Iain Kemp Reid

30 June, 194314 April, 2021

Iain was born in Glasgow, Scotland. The only child of Muriel & David Reid. He spent most of his early years in Scotstoun, just west of Glasgow, close to his grandparents and favourite aunt Macca, who was a great influence in his life.

After finishing school, Iain went to work as an apprentice for John Brown’s Shipbuilding. He served his apprenticeship as a Naval Architect, as they were known in those days. John Brown’s had built many of the most famous ocean liners such as the Queen Elizabeth and The Royal Yacht Britannia, etc. He stayed with the company until 1967 when he decided to do a bit of travelling round the world.

His first destination was Toronto, Canada, to see friends and family who had emigrated and settled here. He liked it so much he decided to stay. After a few weeks he applied and got a job with a manufacturing company in Cambridge. He stayed in Cambridge for several years, marrying in 1969. During the next few years, he decided to go back to school and went to Waterloo University in the evening to do a degree in Business Studies. Looking to apply his new skills he went to work for Cole Business Furniture in Scarborough, starting as senior draughtsman and climbed the ladder, finishing his career as their President. He settled in Mississauga to be closer to work.

During those years he was divorced, then married his present wife, Marlene. He also became stepdad to two girls, Kirsten & Cara, quite a challenge for him. After retiring he and Marlene moved back to Cambridge where they have lived very happily for nearly twenty years. Iain has always been a great lover of music, mostly from the 60s for obvious reasons, and has quite a collection of unusual and rare Buddy Holly and The Crickets work, among lots of other artists. He was a long-standing member of The Scottish Tramway & Transport Society based in Glasgow and liked nothing better than to go to meetings whenever he was visiting Scotland.

He also loved watching the Turner Classic Movie channel, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeopardy was a nightly must and he also liked watching a lot of the old British series like Poirot etc.

Loved to go out for lunch with old friends and reminisce whenever possible.

Gardening was another favourite pastime, he shared with his wife Marlene, they both loved to potter around and found it both relaxing and enjoyable.

Iain will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors.


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Hugh McAulay

28 April 2021

Iain went to considerable trouble to keep his friends in the Scottish Tramway Society back in Glasgow, Scotland well supplied with a steady stream of newspaper cuttings and articles about Canadian streetcars and Light Rail developments. Many of its members have relatives in Canada and have visited, especially Toronto to see their Subway and Streetcars.
He must have spent quite some time cutting articles out of newspapers then packaging them and posting them to Glasgow. He will always be remembered over here for his kindness and the trouble he went to.

Fiona Barr

23 April 2021

Yesterday I spent most of the time just trying to absorb what has happened: it all seemed so sudden although I'm sure at your end it was ages. To me Iain's death is the end of an era when we grew up together and were quite close cousins, both being only children of brother and sister in Glasgow. Then when he emigrated to Canada we lost touch for a while until his marriage to Jen ended and he visited us in Oxfordshire. At that time he was in a difficult place and uncertain what to do next. Marlene was in the south of England and he had been in touch so we encouraged him to renew acquaintance which he did and they had a happy nearly 30 years together. I had met Marlene when they were both teenagers in Glasgow and I knew Iain had always fond memories of her so it seemed right.
They did visit us quite a few times and had a soft spot for Dunoon and spoke about buying a house here but it was a pipe dream really. Then Iain came over alone when Aunt Muriel died and we talked a lot about old times. He was also great with Aunt Macca when she was ill and loved to talk about the family. I learnt a lot from his family history stories. Isn't it interesting how he spent quite a lot of time recently following up these stories?
It was so good that we all met up when we stayed with you after Boston. Life is so strange and so precious - we have to make the most of it.
Travel just now is impossible and I don't know when things will ever return to what they were but we are with you in spirit and wish we could be with you at this difficult time.

Lots of love,

Fiona xxx

Regina Weidinger

22 April 2021

Iain was a wonderful friend and neighbour he will be missed on Highland Park his tall charming presence will be in our memories.
Iain had a wicked sense of humor, if I asked for a hug he would say "do I have to"? he followed-up by giving you a big hug.
Iain being Scotch and myself Dutch we would have the so called, neighbours across the pond jokes, like who was the biggest miser!
Even though we knew neither of us was one.
The way you designed and beautified the garden at your house was appreciated by us your neighbours.
Don't give the Angels a hard time! Your friend Regina/Reggie

Jean-Pierre Chapados

22 April 2021

My deepest sympathy. I'm loosing a Great Friend as we were since our first conversation.
It was Sunday Aug. 31 st. 1986 for the Buddy Holly Week celebreting the 50th.Anniversary of our mutual idol. We were at the Bar & making acquaintance & after a little while Iain to say ' Jean-Pierre, can I buy you a beer...?' & we enjoyed ourself on each meetings we had of the week thereafter. On the wednesday night, I met a guy who mentioned that he knew Buddy then, & that he had a full cassette tape of Studio alternates & unreleised materials. Finally I got a copy of this tape. I remember Iain the next morning telling him my exitement & mentioning that I sure will make him a copy. Was he happy ??.... But mainly, we developed a true friendship right from this firt meeting.
Another idol of Iain was Sonny Curtis of The Crickets who also had this great song : "I hate to see Me Go". Well Iain.... 'I Hate To See YOU Go... I will never forget your smile, attitude, professionalist, honesty & frienship. As the Buddy Holly song : 'You're The One'. RIP Amigo.
My deepest sympathy to Marlene, Familee & his Many Friends.

David Thomas

22 April 2021

Every get together with Iain was an absolute pleasure. He made sure of that! We loved to debate issues of the day, talk cars and have a good laugh. His wit was unmatched! I miss him already. I wish we could have all joined together to celebrate his good life. Iain, your memory is with us forever. Rest in peace my friend.

mary Jolink

21 April 2021

I am heartbroken over your passing. We would see each other every few months as Marlene and I would go out for lunch. You would time my arrival at your house and after a laugh we would have a little get together. I looked forward to these times and will miss them very much. Love Mary

alan watt

21 April 2021

I first met Iain back in the early 70's,our mutual interest in music from the 50's and 60's bonded our friendship for almost 5 decades.
Besides our Scottish heritage we had so much in common.
Both Iain and I were "paid members" of The Buddy Holly Appreciation Society and his vast knowledge of the singers short career lead to him being consulted by the cast of the musical"Buddy"
I fondly recall the times when he did several interviews on FM Radio
...especially the time when the host asked Iain about the societies summer conventions in Lubbock Texas and the annual tribute shows in Clear Lake,Iowa.He was asked what was different between these events and Iain promptly replied "about 40 degrees celsius" !! Iain had a great sense of humour,one of the many things I liked about my friend.
We also shared a fascination in vintage tramways.
Over the years we attended many shows and concerts,all relating to our hero Buddy Holly. We had frequent luncheon get-togethers but the highlight of our friendship was what Iain called our "AGM"
when he and Marlene would invite my wife Mary and I to join them for one of Marlene's fantastic lunches...after which we'd sit in their beautiful living room and attempt to come up with resolutions to put the world back on the straight and narrow!
We're really going to miss this tall gentleman,this lovely man that we had the priviledge to know.
Thank you for the memories Iain.

Jim Ecclestone

21 April 2021

I enjoyed my time with Iain at Calstone tremendously. Our conversations and his support of the Ecclestone family was greatly appreciated. His love of life and family was admirable. I will miss him. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Jim Ecclestone

Ian and Maureen Proctor

21 April 2021

Iain’s friendship was very special to us.

We have so many memories of great lunches together and laughing over old times. He introduced us to some great music including Django Reinhardt.

Iain’s weekly visits to our home while Ian was waiting for hip surgery were better than anything the doctor ordered.

Our friend Iain will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Les Mauchlen

21 April 2021

I first met Iain when he move into the house across the street, we discovered that not only did we both come from Scotland and lived in the same town but also went to the same primary school and that was the start of a two decade friendship.
If we needed someone to keep an eye on the house when we went on vacation Iain was the man for the job he would come over each day for an inspection and once a week he would drag Marlene over to check our plants In his weekly report he would write “I was accompanied by the VP, Horticulture Department during my daily visit this morning. And all’s well with the vegetation”
Iain always had a great sense of humour from his impression of Adolph Hitler to his line to the woman in the kiosk at the entrance of the landfill “what's a lovely girl like you doing in a dump like this”
We will miss him greatly.
RIP my old mucker..