Bill Reid, referred to by many as Cloverdale’s “unofficial mayor”, died on May 28 at the age of 78, after a long battle with cancer.
Bill was Executive Director of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, and worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to promote the town he often referred to as “the Centre of the Universe”.
Bill had a long history of public service and community involvement. From 1973 to 1978 he served as an alderman in the Municipality of Delta. In 1983 he entered provincial politics, winning the old riding of Surrey and serving in the Social Credit government of Bill Bennet. In 1986 he won the new riding of Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, which he held until 1991, serving under Bill Bennet and later Bill Vander Zalm. He was Minister of Tourism from 1986 to 1991, and was a great promoter of B.C. during Expo 86.
After leaving provincial politics, he devoted himself to community service. He became president of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, and later became its Executive Director, a position he held until his death. He genuinely loved Cloverdale and it’s people and worked hard to promote it and make it a great place to live. He was truly “Mr. Cloverdale”.
He was also involved in many other community and service groups. Among other things, he served as vice-president of the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, president of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of the Surrey Spirit of B.C. Committee, a board member of the Surrey Heritage Society, a board member of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association, and a member of the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society. He was also a member of the Rotary and Kinsmen clubs, and the Cloverdale Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
In 2012 Bill was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant service to his community, and in 2013 was named Surrey’s Good Citizen of the Year.
We extend our condolences to his wife Marion and their family.