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Edward Reid Westland

May 21, 1946 - December 14, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reid Westland after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Reid was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Everett and Louise Westland, now deceased. He is survived by Claudia, his wife of 48 years, daughters Kristin (Warren) and Karin (Ryan), grandchildren Wren and River (Little “Elve”) and son Evan. Reid also leaves behind his brother Keith (Jeannie and son Erik), sister Joyce (Tom and son Raymond), cousin Deano (Kris) and many friends and extended family.

The phone rang off the hook for Reid who always had time for a friend, was loyal to a fault and could be counted on when the going got rough.

Reid had an insatiable intellect and was a great reader and seeker of knowledge. He loved lively, stimulating conversations about issues that mattered. He was also well-known for his stories and sense of humour and was often the most outrageous character in the room and made a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Over the years Reid taught science, published poetry, conducted amphibian research, practiced fish taxidermy and was employed as a youth services worker. Gardening was an interest he cultivated after retiring to Powell River in 2011. He was an avid Muskie fisherman and enjoyed outdoor adventures, walks in the woods, history and discovery, big band and old-time music, poetry, playing with his puppy Arne and, above all, family times.
Although the family cabin in Ontario will always be “sacred ground” and Reid missed his Kenora friends dearly, he would tell you the move to Powell River was one of the best things he ever did. He loved the climate and geography, living near Kristin, Karin and his grandchildren, and especially enjoyed his affiliation with the Powell River Sierra Club.
After researching his family history, Reid had hoped to travel one more time to Norway and Sweden where, in recent years, he established contact with relatives and located the family farms. In 2012, he travelled there with Claudia, and in 2014, he travelled with Kristin and was thrilled that family in Sweden had arranged a large reunion with relatives previously separated for over three generations.

Reid was an energetic, intelligent, complex man who lived on many philosophical levels and could make a connection with anyone. At the same time, he marveled at his good fortune in having “the sweetest and most remarkable daughters in the world” and a wife who loved him. Reid was the life of our party and we will miss him every day.

Thanks to all who have supported our family during this difficult time: Dr. Burns, Dr. Hoffert and nurse Janet, Powell River Community Health Nurses and Personal Care Workers, BC Cancer Agency, Angel Flight of BC, Karin and her wonderful staff at Strive Living, family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held in the new year. In lieu of flowers, please donate to BC SPCA or your favorite charity.

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