Tony Edward Reid passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones on July 3, 2022. Tony was born on July 31, 1953 in Daniels, W.VA. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward L. Reid and Margaret Pettry Reid; brother-in- law, Willie Shearin; and sister-in-law, Cynthia Ganley (Johnny).
Tony is survived by a large family who all dearly loved him. In particular, he is survived by his loving and loyal wife of 35 years, Ann Reid; daughters, Emily and Mary Reid; sister, Virginia Ann Shearin; Aunts, Peggy Turner and Lois Reid; sister-in-laws, Cathy Lucas and Suzette Moorman; as well as, a number of very supportive cousins, extended family and devoted friends.
Tony grew up in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake. He graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1971 and from Virginia Tech in 1975, where he majored in Political Science. His first jobs were helping manage political campaigns, both at the state and local level in Hampton Roads. He then moved on to become the manager of several auto auctions.
These facts don’t tell the story of who Tony really was. He was a “people person” who never met a stranger. His warmth and pleasant personality permeated any room he was in. He showed people that he really cared about them and wanted to learn more about them. He could talk at great length about a wide variety of subjects, especially politics. He always tried to make his conversations relevant to the person(s) with whom he was talking. He was a dog lover and had an avid interest in sports.
In addition to being extremely lovable, Tony had a warm, clear speaking voice. He was a calming influence in every situation and was extremely concerned about the welfare of his family and friends. He remained curious about new things and how they worked throughout his life.
Tony was diagnosed with MS about 15 years ago and later he developed lung cancer. He had a strong spirit and the determination to keep going, to continue doing yard work and house repairs, and never surrender. Sadly, his cancer, complicated by his MS, finally got the best of him. However, his mind continued to be sharp and witty until the very end.
A special thanks to his tremendous doctors, nurses, and Medi Hospice for always providing outstanding care and comfort.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family’s home Saturday, July 16th, between 4-8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.