ObituaryIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald James Reid, husband of Marilyn Margaret Reid, at the age of 90. On a wintery night, without a doctor and in the middle of the country, Don was born in Brownsberg, Quebec on January 20th, 1928. He was the only child of Margaret and James Reid. At a young age he proved to be a very talented musician and started his own jazz and dance band. He was known in the Big Band circuit in Lachute and Montreal during the 50's and 60's. It was while the band was preforming in Lachute that he met his future wife Marilyn. The two were married in October 1954 and had two children. Stephen and Glenda. Don worked for over 40 years in sales and executive positions in the paint and automotive industries, which took the family back and forth from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. They finally settled in Toronto in 1968. He traveled internationally clocking over 100,000 miles a year. When Don retired he became a consultant for the Business Development Bank where he shared his vast sale and marketing expertise in the Canadian and US markets, with small business entrepreneurs. Don became a Mason at the age of 21 and worked his way through the order to become a Shriner then a Jester and was one of Canada's oldest members. Don passed away peacefully at Toronto Western Hospital on March 19, 2018. Left behind to mourn his passing are his wife Marilyn, son Stephen (Joanne), daughter Glenda, and grandchildren Alexander, Natalie, Nicholas, and Mitchell. A private family burial will take place in Lachute, Quebec. Condolences, memories or photos may be forwarded through Cardinal Funeral Homes at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com/obituaries. If friends wish, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or The Alzheimer Society of Canada, in lieu of flowers. The Reid family would like to thank the caregivers at Vermont Square for lovingly caring for Don in his last years.
Private family burial in Lachute, Quebec.