It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary James Reid at the age of 68.
Gary passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont., with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gary was born Dece. 6, 1942 in Emo to the late Jack and Ethel Reid. He was a big brother to Janice, whom he lovingly tormented as a child and cherished their close relationship as adults.
Gary grew up in Emo before moving to Atikokan, Ont. at the age of 17, where he began working at Atikokan Forest Products as a labourer, eventually working his way up to a mechanic supervisor.
He retired from Atikokan Forest Products in 2004 after 40 years. After retirement, Gary moved back to Emo as he always considered Emo to be home.
Gary was never one to sit still so he decided to return to work, acquiring employment as a welder for John Gavel and later working for the Township of Emo. Gary greatly enjoyed every moment he spent working at the Emo Arena as he watched young hockey players develop their skills and socialized with the public.
In his younger years, Gary enjoyed building and racing stock cars, and supporting his son’s hockey. More recently, he enjoyed feeding and watching the many deer in his backyard, being part of the annual fall corn roast at his home, weekly family dinners, watching his granddaughter’s swimming lessons, as well as spending time with friends and family, especially Papa’s Sweetheart, Ella.
Gary leaves behind his wife, Evelyn, his son, Jason Reid and his wife, Chantel, of Emo, Ont., and their daughter, Ella; and stepchildren, Wendy, Allan, Gary, and John
Also surviving are his sister, Janice and her husband, David Lee, of Emo, Ont.; and nieces, Andrea (Jason Smith) and Kristin Lee.
Gary was predeceased by his father, Jack Reid (1976), and mother, Ethel Reid (2006); as well as his special K-9 friend, Cody.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, with Pastor Eileen Bragg officiating.
Interment will take place at the Emo Cemetery.
The honorary pallbearers were Leon Swire, Brent Hyatt, Gary Wilson, Jack Siemens, Mel Jack, Harold McQuaker, and Bob Dimit.
If so desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Health Centre, P.O. Box 390, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0 or Tamarack House, 984 Oliver Rd., Ste 501, Thunder
Bay, Ont., P7B 7C7.
You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he’s gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.