Clyde Allen Reid

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Clyde Reid will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all Rotarians for his long time dedication to Selkirk Rotary, his fellowship, good humor, music and organist talents and for all his good works on behalf of Rotary for our community .


It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Clyde Reid of Selkirk, MB, aged 69 years, beloved husband of Mickey Reid, at the Selkirk General Hospital on Friday, September 14, 2001, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Clyde will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mickey, his son Garth, daughter Ellen, granddaughter Carley Lepine, by Marsha and Colton Lepine, and his many dear friends and relatives. Clyde was born in Selkirk on February 7, 1932 to Percy and Dorothy Reid. His residence, built by his grandfather, the Rev. C. Teeter, has been the home of five generations of the same family. He and Mickey were married in Selkirk in 1957 and recently celebrated 44 years together. Clyde taught Math and Science in Selkirk, St. Andrews and Lockport junior high schools for 27 years. He was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1969, and watched for eclipses, grazes and occultations with his telescope. Before teaching, he worked at Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Clyde served as organist of Selkirk United Church for 45 years, beginning in 1954, and played for most church services at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre for 47 years. He played at weddings and funerals, for various choirs and soloists outside of church, and set endurance records for playing for singsongs at parties. He composed his own preludes, postludes and offertories at church, but, sadly, never wrote his music down. He played for monthly services at nursing homes in Selkirk. He was a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the American College of Organists. He was a member of the Selkirk Rotary Club. Clydes hobbies also included taking measurements of the earth using GPS instruments, and solving math puzzles. He loved to have coffee visits with his many friends at the Riverboat Restaurant. His sense of humour was renowned - he had to tell a joke a day, and always had witty quips. Clyde and Mickey loved to spend summers at their cottage at Clearwater Lake near The Pas, MB. He didnt miss one summer from 1958 to 2000. The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. G. Fuchs, Dr. I. Hussain, and to the nursing staff of Selkirk General Hospital for their kindness and compassion. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Selkirk United Church, Tuesday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Barb Janes officiating. A private interment will be held in the family plot at Little Britain Cemetery prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Selkirk United Church Memorial Fund, Box 67, Selkirk, MB R1A 2B1 or to CancerCare Manitoba, 100 Olivia St., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.