Earle Leroy Reid

August 28, 1932May 26, 2011

Dr. Earle Leroy Reid of Halifax (aged 78) passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Thursday, May 26th 2011. Born in Steam Mill Kings County Nova Scotia Dr. Reid was the son of Margaret (Peggy) nee Middleton and Earle Reid. Dr. Reid had many interests that he pursued with determined and passionate vigor. Relaxation for Dr. Reid usually involved reading, gardening and his latest passion farming (a re-visit of his childhood growing up and working on the family farm). Dr. Reid was an ardent supporter of health and healthcare policy reform; this supported by a extensive knowledge of health care systems in the US, Europe, Britain and Russia. After losing his father at the age of 6 due to a lack of prompt medical attention, Dr. Reid’s future was determined. Driven to become a doctor he studied his way by lamp-light before and after chores on the farm to a Governor General’s award for scholastic excellence. He pursued and attained his medical degree at Dalhousie University in 1957. Dr. Reid (M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P. (C), F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P) started his practice 1957 (in Kentville NS) as a General Practitioner until moving to Halifax in 1965 to specialize. From 1965 to present he practiced medicine as a Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. From 1970 to 1985 Dr. Reid was Director of Intensive Care, Head of the Department of Medicine and president of Medical Staff at the old Halifax Infirmary (Queen St.). From 1969-2001 Dr. Reid served at Dalhousie University as Faculty of Medicine Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and from 1972 to 1985 he served as a Medical Advisory Committee Member. From 1991 to present, Dr. Reid was co-founder of and President of, North South Health Policy and Management Group. From 1983 to 1993 Dr. Reid was a Commissioner for the NS Commission on Drug Dependency and from 1988 to 1990 he was Vice Chair and Senior Medical Advisor to the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care. Dr. Reid was predeceased by the love of his life and wife of 50 years Janet (nee Dexter). While attending Dalhousie University, Dr. Reid was introduced to Janet during a youth dance at Bethany United church where they were later married. Dr. Reid was an active member of Bethany United Church for more than 55 years. Dr. Reid is survived by 3 sons David, Douglas (Sharon) and Greg. He also has 3 brothers John (Marlene), Ivan (Janet) and George (Cheryl Ann) and was predeceased by his brother William (Bill). He also is survived by his sister in-law Donna Dexter; 7 grand children (Nicole Gyorfi (Nick), Alexander, Jonathan, Julianne, Liam, Keegan and Benjamin); as well as 2 great grandchildren (Alexander and Mya). Dr. Reid is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Dr. Reid was a family man; a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as devoted son and brother. Dr. Reid was a passionate physician and loyal friend. He will be missed. Funeral services for Dr. Reid will be held at Bethany United Church 5151 Clinton Avenue, Halifax Nova Scotia on Saturday, June 4th 2011 beginning at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or to the Bethany United Church Music fund.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 4, 2011

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Ken nickerson

April 2, 2012

This great man worked day and night and now gopes to his well deserved rest.Good bye my friend and may i see you again..DR. Ken Nickerson

Frank Gummett

July 27, 2011

I am sad to hear of Doctor Reid's passing. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
I was his patient for the last few years and cannot speak highly enough of his professional and gentle bedside manner. I was not always the ideal patient with my constant questions but Dr Reid was always up to date with the latest research into my condition. We also enjoyed discussing local politics and latterly his farm and Highland Cattle.
I miss him already.
Thank you Dr Reid

July 21, 2011

An amazing man and doctor. Only met him once - that's all it took to sense that his knowledge, wisdom and gentle holistic approach surpassed any I've encountered. Karla Henderson, Lake Echo, NS

michele maclean

June 9, 2011

He was a doctor that could make sense out of the myriad of problems that patients present with. He was a man who deserved all the respect that he so clearly had from both patients and colleagues . He was known as a legend for his work ethic and competency. I hope he knew how much we all loved him . Dr Michele Mac Lean Halifax

June 6, 2011

Doug, Our deepest condolences to you & all the family on the loss of your father.
Mario & Dorothy Mercier

June 5, 2011

Out deepest sympathy to Dr. Reid's family. We thought very highly of your Dad and he was a wonderful help to our Mum and Dad.

Cecil Aucoin

June 5, 2011

I would like to express my deepest condolences at this difficult time to your family. I have never met Dr. Reid but I feel that I know him through members of his family and the love they have expressed for him. He was a wonderful man who touched the lives of so many people with love and caring. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten and our world is a better place because of him, as he was a wonderful gift to all of us. My thoughts are with you

Reginald Daigle

June 4, 2011

Deepest sympathy to all the family/friends of Dr.Earle Reid.Dr.Reid was my doctor since 1986 and words cannot express what a fine,caring doctor and friend he was to me over the years.He was always so thorough yet always made time for a personal visit during all my appointments through the years.Several years ago,during/after complications of surgery,he saved my life.I will never forget him especially for that.My last appoinment with him was in March of 2011 and as usual,I felt so confident with his medical care and of course,our friendly visit while doing so.He will always be remembered with much GRATITUDE and highest respect.He made this world a much better place for all and deserves to rest in peace in heaven with his dear wife and loved ones.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,God bless you all,Sincerely,Reginald and Melanie Daigle of Head Chezzetcook,N.S.

Peggy & Paul Andrews

June 4, 2011

Ivan & Janet, we were so sorry to read of Dr. Reid's passing. We have been so blessed to have had such a gentle, caring professional for our doctor. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to all of his staff & family. Thankfully we have the hope of meeting him again in heaven. Sincerely, Peggy & Paul Andrews

Shirley Morton

June 4, 2011

Sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was appreciated in many ways by our family. Shirley Morton & family & friend & colleague the late Bruce Morton in spirit.