West Michigan Hospice
William “Bill” Ronald Reid, formerly of East Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2022. Bill spent his final days surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his son and best friend, William (Bill) James Reid; his loving parents, William and Helen Reid; his dear sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Russ Lagattuta; his close life-long friends, Bob Mahan and Harold Butler; and his faithful furry companions, Frosty and Buster. He is remembered by his wife of 56 years, Rose Marie (Molino) Reid; daughter, Laura (Wayne) Bradeen; daughter-in-law, Maureen Reid; four grandchildren, Billy Reid, Kelli Reid, Lindsey Bradeen and Kaylee Bradeen; as well as his dear sister, Marilyn “Lynn” (Frank) Hassler; sister-in-law, Connie Molino; and his special nieces and nephews.
Bill was born in Passaic, NJ on March 7, 1937. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1958. Bill’s years in the Navy are amongst his fondest life moments and allowed him the opportunity to become an adventurer and world traveler, which in turn, provided him interesting stories to share and reminisce about with his family. In 1964, he met the love of his life, Rose Marie at a dance hall and they were married in 1965. Bill and Rose shared a love for music and dancing and enjoyed it as a weekly form of entertainment throughout their marriage. Bill worked for Nabisco in New York City for many years and then in 1971, he moved his family to East Grand Rapids when he was offered a career opportunity at a start-up company, Readi Bake. In 1983 Bill started his own small business, Arrow Enterprises and a few years later, started a second company, Reid Enterprises. Bill took pride and satisfaction in working and being a small business owner of two companies for thirty-five years. As much as Bill enjoyed working, he equally enjoyed his recreational activities with family…boating, skiing, bike riding, attending sports events with his son and grandson, and traveling the United States and abroad. He was fondly known as the family’s personal “travel agent” and had an amazing ability of putting together the best itineraries for any excursion.
Bill was exemplary in the way he led his life due to his strong Catholic upbringing and faith, which gave him strength as he navigated through life’s challenges. As we reflect on his life, we take comfort in the words of the Irish Blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
The family is very appreciative for the wonderful, caring, and compassionate staff at Maple Ridge Manor and West Michigan Hospice of Lowell, MI. The special care and comfort they provided to Bill gave the family peace of mind over the past few months. A private service is planned for the immediate family members at this time and a celebration of life will be planned for a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association; www.alz.org or West Michigan Hospice; westmichiganhospice.com.