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Barry Reid, 77, Longtime Ridgewood Resident, Athlete

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RIDGEWOOD, N. J. -- Barry Reid, a longtime Ridgewood resident, Canadian native and Wall of Fame athlete who went on to a chemical engineering career in New Jersey, died Nov. 10. He was 77.

Born June 26, 1938, in St. Catharines, Ontario, to the late Lois and Andrew Reid, he was raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

He was inducted into the Niagra Falls Sports Wall of Fame for his role on the 1955 Stamford Collegiate Institute senior boys' basketball championship team.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1963, then an MBA from McMaster University.

Reid began his career at Cyanamid in Niagara Falls at the Welland Plant, immigrating to the United States in 1973 to work at Cyanamid’s New Orleans’ Fortier Plant.

He then managed the Warner’s Plant in Elizabeth, N.J., the Formica Plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Bound Brook Plant, in Bound Brook, N.J.

Reid ultimately became an executive in the Wayne, N.J. headquarters. He was vice president of manufacturing and a member of the management team at Cytec Industries.

He was honored by the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate for his role as two-term chairman Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey.

A resident of Ridgewood since 1983, he was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood. He was a Sunday school teacher and was active in youth ministry and the church vestry.

He completed more than 25 Ridgewood Runs and was a proud participant and “Senior Pacesetter” of the Claremont Road Running Team, where he competed in the Wyckoff Triathlon.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue; his daughters Catharine Bruzzese of Chatham, and Adrienne Fernandez, of Westwood; his four grandchildren, Natalie, John, William and Sarah; and nephew Bruce Reid Henwood of Calgary, Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter or Valley Hospice.

A visitation is planned from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Feeney’s Funeral Home, 232 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 169 Fairmount Road.

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