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Roy Gordon Reid September 24, 1938 - February 8, 2024

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.


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    Randy Wall says

    To Darrin, Eileen, Travis & family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May the many memories of him comfort you at this difficult time.

    Randy Krista & Jesse

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    Gail says

    Suanne, we are so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. Sincere condolences to you, Laura, Erica and your entire family from me, Paul, Liam and Grace.

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      Grace & Harold Noel says

      The Reid Family ~ So sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. We worked with him many years at CNA & thoroughly enjoyed every moment in his presence. We have so many many wonderful & joyful memories which we will treasure. Whenever we met him, he would always welcome us with that beautiful smile and a warm hello. He thoroughly enjoyed life & contributed so much. He will be missed! Cherish the wonderful memories. Our sincerest condolences ~ Hugs 💕

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    Verna & Elsie Duffitt says

    Mom and I send our deepest condolences and love to Nina, the entire Reid family and extended family. So many cherished memories of such a lovely gentleman.

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    Muriel Green says

    Heartfelt condolences to Nina and all of the Reid family.Hold the memories close …

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    Sandra & Roy Fisher says

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Sincere condolences to Nina, and families.

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    Dawn Robson says

    You only had to meet your Dad once to be impacted by his kindness, Love and Knowledge. I mourn him yet only met him last summer–I cannot imagine what you all are going through. You Obit was a beautiful tribute to your beloved father. My deepest sympathies to you all. Sending Love, Hugs and Prayers

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      Glenn F Ploughman says

      So sorry to hear that our good friend and a staunch 50+ Club member has passed away. Roy was a true gentleman in all his activities and is fondly remembered.

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    Ern and Kay Warren says

    Kay and I are so saddened to hear of Roy’s passing. We worked together for many years at the Clarenville Trade School, from where we have many fond memories of staff events. Roy was always pleasant, and always the joker. That tall lanky frame could be seen coming over the heads of everyone else in the corridors. He and I also hunted together on several occasions. I am afraid to relate some of the stories that I could, but the picture in my mind of him and I together on a 250 cc quad trying to make our way down a brook, trying to reach the hunting area where our moose license had to be used, will stick with me forever. Godspeed, Roy.
    Kay and Ern Warren

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    Maisie and Willis Caines says

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was a wonderful, kind gentleman. Sincere condolences to his family.

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    Boyd & Marilyn Jones says

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing.. A very kind and helpful Man in many ways . We send our Deepest Sympathy to Nina and all her family and all the Reid families. He was sure helpful at Shoal Hr. United Church. May he rest in Peace.

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    Faye Andrews says

    Couldn’t have been a better husband, father, grandfather and teacher along with his many talents of humor, faith, friendliness and athletics.

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    Debbie & Guy Furlong says

    Our thoughts and prayers for those who mourn.May the strength of the Lord hold you up in the days ahead.
    He created such a beautiful family whom I went to school with and knew and Guy worked with.

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    Bruce & Sherry Pike says

    Sending our Condolences to all the family.

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    Wayne/Philo King says

    Our Condolences to the Reid family and friends, such a big part of our community and lives

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      Steve and Brenda Quinton says

      To the Reid Family, so very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was such a pleasant man, and we have so many wonderful memories of having worked with him at the College in Clarenville. We remember his infectious smile that would brighten up any room. We know he will be dearly missed. Sending our love and caring thoughts as you honour a treasured ife.

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      Greg says

      Thank you so much Wayne & Philo.


      Greg & Mary R.

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    Madonna Mills and Gary Wiseman says

    We’re so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was a wonderful man, and he and Nina have been such good friends to our family, especially to my mom. He will be missed. Our whole family sends our condolences.

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      Adriene Dalton says

      Although Roy was a huge part of my life for the past twenty years and I’m also so sadden to have lost him. I haven’t had a chance to send my condolences to his children, grand children and the whole Reid family. Just so you all know , my heart is with you all and please take so much comfort in knowing he was proud of everyone of you .. and he made sure everyone knew that. He lived a wonderful life, with his knowledge, humour , love and compassion.. He made my Nan the happiest and they lived a wonderful, adventurous life together . Thinking about everyone , with love 💕

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    Pam & David says

    Darrin, Eileen, Travis, Entire Reid Family, Nina & Family,
    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Our most sincere condolences. Hold in your hearts the many wonderful memories of him and cherish them always. Thinking of you all with lots of love & hugs ♥️♥️

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    Rev. Gneid Lackey says

    Roy was an amazing person and he will continue to be an amazing soul. As you celebrate his life and mourn that loss, know you’re in the prayers of so many – myself included. Remember those praying hands lifting you up when you feel down and don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends/loved ones for support.

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    Sherry Russell says

    Nina and the family, please accept our sincere condolences on Roy’s passing after a life well lived. He was a credit to his family, community and the field of education. Frazer and Sherry Russell

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    Marion & Elim Stanley says

    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Roy will be missed by many who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

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    Austin & Frances Rowsell says

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing, our sincere condolences to the family

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    Kimberly Barnes Douma says

    Nina and all the family, sincere condolences at this difficult time!!

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    Trisha Dalton says

    My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I have fond memories of spending time in the family’s home and hearing stories from Roy throughout my childhood.

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    Barb and Ed Genge says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Roy was an amazing man and he will be missed by all those who knew him. RIP Roy. 💐🙏

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    Roy and Dianne Bonnell says

    Our condolences to the family.

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    Denise Martin says

    Nina and Family, My sincere sympathy to you all on the passing of Roy. He was a wonderful man, and a friend for many years. I always enjoyed seeing him and chatting. He gave freely of his time and talents. He will be forever remembered. Thinking of you now. With love, Denise

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    Roy Carpenter says

    I am so sorry to hear about Roy’s passing he was always a very good friend to me when we would run into each other when out and about we would always have a lengthy chat with each other one thing i can say he was a very good respectable man i have never heard him say a bad word about anyone i did attend a book keeping course many years ago at the vocational school and I have been a friend with him for many years i remember coaching one of his boys in minor hockey my condolences to all the family and to Nina i am very sorry you were such a wonderful couple my deepest Regards Roy Carpenter

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    Heather Singleton says

    Nina and family, Our sincere sympathy to you on Roy’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Heather and Len Singleton

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    Sandra Luksys says

    Dear Heather and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I’m wishing you wonderful memories to comfort you during this hard time.

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    Winnie(Batten) and. Hal Stanley says

    To Nina and the Reid family. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Roy was my grade X1 teacher in Terra Nova. In later years, whenever we met, we always enjoyed sharing our memories of those days. He was very proud of his teaching profession. Roy was such a kind and gentle person, an example for all of us. Our deepest sympathy.

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    Sheila Dewling says

    So Sorry To Hear Nina Condolances to You and all the Family ….Sheila

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    Sheila Clench Strong says

    Roy Lived on the same street as I did, and we spoke to each other meny times,beautiful person. He well be missed very much.

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    Sherri Green says

    So sorry Suanne to hear the sad news about your father’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

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    Pamela O'Rourke says

    Suanne, I just heard from Sherri about your dad. I am soo sorry for your loss! My condolances to you and your family. ♥️ Pamela

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    Adrienne and Paul Goodman says

    Sincere condolences to Nina and the Reid family. Roy was a wonderful man who always greeted you with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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    Tanya Blackmore says

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Reid’s passing. He was a frequent patron of the library during my time as librarian and we had many many chats over the desk. Always a story to tell or laugh to be shared.

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    Winston Brown says

    To the Reid family and to Nina and the Dalton family, my condolences on your loss. A devoted family man, he would fill me in on where everyone was and how they were doing, a very proud dad. He was a very quiet speaking man but there was always that air of ”the teacher” when he spoke. You just knew he was good at what he did. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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    Margaret Moores says

    Nina so sad to hear of Roy’s passing deepest sympathy to you and your families so nice to have met you and Roy.Thinking of you and god bless .May dear Roy rest in peace.
    Marg & Henry

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    Bob MacGillivary says

    I have fond memories of working with Roy in the 1970’s at the vocational school. He was always cheerful, willing to help and shared lovely stories about his young family.
    Sincere condolences to the family.
    Bob and Marilyn

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    Pat & Larry Critch says

    Larry & I were sad to hear of Roy’s passing. Over the years we’ve enjoyed many interesting chats with Roy and often found ourselves sharing the dance floor with him and Nina. To his family, we send our sincere condolences.

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    Theresa King says

    Sincere condolences to the entire Reid family. He and his family lived near our family in Shoal Harbour. He was such a kind gentleman. Thinking of you all.

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