It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sherwood Guyler Reid on March 7, 2016. Sherwood is predeceased by his parents, Roderick and Jeannie Reid. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Jean Reid, of 65 years and his three children, Norman (Barbara) Reid, Ida Mohler and Barbara Mahon (Erich Streckenbach) and his 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, one sister, Maggie (Ralph) Eslinger and brother-in-law, Neal Martin, cousins and many, many nieces and nephews.
Sherwood was born in Modesto California on October 20, 1930 and graduated from Shasta High in Redding, California in 1948. Sherwood married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Jean Martin in 1950 at the family ranch homestead in Palo Cedro, California. Then in 1952 his son, Norm was born, followed by his two daughters, Ida in 1954 and Barbara in 1955. For the first years of marriage Sherwood and Jean owned and operated a dairy in California.
In 1964 Sherwood, Jean and the children visited his parents at the YS Ranch, outside of 150 Mile House. After that visit it was decided by a family vote to move to British Columbia. In 1966 the family relocated to the Williams Lake area.
During his working years in Canada he drove propane truck for Rock Gas/Canadian Propane. While driving truck he acquired his Industrial First Aid Certificate and took positions at West Fraser Mills, Pine Valley Contracting, Gibraltar Mines, Vedan Services, Pinette and Therrien Mills as a first aid attendant, security and fire protection. In conjunction to those years he also was a volunteer fireman with the Williams Lake Fire Department for seven years and received commendation in the line of duty.
For a brief period of time in the early 70’s Sherwood and Jean went into business with his parents to operate Northern Machinery. The family moved to Quesnel for a couple of years where Sherwood managed sales.
Sherwood was community minded, in his early years he was involved in minor league baseball as a coach and umpire for a number of years. Then in the last twenty plus years he and his wife were involved with Meals on Wheels, group bible studies with various church groups at Cariboo Lodge, Deni House and Seniors’ Village.
Both Sherwood and Jean were avid outdoors fishermen. They had purchased ten acres on Quesnel Lake in 1980 and built a cabin where they spent many days together with friends and family enjoying the outdoors. If not outdoors, Sherwood enjoyed games and was quite competitive as anyone that knew him would attest too. It was a must for his children and grandchildren, fondly referred to as “grandfire” and the “gentle giant” to participate in games.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister, brothers-in-law and friends. Words cannot express the sadness this family feels but feel he is in a better place, at peace with our Lord.
Prayer for all believers, John 17, 20-24
Celebration of life to take place at 1:00 pm on March 19, 2016 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 377 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake.
Those wishing to honor Sherwood’s memory may do so by donations to a charity of their choice.