Passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in the early hours of February 8, 2024, Roy Gordon Reid of Shoal Harbour, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his first wife, Margaret (Ball) Reid, and children Sherrie and Sharron Reid; his sister, Jean Reid Hillier, and brothers Wilmore and Douglas.
Leaving to mourn his wife Nina (Gilbert-Dalton) Reid; his children, Gregory (Mary), Katherine (Roger), Russell, Suanne, Darrin (Eileen), Shawn (Michele), and Heather (Adam). Grandchildren, Joy, Jamie, Jillian (Alex), Matthew, Laura, Erica, Anna, and Travis. Also special nephews and nieces, Glenn (Jean) Hillier, Barry, Linda(Wayne), Karen (Elwood), Keith (Mabel) and Karl (Bernice) and Todd Ball (Heather) and Tammy Ball. Also special cousin, Audrey Arnold and the Dalton family who have been a part of his life for the past twenty years.
Roy’s family left Bonavista to settle in Terra Nova when he was ten years old. Bonavista and Terra Nova were idyllic settings for an active boy who loves the outdoors, where he fished, rowed punts, went ‘copying’ on the pans of ice and picked berries. In Terra Nova, Roy was active in many sports, such as basketball, softball, and badminton and even, as a teacher, went on to coach his own nephews, Glenn and Barry Hillier, to win the all Newfoundland Badminton tournament in 1969. Dad was an avid hunter and moose was a staple at our house growing up and up until a couple of years ago, he was still putting in his own potatoes.
Roy was one of those young Newfoundland teachers who taught in rural areas after their six week stint in summer school in St. John’s. His first posting was in Carmanville, however he worked in many rural areas before settling in Shoal Harbour. Even with a brood of eight children (and nine after Heather arrived) Dad did a Master’s in Literacy from St. Francis Xavier University and taught at Horwood High and then at the Vocational School in Clarenville for the final 20 years of his teaching career. He often ran into former students and usually remembered their name and where he taught them. After retirement, he went on to have his own Adult Education school, then taught for CompuCollege with Darrin and Sharron in the Northern Peninsula and worked until he was 65 in Northern Saskatchewan as a Literacy instructor. After retirement and marriage to Nina, they enjoyed their vacations on and off the island. Roy and Nina were members of the Fifty-Plus clubs in both Clarenville and Hillview and Roy was active in various Boards and Organizations with the Library and the United Church, and volunteered on the CREST bus. We are grateful for the life lessons we learned from our Dad. We will especially miss his clever sense of humour that never failed to brighten our day, through good times and bad. He will be resting at Fewer’s Funeral Home with service to be held at a date later this year.