It 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 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.


November 27, 2023
It a little late for sure but i was curious and found M. Reid ! Don was the boss of my father (Normand Roy) when he work at ANCO wiper in the 70s and they kept that friendship to the end my dad died on november 26th 2000 and my dad most of the time got favor at ANCO wiper by Don and the last time i talk to Don in november 2000 he say that my dad has the best salemans he ever had. so from the Roy family wish my condolence.
March 27, 2018
Bill Leet
Rest in peace old friend.
March 25, 2018
John and Linda Christie
It is with great sadness to hear of Donald Reid's passing. I worked with Don from 1971through 1982 as his Executive Secretary at Anco Canada / Champion Spark Plugs. Don was not only a wonderful boss but a great humanitarian. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Reid family.
March 23, 2018
Sherry and Dick MacLean
Sherry and I are saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a remarkable individual in so many ways, a gentleman, and certainly one of the best salesman that I ever knew. Don was my sales manager at DuPont Refinish in the 1960s and 70s, a fair man but he could be tough! None of us will ever forget the frequent sales meetings and particularly the hospitality suite gatherings hosted by Don that always followed. We had so much fun! A real motivator, he instilled in our gang a sense of pride and tradition that was a key factor in our great success. Personally, I can thank Don for introducing me to Manhattans, a happy habit that continues to this day. Our heartfelt condolences to Marilyn, Glenda and Stephen and their families.
March 22, 2018
I enjoyed making Don's acquaintance during his stay at Vermont Square. He enjoyed talking about jazz music and hockey (particularly the Montreal Canadians). My condolences and best wishes to his family.