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December 19, 2020

Robert “Irving” Reid of London and formerly of Kincardine, died peacefully, with his family by his side, at McCormick Home in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in his 93rd year. Cherished husband of Ruth Jackson. Loving father of Terry (Marlene) and Kevin (Sandra), all of Kincardine. Dearly missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Nick, Nicole and Cullen Reid; Troy, Laura, Elena and Henry Reid; Victoria, Ian, Abigail and Madison Wallace and Michael, Ashley, Cooper and Ella Reid. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Irving was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Kincardine Township, son of Robert and Ella (Shipley) Reid. He had many careers over the years, including fuel delivery for C.E. MacTavish and promoted to driving the bulk tanker truck; insurance agent for Prudential Insurance; and later employed by Ontario Hydro from which he retired in 1993. Irving married Vyetta Phillips in 1949 in Whitechurch. They were the proud parents of two boys, Terry and Kevin. Over the years, Vy and Irving took up residence in Lucknow, Wingham and Kincardine. He had an extreme love of camping throughout his years, with the comfort of a few trailers and motor homes. There wasn’t a car he didn’t show an interest in, including Model T’s and his Corvair. He was a natural musician who loved to play the piano, organ, guitar, mouth organ and saxophone which he played by ear. Many Saturday evenings were enjoyed at the St. Augustine Hall, dancing the nights away with Vy. She died in 1993. In 1995, Irving married Margaret Dixon and lived in Kincardine. They thoroughly enjoyed travelling throughout Canada and the United States. He was welcomed into her family by Margaret’s sons, Orville (Gail) and their children, Kim and Kelly; and Don (Gloria) and their son, Darryl. They enjoyed an active 13 years together before she died in 2008. In 2010, Irving married Ruth Jackson and moved to London. They continued his love of camping and her introduction to it. Ruth and Irving spent time going for long drives, eating out, returning to Kincardine for the Saturday Night Pipe Band Parades, and visiting family and friends. Irving was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Norvel, Clarence, John, infant brother James, Marjorie Helm Rouse, Edna Young and Florence Harkness. Visitation will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, beginning at 1 p.m.. A private family service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Due to the provincial COVID-19 restrictions, please register to attend the visitation by calling the Davey Linklater Funeral Home at 519-396-2701 or by using the link once it becomes available. COVID-19 protocols will be in place and all attendees must wear masks. Interment, Kincardine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations be made to the McCormick Home Foundation, London, or the Alzheimer’s Society of London; arrangements entrusted to the funeral home at Special thanks to the staff of McCormick Home for their kind and caring support of Irving.