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REID, Gordon Wesley

August 6, 1921 – September 30, 2011

Gordon Wesley Reid passed away peacefully at the Bethany Care Centre at the age of 90 years, on Friday September 30, 2011.

Gordon was born on the family homestead near Dafoe, Saskatchewan, the youngest of eleven children, born to John & Mary Reid. Gordon farmed, trapped and worked out as needed to keep the farm afloat until 1957 when he moved his wife May and three children to Calgary to find work. Gordon’s willingness to work hard was only outdone by his determination to do what was right and be of help to his family, friends, neighbours and even strangers. For him if something was worth doing it was worth doing well regardless of how menial the task may be. His children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren were beneficiaries of his kindness, patience and unconditional love and he was loved dearly in return.

He is survived by his sister Martha Froats (Raymore, SK), his children Joyce (Rick), Dan (Pat), & Darlene; grandchildren Allison (Jesse), Shalena (Doug), Barb (Tim), Blaine, Katrina (James), Krystle (Joe), Dennis (Taylor), & Dale; great grandchildren Elizabeth, Victoria, Danielle, Isabelle, Vanessa, Austin & Abagail and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gordon was predeceased by his wife May of fifty years, in 2004, his daughter Ruth in 1980 at the age of twenty-three, and nine brothers and sisters.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Randall Sargent, and the staff of Rainbow Terrace at Bethany Care Centre, for the care and kindnesses shown to Gordon and our family over the past few years. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bethany Care Foundation, #1001 – 17th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2E5 Telephone: (403) 210-4600, email: or to the Bethel Baptist Church (3325 – 49th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 6M6).

In living memory of Gordon Reid, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Joyce, Danny, Darlene and family, I am sorry to hear about Uncle Gordon. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. No doubt he is happy to be with Aunty May again.
    Love and hugs
    Rena, Mark, Joslyn, Joshua, Megan, and Ethan Kientz

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  2. Bob and Brenda Lebrun :

    Joyce, Danny and Darlene, we were very sorry to hear of Uncle Gordon’s passing. We are sorry that we are not able to be there in person, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can do anything, please do not hesitate to let us know.
    Love and Hugs
    Bob and Brenda

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  3. I am so sorry Joyce & family. Please just remember all the nice things & all the good memories. Love to you all. Aunty Kay

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  4. I am so sorry I cannot attend Uncle Gordon’s funeral. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to you all at this time. I have fond memories of Uncle Gordon while growing up. I hope you find comfort in knowing his suffering is over. Words are never enough. Hugs to you all.

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  5. Robert and Barbara McGillivray :

    Oct. 6, 2011

    Dear Reid Family,

    We would like to express our sincere condolences, and special memories of your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
    His characteristics of honesty, determination, and hard work, and following the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, deserve respect and remembrance by us all, in our daily lives, and also in this troubled world where the daily news is full of frightening stories.
    Gordon’s life is an inspiration for us all to “just keep on keeping on”. No matter what the obstacles. He will be missed and remembered by us and our family, and used as an example of a successful productive life who left good behind him, and a shining example for all of us. he is a true life example of a quiet hero, quietly making the world a better place by his example.

    Also, we were very saddened to hear of the passing of your very special mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, May, in 2004. We didn’t know. So now we are doubly saddened. We thought she was very special. The “salt of the earth. We talked as mothers, although I was a little younger. She loved you all dearly, and the first grandchildren were more to love, and a special joy.
    At our age, early seventies, life passes so quickly, and lives turn into precious memories, and a few tears.

    Robert and Barbara McGillivray, and Families.

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  6. Dear Joyce and Rick,
    Joyce, I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know you must be feeling sorrow and deep loss at this moment in time, but you must know you were the most awesome daughter a father could have. Even though we don’t see each other too often these days, I know what a caring person you are and how much you did to help take care of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will find strength in your relationships. I hope to talk to you soon, and see both of you in the near future. Take good care of yourself, know you are loved.
    Lori, Anthony, Jack, and Kyle

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