Obituary of Roger Sterling Reid Jr.
Roger passed over to the next realm on Thursday, February 18, 2021, which he looked forward to with great fascination. He was with family at home under Hospice care. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Maggie (Margaret) with whom he was married for 37 years and all their children. His family includes son, Mark Reid (Marjorie Head) of Syracuse, daughters, Carolyn Michalet (Alan) of East Concord, NY and Diane R. (Stewart) Lyon (David) of Monroe, NC; step-sons, Keith Horn (Betsy) of Corning, NY and Eric Horn (Jennifer) of Cicero; grandchildren, Stephane Michalet Armstrong (Kyle) and their children (Kohen and Kyra), David Reid (Jena LeBlanc), Jonathan Reid (Melissa Wheeler), Shawn Michalet (Rachael Cox-Michalet), Audrey Stewart, Evelyn Stewart, Ben Lyon, Colby Lyon and Shyanne Horn; as well as two great-grandchildren and two more on the way; several nieces and nephews; and his many friends of the Rapha Community and Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church. He was pre-deceased by his sisters, Alice Reid Jwaideh and Jane Reid Light (Tom); previous wives, Gloria Kuczminski (Ignacy) of Charlotte, NC and Judith Cowden of Olean, NY. Roger was born (1932), raised and educated in Syracuse, son of Roger and Almeda (Dick) Reid. He graduated from Nottingham High (1950) and earned three degrees from Syracuse University: B.S. (Accounting 1953), MBA (1957), M.A. (Marriage and Family Therapy, 1990). He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict at the New London Submarine Base in Connecticut from 1954 to 1956. Roger’s philosophy was that life is an adventure that must be fully embraced to experience the Joy it has to offer. Among our tasks are to love without fear, learn and grow into all that we can become, and serve others. He was deeply devoted to his family, friends and his various callings. His rich and varied careers included being a public accountant, an independent insurance agent for 30+ years, a family mediator and a marriage and family therapist. To his family and friends, he was a loving, caring, steady presence that was positive for everyone he touched. He headed the Roger S. Reid insurance agency (now Reid & Zutant) formed by his Dad in 1929 which for decades served the insurance needs of thousands of clients throughout Central New York. With the support of his fine staff, Roger was active in insurance industry affairs serving in leadership positions as NY State President and National Vice-President of the Professional (Insurance) Agents Association and several other organizations. When Roger discovered the peacemaking potential of mediation, he decided to enter that field founding the Family Mediation Center in Fayetteville. Utilizing his financial background, his work focused on helping families resolve conflicts surrounding separation, divorce, family business issues, and estates. He also trained and mentored beginning mediators at the Center. He was a deeply spiritual man, serving his church communities in many capacities often with a financial bent. But it was the concepts of unconditional love and the power of positive thinking that moved and inspired his being, in his search for the deepest connections with other people and the Divine. At age 76 he became a volunteer with the Spiritual Care Center of Upstate University Hospital which he felt was one if his deepest and most rewarding callings. Roger and Maggie enjoyed sharing their summer home in Thousand Island Park with family and friends. Roger loved to sail on “the river”, view sunsets at the headland and to travel the world to experience different cultures. He also enjoyed photography, genealogy, music, reading, and teaching AARP driver safety. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, the Maggie and Roger Reid Fund c/o The CNY Community Foundation or Hospice of CNY. Mr. Reid's celebration of life service will be held for the family on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11 am at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church. Please join the family remotely at www.phpchurch.org to watch the livestream service. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.To plant a tree in memory of Roger Reid Jr., please visit Tribute Store