REID, William Earl. Aug 13, 1924 – May 28, 2013. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Reid. After a heroic battle with cancer Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Bill will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Marion, his children Cathy (George), Laurie (Rob), Sheila (Dirk) and Gail (Bill), and his grandchildren: Chris, Stephanie, Zack, Tanis and Katie. He also leaves behind his beloved brother Jim (Pat) and many nieces, nephews and cousins, along with their families. Bill was pre-deceased by both of his parents and his dear sister, Mazel. Bill will be remembered for his lifelong contribution to public service, having served as National President, Kinsmen of Canada, Alderman on Delta City Council, Surrey MLA, Minister of Tourism and Provincial Secretary for the Province of British Columbia, and Executive Director of both the White Rock and Cloverdale Chambers of Commerce. In addition, he was actively involved and responsible for numerous community initiatives throughout Surrey and the region.
Recently, Bill was honoured with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community service, and voted 2013 Surrey Citizen of the Year. Bill leaves a legacy of public service, a passion for making his community a better place, a smile for anyone who wanted to become involved, and the unending support of his family. The legacy Bill leaves also includes his eternal optimism, his “keep-the-faith” attitude, and his genuine belief that nothing is impossible. He will be forever missed. Bill’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Buzcowski and his team and staff, Dr. Parmar and staff at the Integrated Health Centre, and Dr. Lim and staff at the BC Cancer Agency. The family would also like to send special thanks to every one of the nurses on Tower 8 of the Pattison Pavilion at VGH who cared for and treated Bill. Their compassion and dedication are much appreciated and Bill’s family will be forever grateful. A celebration of Bill’s remarkable life will be held at 12:00 PM, Saturday, June 15th,
Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176 Street, Surrey. In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family ask that donations be made to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation (www.child.ca) and the Launching Pad Recovery Society