Stewart Reid used to tell a local pastor that he didn’t want him to say anything nice about him at his funeral.
“I used to say jokingly, ‘Stu, you never have to worry about that,’” said Rev. Chris Haydinger of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Stewart Reid with grandson Charley, who called his grandfather “Dipps.” (Photo courtesy of Jessica Robertson photography)
“And he would just give this big laugh,” Haydinger said. “He had a great sense of humor.”
Despite his wishes, those who knew the 83-year-old former Ashland mayor will continue to remember the late Reid as a big-hearted pillar of the Ashland community.
Haydinger knew Reid from his active role in the church. Reid not only went to church regularly but he helped start the Haiti ministry roughly 12 years ago, which Haydinger said is still going well. The Haiti ministry program has built schools and started food programs in the Third World country among other things.
“He was all over the place,” Haydinger said.
Reid also started a Stop Hunger Now program at the church, which puts together meals made of dried foods and sends them to third world countries.
He would also drive cancer patients to doctor appointments.
“[Reid] was just this little fellow who cared about people,” Haydinger said.
But Haydinger said the lively man did not want to ever be recognized for any work he did.
“He never wanted to be in the limelight,” Haydinger said.
Haydinger said that he would often write Reid “thank you” notes for helping him with various things. Reid would always tell him to stop doing it.
“Even if he created something, he wouldn’t want credit,” Haydinger said.
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