Obituary of James Robert Reid
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith” – 2 Tim 4:7
James Robert “Bob” Reid, 71, Merigomish, finished his “fight” on earth and was promoted to Heaven to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 3, 2022.
Bob was born two months early on October 16, 1950, a son of the late James Gilbert and Hazel Mary (Cameron) Reid. He lived most of his early years in Plymouth Park. He attended the former East Pictou Rural High School, Sutherlands River and graduated from St. F.X. University, Antigonish with a B.A. in 1972. After accepting the Lord as his Saviour, he pursued Biblical studies, attending Bob Jones University, South Carolina and graduating from Bible Truth Institute, Pennsylvania in 1980.
After graduation, he and Kathy were married on June 21, 1980, and enjoyed nearly 42 years of marriage. They were blessed with the birth of their son, Philip in 1985. Bob dearly loved his son, Philip and daughter-in-law, Carli. He was very proud of their achievements and took every opportunity to tell people about them.
For the past 15 years, Bob faced his many health challenges with strong determination and a willing spirit. He specialised in surprising his doctors by exceeding their expectations.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Kathy (Green) Reid; son, J. Philip (Carli) Reid, Edmonton, Alta.; cousins, Brenda (Len) Goobie, Brian Reid and Brock (Barbara) Reid; mother-in-law, Sylvia Green; sisters-in-law, Charmaine (Tony) Van den Eynden, Sandra (Colin) O’Brien and Sharon (Joe) Stewart; brothers-in-law, H. Richard “Rick” (Sheila) Green and Kevin (Sara) Green; many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother, J. William in infancy; father-in-law, Howard Green; niece, Tanya (Stewart) Rector and cousin, Bruce Reid; several aunts and uncles; maternal and paternal grandparents.
The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 in Bethel Baptist Church, Westville with Pastor Kelvin Balingit officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Merigomish.
The Reid family wish to thank all those involved in Bob’s health care journey throughout the years. Thanks to the Aberdeen Hospital ER, ICU, 4th Floor staff – physicians, nurses, CCA’s, respiratory, physio and dietary techs. To the EHS paramedics, Pictou County VON, Doctors, Paul MacDonald, Marion MacDonald, Sreenivasa Kokkiligadda, Imran Hack and all those who helped in any way.
Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, Pictou County VON or Soul’s Harbour Rescue Mission.