adoring grandfather, proud brother and respected friend. He is survived by his dearly-loved wife of forty-four years, Joan, daughter Wendy Reid-Everett (Guy), son Robert Reid (Darin), and precious grandchildren, Tayler and Liam Everett. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his sisters (Ruby, Eileen, Barbara and Linda), numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and many dear friends.
A proud Newfoundlander, Bruce was born in Grand Falls and was raised in Corner Brook. Brought up by his mom, Elizabeth Dicks-Reid, he was the little brother to Anita, Ruby, Eileen, and Barbara, and a big brother to Linda. He grew up in a loving household and was taught to live his life with honesty and integrity, and to help those around him in need. Bruce was an accomplished man who had many remarkable achievements. He graduated high school at age 14, and too young to attend university, he worked various places until joining the Canadian military at age 17. His military career spanned thirty-one years starting in 1959, until his retirement in 1990 when he and his wife settled in Calgary. Bruce began his career with the Black Watch Regiment and then later re-mustered to the Pay Corps (Logistics-Finance), where he worked in numerous capacities. Additionally, he worked with the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and completed a Peacekeeping Tour of Duty with the United Nations in Egypt. In 1985, Bruce was honoured with the Order of Military Merit, which recognizes exceptional service by members of the Canadian Forces. After retirement at age 48, Bruce returned to working life as the Housing Officer for CFB Calgary and worked with the Canada Lands Company to assist in the closure and transition of CFB Calgary. Never one to sit still, after his second retirement, he worked with the Commissionaires and later as a morning shuttle driver for Courtesy Chrysler. Bruce was always an active volunteer, whether coaching his son’s hockey and t-ball teams or his daughter’s softball team; maintaining various positions with his curling clubs, bowling leagues, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the UN Association; or providing income tax services to seniors – the list is endless. Bruce was an avid sportsman, who loved hockey, curling, Canadian football (he argued with his son-in-law regularly about the NFL Fair-Catch Rule), and golf. A proud supporter of his grandkids, he could be found at almost every soccer & hockey game, equestrian event and school performance. For all of his achievements, Bruce will best be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and friends, his big smile and his wry sense of humour (he was a Newfie after all!). Bruce will be greatly missed by everyone who knew this wonderful, loving and honourable man.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Bruce’s life at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 285 (9202 Horton Road S.W.) on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, (403) 521-3433, the United Nations Association in Canada, (613) 232-5751 ext 228 www.unac.org or the Alberta Lung Association, (888) 566–5864. www.ab.lung.ca. Our family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the nurses, doctors and staff of Unit 57 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for the exceptional care, respect, compassion and kindness shown to our Dad and our family. A special thanks to Carol Barwick, our angel here on Earth, for her enduring commitment – you were a great source of strength to our family during this difficult time.
In living memory of Bruce Reid, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences