Finalpic3Atkinson, John Elvin “Reid”

March 20, 1917 – January 16, 2015

97 years, passed away quietly surrounded by his loving family on Friday, January 16, 2015 at his home in Leamington. Beloved husband of Wilda (Bell) for 73 years. Dear father of Carolyn Burn (David), Doug Atkinson (Susan), daughters-in-law Debbie Poole-Lester and Kay Atkinson. Adored grandfather of Jason Atkinson (Kristina), Jeremy Atkinson (Nadja). Proud great grandfather of Amber and Nolia, step-grandfather of Steve (Ellen), Sandy (Barry), Alison (Al), Amanda (Dave), Charlene, and step-great grandfather of Taylor, Max, Danny, Jude, Avery, Brandi and Armando. Special brother-in-law of Evedyne Brown and Jean Bell. Predeceased by brothers Glen, Elbert, Clayton, and sisters Marguerite Hegg, Edith Shearer and Ada Atkinson. Reid will also be greatly missed by his numerous nieces and nephews. Reid farmed in Romney Township until his retirement in 1972 when Wilda and Reid began spending their winters in Florida and summers at Rice Lake, ON. Many hours were spent fishing, building birdhouses, hunting, travelling and visiting with family and friends. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Funeral Service to celebrate Reid’s life will be held at the funeral home on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. Bill Atkinson and Jim Poirier officiating. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made by cheque to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance or make a charitable contribution at


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