Title of the final article on Ian Reid‘s website, The Real Story, began with the words: Guts and glory.
Of course, he was not writing about himself but those words applied to Ian, along with wisdom, dedication, loyalty and generosity. His journey ended Saturday. That it lasted until April 2014 was evidence of extraordinary courage.
Rest in peace friend. We’ll miss you.
Goodbye to my friend Ian, by RossK
A salute to a man we can all admire, an Insight piece published previously.
A Facebook entry by Alex G. Tsakumis is republished with permission:
It is never easy to say goodbye to a pal and colleague.
Ian Reid served as Chief of Staff to my friend Carole James before she was disgracefully removed as leader of the BC NDP. He died last night after a lengthy battle with cancer, and this province is all the poorer now that he is gone.
Through his writings as a blogger and our lengthy conversations about the destruction of democracy in this province at the bloody hands of the BC Liberal thugs, l learned more about social justice and community than I did in any classroom, workroom or backroom.
Despite my philosophical conservatism, we found great common ground and often met in the middle, because, as he liked to put it, “Alex, common sense knows no political stripe.“
Ian was brutally honest, startlingly intelligent, exceedingly gifted, and utterly lovable. In this province, he was a brightly coloured comet of honesty and integrity in a business of pallid etchings across dark skies by darker men and women, who almost always work for ‘families first’–theirs.
He knew the arranged theft of BC Rail as well as anyone. He wept for our teachers and paramedics; Ian understood what was necessary to end the tyranny of the last decade, in May of 2013, unfortunately, few listened.
It wasn’t about politics, it was about people–he knew it and he lived it. Ian’s wish for more civil, meaningful political discourse in British Columbia may one day be realized.
Sadly, he won’t be here to see it.
My deepest condolences to his husband Paul and Ian’s children, and, indeed, to any and all that loved and appreciated such a remarkable man.