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John Cameron Reid

December 29, 1935 - July 18, 2019

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The Reid family announces with sorrow the passing of Cameron Reid; we have lost the loving, kind and selfless man who was our foundation, yet remember with great pride the life he lived – his tireless service to the United Church of Canada and the joy and compassion with which he served the congregations and communities to which he Ministered.

Born in Rabbit Lake, SK to Russell Woodburn Reid and Mary Marjorie (Taylor), he received a Bachelor of Education from UBC in 1961, staying to earn a Bachelor of Divinity from Union College (now the Vancouver School of Theology) in 1964. He was Ordained upon graduation and began his life’s work in the northern Manitoba town of Norway House. It is there that he met and married Theresa, who would remain faithfully at his side for the next 58 years. In 1970, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology from the University of Winnipeg while serving the communities of Bissett MB, Fort Frances ON, and Nestor Falls-Sioux Narrows ON. Cameron went on to serve congregations in Bonnyville AB, Vancouver BC, Peterborough ON, and Trail BC, before settling at last in Powell River BC, where he retired in 2000. Although he Ministered to all these many people and communities, his true congregation was the entire world, as he would unhesitatingly offer succour to anyone in need. This openness and graciousness of spirit led him to represent the UCC at Inter-faith Conferences during his long career. He was always committed to the Powell River General Hospital, including serving as its Hospice Chaplain, was President of the Powell River Ministerial Association, and led services at Remembrance Day events wherever he went. He also regularly served as the Clergy Representative on congregational Search Committees in many of his communities, and was the UCC Clergy Representative for the Powell River, Comox and Nanaimo Presbytery when he retired.

Even after stepping down, Cameron never ceased to aid those around him, continuing to perform wedding and funeral services and constantly making visits to the Powell River Hospital to Minister to patients and families. He was instrumental in establishing the Powell River Hospice Society, and continued to make visits to hospice patients until his own health started to falter. But his devotion to Powell River extended well beyond his Ministry; he was involved in the Spirit of BC Committee for Powell River leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, served as Chaplain of the Royal Canadian Legion, and MC’d for Kathaumixw on several occasions, among countless other community activities. He had a great love of theater, having studied drama in his University days, and he performed in plays for the Donwood Players in Peterborough and Theater Now! in Powell River, winning many accolades.

Cameron was an avid sportsman too, playing hockey, golf, and later bocce and lawn bowling, but his first love was curling, which he played and coached for most of his life. He was one of the organizing founders of the annual Friar’s Brier, and his exploits in winning that tournament in 1984 were among his fondest sporting memories. He took particular pride in coaching BC’s Special Olympics curling team from 2007-2016, and his work with the Spirit of BC Committee won him a treasured opportunity to serve as a Press Tribune Supervisor for curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Cameron was a man of great curiosity and appetite for travel and exploration, and took many fine photos of his adventures. But most of all he loved meeting new people, learning about them, laughing with them, and sharing with them his boundless zest for life.

He is survived by Theresa, his loving wife, his sister Patricia, and his children Sharlene, Lori Craft (Warren) and David. He will especially be missed by his faithful companion Charlie the Puggle.

Lastly, the family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the many doctors, nurses and home care workers who assisted Cameron throughout these past six months. You are all credits to the medical profession, with stalwart and compassionate hearts, like his own.

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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Rev. Maxine Pirie
Relation: Colleague and friend

Theresa and Sharlene, please accept my deepest condolences. Cameron was a good man and was very supportive of my time in Powell River. Much love Maxine

From: Connie Motz
Relation: Family friend

Deepest condolences to the Reid family, my heart breaks for your loss.

From: IAN MCKENZIE
Relation: Friend

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us,Cameron lives on in the kindness he has shared and the love he brought into our lives.Life is the greatest gift that God has given us.Death in only a bridge towards eternal life with God.Certainly heaven is rejoicing ,for Cameron has reached his true home, Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences. Ian McKenzie and Del Mansell

From: Cheryl Whitnell
Relation: Friend of Daughter - Lori.

Lori, Warren and Family, I hope you feel surrounded by love during this very sad time. Sharing in your sadness as you remember your Dad. Love, Cheryl and Rich

From: Jim/Linda Bessant
Relation: Friend from Powell river curling club.

Deepest condolences to the Reid family

From: Mark Hawrysh
Relation: Our family lived next door to the Reid family in Bissett, Manitoba.

Deepest condolences to the Reid family.

From: Elaine Teichgraber
Relation: Through the United Church, knew his daughter and met his wife several times.

I’m so sorry to hear of Cameron’s passing. He was such a caring man, a genuine person with a heart of gold. My deepest condolences to his family.

From: Dr. Dave Demchuk
Relation: Friend of my mother

we So appreciated Cameron’s pastoral care at both the passing of my Dad and later, my Mom. It was especially meaningful during my dad’s pass for my mom to reconnect with Cameron, as the attended school together in Saskatchewan, where I believe his father was her family’s pastor. May God’s peace sustain you in this season of loss.

From: Isabelle Southcott
Relation: Friend

Dear Theresa and Sharlene, I was so sorry to learn that Cameron has passed away. A truly wonderful man who contributed so much to this community. I have so many special memories of Cameron, especially during the time when my children were young and we were at the United Church. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
July 27, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Powell River United Church
6932 Croften Street
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 5H4

6932 Croften Street
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 5H4

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour his life and work are invited to make donations in his name to a charity. The Powell River Hospice Society (https://prhospice.org/become-involved/make-a-donation/) and the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (https://www.canuckplace.org/donate/) in particular are causes that were very dear to his heart.

 

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