Relatives and friends of former Mail Tribune Editor John Reid said their goodbyes last night at a memorial service in Ashland. It says a lot about John that there were numerous former co-workers in attendance and that we all counted ourselves in the friend category.
John was a great editor — any success the Mail Tribune has had in the past 30 years was built on the foundation he laid. Beyond that, he was a great boss and friend to a lot of us.
John went through so much, battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. But, as his daughters wrote in his obituary, while the disease greatly affected his life, it did not define it. His life was defined by the love of his family, his work, his poetry — and even the occasionally spectacular steelhead he caught on his fly rod.
I said in a news story about John’s passing that he was “a good guy.” That doesn’t seem enough and, yet, it says a lot about the kind of person he was and what he meant to the people around him.