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James M. Reid

1935 - 2016 James M. Reid, 81, of Estey Street, Brattleboro, passed away on October 11, 2016 at the Applewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Winchester, NH, after bravely battling the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2013. His family was by his side. Jamie, as he was known, was born on July 10, 1935 in New York City, the son of James M. Reid, Sr. and Helen G. Carlisle. He graduated from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY, in 1954, and from Cornell University with a degree in psychology in 1958. He spent most of his childhood in New York, southern Connecticut, and in Vermont, a state he loved. As a youth, he lived for a time on the Ogden farm in Landgrove, VT, and attended the one-room schoolhouse there. He always spoke fondly of working on the farm and getting to drive the tractor when he was only twelve. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1960. Until 1990, all of his working life was spent as a writer of training materials, mainly for banks. He was the author of two texts on writing, "The Handbook of Basic English Skills," and "Better Business Letters." In 1990, he and his wife Pamela moved from New York City and purchased the Jamaica General Store in Jamaica, Vermont, which they owned and operated until 2005. In his retirement, he wrote many letters and columns for the Reformer on topics as diverse as politics, medicine, and animals. He would have very much enjoyed sharing his opinions on the 2016 election. For his leisure activities, keeping active was one of his main occupations. He spent many happy hours working out at the Outer Limits health club in Brattleboro. He was a runner, and in his earlier years, he completed two NYC marathons. He also enjoyed hiking and climbing. Some of the eastern mountains he visited many times were Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks and Mt. Washington in NH. He was also proud of his conquest of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. And tennis was also his passion; he won quite a few local tournaments in Londonderry, VT and had been a member of the Brattleboro Outing Club. For many years, he led an annual canoe expedition of family and friends down the Housatonic River in Connecticut. He also liked both cross country and downhill skiing. He was a voracious reader and could complete the "New York Times" Sunday crossword puzzle in record time. On June 5, 1982, in New York City, he married Pamela Tomkinson, who survives. He also leaves behind two sons, Jesse Reid and his wife Lee, of Allen, Texas, Jonathan Reid of Brattleboro, and two grandsons, Calvin and Jacob Reid, also of Texas. He was predeceased by his son, James "Bo" Reid in 2013, and two older brothers. Other survivors are his brother, Macklin Reid, of Ridgefield , CT, and his sister Anne Reid Kessler, of Westborough, MA, his first wife, Martha, and two nieces and a nephew. His family would like to express their gratitude to the incredibly kind and competent staff at Applewood: administrators, nurses, aides, kitchen staff, physical therapists, and activities directors. Their affection for and patience with Jamie was wonderful. They are special people. Jamie will be remembered for his sense of humor, his laugh, and his strong opinions on many topics. Because he loved animals, donations in his memory to the Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302, would be much appreciated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 15, 2016
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