Thomas Reid

  • Born: February 12, 1943
  • Died: November 26, 2016
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Tom by adding your memories and photos.

Thomas J. Reid, of Shrewsbury, formerly of Milton died Saturday, November 26, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 73.

Tom was born February 12, 1943 in Boston a son of the late Dr. Thomas and Marion A. (Fitzpatrick) Reid. Raised and educated in Milton he attended Boston University and then served with the United States Air Force during the mid 1960's in California and South America.

Tom worked for the former First National Bank of Boston. During the 1970's he served as special assistant to former US Senator Edward Brooke. At the end of Sen. Brooke's senate career, Mr. Reid served as a contract negotiator for the US Small Business Administration and Regulatory Office in Boston, MA. In the mid 1980's he moved to Shrewsbury to work for Davis Press, Inc., of Worcester where he focused on developing, marketing and fundraising graphics for academic and non-profit clients in the New England area. After the sale of Davis Press, he was appointed Engineering Services Manager for then Mass Highway Department
by Gov. William Weld and served in that position until his retirement in 2009.

Mr. Reid was involved with many organizations in both the Worcester and Boston areas. He was elected Town Meeting member in Milton, and served on various committees including Spaulding Rehabilitation, Spaulding Development, Board of Massachusetts General Hospital and Regional Vice President of AFGE.

After moving to Shrewsbury, he served in various capacities with local organizations. He was a long time member of the Shrewsbury Republican Town Committee, serving a stint as vice chairman. He also was Secretary of the Members Council of the Worcester Art Museum, Director of Family Services of Central Mass, Deputy Commissioner of the Worcester Elections Committee, and long term Membership Chairman of the Bohemians. He also had been a member of the Boston Athenaeum, Worcester Club, and the Tennis and Racquet Club. An avid golfer, he was proud of the hole-in-one that he made on the 12th hole at The Country Club, Brookline, MA. Mr. Reid and his good friend Robert Stewart partnered to win the annual Sargent Memorial Fourball Tournament at the Essex Country Club, Manchester, MA.

He leaves his children, Abigail D. Reid of Boston and W. Curtis Reid of Watertown; his former wife and friend Elaine Davis Reid of Shrewsbury. His first wife,Linda Eastburn Reid, of Pinehurst, NC predeceased him.

Family and friends will honor and remember Tom's life by gathering on Saturday, December 17th in All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester at where his Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. The Reverend Greg Lisby will officiate. Inurnment in the church columbarium will follow. There are no calling hours.

Memorials in his name can be made to All Saints Church, 10 Irving St. Worcester, MA 01609 or Family Service of Central Massachusetts, 31 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of all the good memories...You are MISSED!

Posted by Edwina Brooke-Petit - Mashpee, MA - Family Friend   November 25, 2019


Still in our thoughts beloved Tom...and will always be!

Posted by Edwina Brooke-Petit - Mashpee, MA - Family Friend   November 25, 2017

Great times with Tom and friends/co-workers. MassHighway, 10 Park Plaza, 7th floor.

Posted by Peter Collette - Fitchburg, MA - Coworker   December 09, 2016

When Tom joined us a Davis we all took notice. His direct approach, charm and sense of humor were a great addition to our team. A great colleague and good friend. Since we both lived in Shrewsbury we crossed paths often - in the Library, at Dunkin Donut at the polls on election Day - he always made my day. Unfortunately I didn't learn he was ill until recently and was unable to reach out to him. Rest in peace Reid.

Posted by Patricia (Pat) Daly-Turo - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   December 04, 2016

I have known Tom since I was 16 (I think) and now I am nearly 70 so he must have been 20 at the time. For a while, he and our mother were both town meeting members. He introduced my older sister and me, then our younger sister, to the Milton Young Republicans. From meetings we moved on to parties which were always great fun. Tom really knew how to have a good time; I will never forget the twinkle in his eye, the stories and the warm chuckle. I have lived in Europe for the last 46 years so haven't seen Tom much recently but always considered him a good friend. I won't be able to attend the funeral but will definitely be with you all in spirit. Tom would want a good 'send-off' which I am sure it will be. The battle with cancer is over, Tom. We'll all be along in the fullness of time. See you then.

Posted by Helen Kimball-Brooke - London, UK - Friend   November 30, 2016

It was a privilege and honor to meet Tom years ago through friends, politics and social events and we became good friends. He was always a pleasure to be with and when you were with him you were always in good hands. Everywhere he went he knew everyone and always made people laugh, think, and smile. Tom Reid had so many wonderful and interesting stories we told him he should write a book about his life and call it "A Good Reid". Tom was "A Good Reid" indeed and he will always be remembered and always be loved. Tom will forever be my President.

Posted by Randall "Tony" Barko - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   November 30, 2016

Tom was a loyal friend and supportive colleague when we served together on Senator Brooke's staff. He was, above all, kind and thoughtful - characteristics too often in short supply in this world. I remember him most fondly and wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.

Posted by Robert Waite - Ottawa - Coworker   November 29, 2016

A good man who knew the value of friendship and conversation...I will always treasure his friendship and recall our wide-ranging conversations about sports and politics ...he should have penned his memoires ..what a great "reid" that would have been....Rest in Peace Tom

Posted by Ed Bertorelli - Milford, MA - Friend   November 29, 2016

Tom (I called him Reid) was my rock in this life. Solid and reliable, consistent and gracious. Even through the 26 years since our divorce in 1990, we remained close friends and spoke every day. Our children, precious to us both, were the glue that kept us together. When we knew he was going to die first, we bonded together in a new way, a way that was not even present during our married years. The love changed to a sort of deep companionship and friendship. I miss him so. But there are SO many memories, and the faces of our children reflect him. So that is my comfort and my joy.

Posted by Elaine Reid - Shrewsbury, MA - Family   November 29, 2016

I first met Tom when I was in high school and he was dating a friend of mine - and we shared a passion for Republican politics. I lost sight of him over the years but thanks to Eliza Kimball was able to reconnect much later in life. He was a delightful person and the world is a less delightful place without him.

Posted by Liz Hunter - Walpole, MA - Friend   November 28, 2016

A wonderful friend. Always full of fun and so many great tales.
loved his family first, politics second or maybe golf.
He had it all.

Posted by paul grady - hingham, MA - Friend   November 28, 2016

I knew Tom at MassHighway. He was a good man and a great golfer. Rest In Peace Tom

Posted by Chuck Sterling - Coworker   November 27, 2016

Tom was such an important part of our extended family of loyal friends! I will never forget his sweet smiling face at each and every event for my Beloved Father Senator Edward W. Brooke...Tom was ALWAYS Father loved him as a son! REST IN PEACE SWEET TOM...I know you are an Angel now!

Posted by Edwina Brooke-Petit - Mashpee, MA - Family Friend   November 27, 2016

Fred and Molly Kellogg will miss Tom and his humor, his wisdom, and his friendship. They are undying. As Tom would say, go forward and be good.

Posted by Fred Kellogg - Washington DC, DC - Friend   November 27, 2016

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Great times with Tom and friends/co-workers. MassHighway, 10 Park Plaza, 7th floor.