Peter (Pat) Reid was born on June 14, 1916 on the Orkney Isle, Scotland, the second of five children. As a youngster playing on the beach back in Scotland with his dog and a homemade plow and harness, his love for plowing matches was born. In years to come he successfully competed in horse drawn events, as a young man in Canada. Pat immigrated to the Fraser Valley, B.C. at the young age of thirteen. Back in 1929, the Reid’s settled onto a small bush farm in Abbotsford. Purchasing a bakery horse, and a set of harness with rope tugs, the family went to work making a small income from the bush timber.
After a few years, Pat bought himself a bike and decided “Canada was a fine place for anyone who wanted to work.” Setting goals and falling in love with his wife of 69 years, Edith (Buchanan), they were married in March of 1948, they were blessed with two children, David and Dixie (Brennan).
Not only did my grandfather love the cows, but he also had an eye for sheep. Gloamin Border Cheviots, Hampshires and Suffolks have a strong show ring legacy. Pat was instrumental in both dairy and sheep 4-H clubs. Lending animals, selling breeding stocks, and mentoring youth, he had a tender spot for others who shared his love of livestock.
Over the years Gloamin Farms was established in Mud Bay, Sumas Prairie, Nicomen Island and for the past 46 years (since 1961) in Salmon Arm, B.C. Pat, working with his son David, exhibited livestock throughout Canada, highlights being the P.N.E. (Vancouver), Calgary Stampede, Edmonton Klondike Days, the Royal Winter Fair (Toronto), Cow Palace (San Francisco, California). He had also judged the P.N.E. Royal, and Cow Palace and numerous county fairs. The World Jersey tour visited the family farm in 1982, to which my grandfather commented “was a once in a lifetime experience.”
My grandfather’s love of cattle and sheep was truly remarkable and our family will miss him. Pat leaves behind his wife Edith Reid, daughter Dixie Brennan, grandchildren Rob (Cindy) Brennan, Ian (Deanna) Brennan, Leigh (Dennis) Ho, Willy Brennan, daughter-in-law Lorna Reid, granddaughters Joni (John) DeWitt, Colleen (Bill) Symonds, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by great-grandson Colby DeWitt in 1993, and son David Reid in 2005. Pat passed away peacefully in Abbotsford, B.C. … until we meet again in glory.
Lovingly submitted by Joni (Reid) DeWitt