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February 14, 2024

In loving memory ~

Dr. William (Bill) Reid, 73, passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, daughters Sharla (Dave) and Sarah (Peter), sister Heather (Chris), and numerous relatives. Preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Born in Scotland, Bill spent his youth in Lakefield, Ontario, where he met his soulmate Brenda at Trent University. They married in 1974, embarking on a 50-year journey filled with love, respect, and mutual support. Bill had a distinguished career in education, serving as Principal of LV Rogers High School and later as Superintendent of Schools in Nelson. He initiated the International Student program and authored several books, leaving a lasting impact on the education system.

A devoted community member, Bill volunteered for various organizations, including the Kootenay Festival of Arts, Senior Games, Nelson Police Board, Senior Centre, and Nelson Police Foundation. He avidly supported local sports teams and was actively involved with the Rhythm Ropers, the LVR Drag Race team (during its time), and the Nelson Leafs.

Brenda and Bill epitomized a philosophy of unwavering familial support, where each member's goals were championed with shared commitment. He actively participated in the family pursuits, from dance recitals to skipping competitions and Guiding events. He took immense pride in his family, Brenda, Sharla and Sarah, celebrating their accomplishments and supporting them in every endeavor they pursued. He welcomed his sons-in-law with open arms and fostered strong familial bonds through travel, communication, and gatherings.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate doctors, chemo team, and palliative care teams, especially Dr. Goodman, whose dedication eased Bill's journey and brought comfort to the family. They are deeply appreciative of the unwavering support and generosity shown by family, friends, and neighbors during this difficult time, expressing gratitude for the acts of kindness that surrounded them with love and support.

Bill's wide-ranging interests included music, golf, travel, and his beloved Jelly Beans. His celebration of life will take place on National Jelly Bean Day: April 22, 2024, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Nelson, BC. Drop in between 4pm and 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to tree planting in British Columbia or Ontario would honor his memory.

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Service Details

Celebration of Life
Monday, April 22, 2024
4:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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