January 28, 1929 – November 5, 2019
It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joan Reid, born McManus, age 90 and long- time resident of Sydney River on November 5th, 2019. Joan was predeceased by her husband Charlie Reid, her parents, Jean and Bill McManus, and her brother Bill McManus. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn; son-in-law, Dave; grandchildren, Claire and Julie; her siblings, Father Ora McManus, and Carolyn (David) Winfield; sister-in-law Bernice (Bill) McManus; cousin Jeanie (Herb) Woodcock; goddaughters Brenda MacDonnell and Elizabeth Winfield and nieces and nephews.
Joan taught school for many years and was always involved in the school community- she made many wonderful lasting friendships and in the mid 1980’s, she retired from Malcolm Monroe Junior High. She loved spending time with family and friends (there was always had a pot of King Cole tea on the stove), spending summers in East Bay, curling in winter, hosting card games and more recently playing at the Pensioners’ Club, skating on the Sydney Harbour and travelling to Florida and Toronto. Once her grandchildren were born, Joan never missed a Christmas in Toronto and would pack the car full of gumdrop loaves, green cookies and chow and lots of other family favorites! There was always enough to share. After Charlie died, Joan moved to an apartment in Sydney where her lifelong friend Doreen MacDonnell and her brother Ora also lived. Special thanks to Sheila O’ Donnell and Roxanne MacEachern for the amazing support they provided to Joan over the past few years and to Dr Glen Worth for his years of attentive care. The funeral will take place at Our Lady of Fatima church on Tuesday December 17th at 1100 with a reception to follow in the church hall. Donations can be made in her memory to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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December 4, 2019
Joan was my mother’s cousin. She and my mother shared some good times both as they grew up in Sydney and later as adults when my mother visited Sydney. I remember her as a good person who gave comfort and good advice to her family members. I send my condolences to her daughter and to her siblings Ora and Carolyn.
November 27, 2019
All my sympathy to the McManus and Reid family and to Joan’s grandchildren who she loved so much... she spoke often of the two girls. Joan and I had lots of memories especially our trip to Cornerbrook to play badminton, and of course our Friday afternoons in the winter to see our beloved St. Joseph’s school hockey team play. .One year when they made the finals and lost, the Rotary Club asked Joan and I to attend the banquet with the coach - as they figured we did so much coaching and yelling from the stands we deserved the dinner.Joan will be missed and may she Rest In Peace.
Stan and Estelle Reppa
November 26, 2019
The Reid and Mcmanus Family:
Sorry to hear of Joan's passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.