Our dad, Bill Reid, was a special man who spent his life in service not to an abstract God but to people from all walks of life and from all faiths or none. He loved nature (especially walking at Findhorn) and if “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit”, then he planted many 'seeds' in many hearts throughout his life.
To our dad, a first father's day without you but you are still with us in every moment.
Donated by Alasdair, Kirsty and Ewan Reid
9th June 2016
William (Bill) Reid grew up in Carntyne, Glasgow, where he met and fell and love with his wife Esther with whom he was married for 53 years. Bill and Esther had three children together Alasdair, Kirsty and Ewan and and three loving grand-daughters: Annabel, Ysaline and Magaly. Bill graduated with an MA and BD (Bachelor of Divinity) from Glasgow University. He was ordained into the Ministry on 18 May 1966 and became minister at Hurlford Kirk, near Kilmarnock where he worked from 1966-1973. He then served at St Laurence Church in Forres, Moray, from 1974-92. During his time at St Laurence, he was also the Chaplain at RAF Kinloss and ministered to the Air Training Corps. He left Forres in 1992 for a new post at the Scots Kirk in Paris, France where he was minister until 2005. In 1988, he undertook an exchange with the Rev. George Easley, Pastor of a church in Los Alamos, New Mexico (USA) and he also was invited to preach at Crathie Kirk in September 2003 and to be a guest of the Queen at Balmoral. Bill and Esther returned to live in Forres in 2009. Bill was a keen angler and member of the Forres Angling Association and a member of Forres Golf Club, managing his first hole in one in spring 2015 ! Bill was a committed anti-nuclear and anti-arms trade campaigner and a staunch supporter of Scottish independence throughout his life and gave his all in the 2014 referendum for the Yes campaign.
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