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Submitted by justine on Mon, 03/27/2023 - 08:52:AM

Years of Service:  
August 6, 1968 - January 2, 2004

Postings: "H" and HQ Divisions

RCMP Veterans' Association Member
Ottawa Division


It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing of Ernest Gordon Reid, suddenly on January 5th, 2023, at the age of 75.  Gordie, as he was affectionately known, was surrounded by his family and a great deal of love at the time of his passing.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Helene (nee Benoit), his children, Shelly and Mark (Cheryl), granddaughters Mackenzie and Taylor, his brothers, John and Ricky (Patti), his sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Charmaine (Nick) as well as many loving relatives and close friends.  Gordie was predeceased by his younger sister, Virginia (Ginny).

Gordie was born June 26th,1947, son of Ernest and Alvina, in Ottawa.  He was the oldest of 4 siblings who spent much of his time as a teenager playing hockey & football.  Gordie continued playing & coaching sports throughout his life, most notably golf, which became a passion in his retirement years.  

Gordie joined the RCMP in 1968 at the age of 21, starting his career with several postings in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where he would meet Helene and many of his lifelong friends.  Postings for Gordie included Glace Bay, Arichat, Baddeck, Port Hawkesbury, followed by Halifax and then Ottawa, where the Reid family has resided since 1985.  During his time in Ottawa, Gordie ascended to the rank of Sergeant & notably served on the RCMP Tactical squad for several years, where he received a commissioner’s commendation for rescuing an injured colleague on April 21, 2001 during the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City.  Gordie retired from the RCMP in January 2004, completing over 35 years of distinguished service.

Gordie loved his job and lived a life of service, always putting the needs of others before his own. He had a joie de vivre and made the most of every moment and experience. Gordie shared a passion for being outdoors with Helene, sister in-law Charmaine, and brother in-law Nick, who would spend time together cross country skiing, kayaking, or walking along the Ottawa River. In recent years, he found joy in playing darts, poker, and bowling with his closest friends on the “Hillbillies” and the “River Rats”. 

Spending as much time as he could at the Hylands Golf Course or golfing with his son, Mark, was the priority during golf season. Gordie loved being “Grampy” to his two beautiful granddaughters, Mackenzie and Taylor, who brought him so much happiness over the past 11 years. Spending time in the backyard listening to music with his daughter, Shelly, or having a glass of wine with his wife Helene, were some of his favorite pastimes.  He was always smiling, laughing, and had a warmth that will be missed by all who knew him.

The Reid family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the Ottawa Heart Institute for their care and compassion.

A celebration of Gordie's wonderful life will be held at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 1:00PM. 

Remembered with respect and gratitude for his service.   

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 02:47:PM


Roger Bouchard

A professional and a gentleman in all aspects. Rest in peace Gordon. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 05:19:PM


Billy and Monica MacDonald

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all on this day. Wish we could be there to celebrate the life of a great man and to support you all. Love and Prayers

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 08:38:PM


Ed and Joan Fougere

Sincere condolences to Helene, Shelley, Mark, and all family members. Gordie was a very good friend, and we lost him much too early. He enjoyed retirement to the fullest, doing things he loved. Rest In Peace Gordie.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/31/2023 - 09:33:PM


Don and Donna MacDonald

Our thoughts are with you.

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Judith & Harold McFetridge

Gord always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help in any way. We have fond memories of get together with friends and Gord and Helene at Christmas parties, BBQ’s, bowling and seeing Gord at Hylands. We will miss being with him and send sincere condolences to Helene and the family,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/01/2023 - 01:16:PM


Shawn Arcand

I’m so sorry for your loss Mark. My thoughts are with you and your family. 💙

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/03/2023 - 11:27:AM


Pat Teolis

May the many happy memories of Gordie provide the family and close friends comfort.
I knew Gordie for many years, side by side on the RCMP Tactical Troop, worked on same floor at HQ, and talked often as a good neighbor, while he and Helene walked in the neighborhood. He was one of the good ones.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/03/2023 - 01:31:PM


Ray McInnis

Gordie was always in a good mood, smiling and joking whether it be at Hylands, bowling with the Hot Shots or our Thursday afternoon darts. Miss ya buddy! Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family at the CoL, we will be OUTCAN and unfortunately cannot attend.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/04/2023 - 02:29:PM


Janet Art McGlade

To Mark our son in law our daughter Cheryl and Grandaughters Mackenzie Taylor .
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad /Gord/Grampy . Gord was a wonderful man and we are honoured to say we knew him. We had many great family times together with our families and we will cherishes those memories .

Helene , Art and I are so sorry for your loss. Cherish the wonderful years and memories you had with a great man.

Shelly , Art and I wish to express our condolences to you. Your father was a very special man. Cherish your memories you had with him

Love to All
Janet & Art

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/07/2023 - 04:59:PM


Richard St-Cyr/Marie Berube

We would like to express our heartfelt condolences for the passing of Gord. He was a great neighbour and wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Helen and the family. We will surely be thinking of Gord the next time we play golf or wash the car. May you rest in peace my friend

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