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William J. Reid

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WEST HOOSICK, N.Y. -- William J, Reid, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. He resided in West Hoosick with his wife Jody (Booth) Reid.

William was born on Sept. 8, 1943, in Glens Falls, son of Thomas and Lena (Eddy) Reid. He worked in the local carpenter’s union for several years and at the Watervliet Arsenal as a carpenter until retiring in 1996. He enjoyed riding his Harley and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, where he was known as "Papa Smurf.” William also collected many things, including knives, coins, stamps, model airplanes and cars. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Survivors other than his wife, Jody, include two daughters, Lachele Wilder (Chris) and Kathleen Reid, both of West Hoosick; his son, Paul Reid (Charlotte) of Lansingburgh; and sister Pat Reid and brother Thomas Reid, both of Florida. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at 11 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the service at the West Hoosick Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening from 5 to 8. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Hoosick Fire Department, Rensselaer County Hospice or the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 14, 2006
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