William Lewis Reid

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WILLIAM LEWIS REID retired British importer, and long time resident died at 96. Known as, "Bill," he was a resident of New Canaan since 1952, died Tuesday, March 29th, at Norwalk Hospital. Born December 5th, 1914 in Winston Salem, N.C., he was the middle child of three sons of William Lewis Reid, Sr. and Rillie Garrison Reid. Mr. Reid graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1936. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1938. In October of 1941, he married Margaret Elizabeth Parry in Grace Church, New York. The following year, Mr. Reid was commissioned into the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant commander in the Pacific during World War II. He left the Navy as a commander and began his business career in New York City in the 1940s, which spanned five decades from Manufacturers Hanover Trust to Henderson & Austin to the clothing business. Mr. Reid, a man of independence and entrepreneurial spirit, worked closely with his comrades in the British Isles, where Driway Weather Coats began its long and prosperous life with The William Reid Company. He counted as his loyal customers such industry icons as J. Press, Paul Stuart, and Brooks Brothers to name a few. Active in the community here, Mr. Reid was a devoted member of St. Mark's Church where he served on the vestry and was one of the founding fathers behind the now famous, St. Mark's Strawberry Festival & Fair. At that time, the church was located in the old building on God's Acre. He served on the board of the Visiting Nurse Association for several years. He was an active member of The New Canaan Senior Men's Club and Woodway Country Club of Darien. Mr. Reid was renowned for his woodworking skills, creating unique pieces of furniture cherished by friends and family; his largest project was a traditional, two-story barn which graces his property on Jelliff Mill Road. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Smith Reid of Greenwich: two daughters and their husbands, Betsy Reid Creedon and Gaylord Creedon of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and Margaret Reid Ogden and Dayton Ogden, Jr. of New Canaan; four grandchildren, Dayton Reid Ogden, and his wife, Laura of New Canaan, Margaret Ogden Hughes and her husband, Iwan of New Canaan, Catherine Parry Creedon of Brooklyn, NY and Reid Miller Creedon and his wife, Sarah of Washington, D.C.: four great-grandchildren, Eirlys Margaret Hughes, Dayton Palmer Ogden, William Parry Hughes and Virginia Ann Ogden, all of New Canaan. Mr. Reid was predeceased by his first wife of thirty years, Margaret Parry Reid. He then married Betina Ferris of New Canaan who died shortly thereafter. Family members will remember Mr. Reid as a devoted father and grandfather who was a "larger than life" magnetic character who was always grateful for the many blessings in his life. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road. Contributions in memory of Mr. Reid may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice. For online condolences and directions please visit www.hoytfuneralhome.com.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Mar. 31, 2011
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