David M. Reid

September 5th, 2017

David M. Reid, age 53, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 3, 2017.

David was born in Boston, MA on July 8, 1964; he was the cherished son of John and Dorothy Reid. David was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1982.

Throughout his life, David was known to be quite an athlete; he played youth sports such as Wilmington Pop Warner and Little League. When he reached High School he played Wildcat Football, Baseball, and ran Track; all of which he excelled at and was recognized for his athletic ability.

Following graduation, David went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Fitchburg State College.

Throughout his life, David continued his love of sports and was quite an outdoorsman; he had a passion for golfing, skiing, kayaking and hiking. He enjoyed being outdoors having a great time with friends and enjoying the nature that surrounded him.

While living in Massachusetts, David worked as a Pharmaceutical Salesman throughout the Boston area and when he moved to Arizona he began a career as a Real Estate Agent for the Home Smart Company. David’s great work ethic as well as his endearing personality made him quite a success in both professions. David never met a stranger, he was kind, gracious and generous to everyone he met which in turn led to life-long friendships all over the country.

David will be remembered for his great smile and big personality that would light up any room he entered. He had a fondness for a good Cuban cigar while sipping a glass of Jack Daniels.

David cherished the time he spent with his family and friends; his love for them was unconditional and he will forever be in their hearts.

David was the beloved son of the late John L. and Dorothy H. (Johnson) Reid. Dear brother of Janette Reid of Pelham, NH, Karen Reid of So. Pasadena, FL, Robert Reid of Munford, TN, John Reid of Wilmington, MA and Lila Wood of Hooksett, NH. Loving uncle of Ellis Reid II, Guy Holcombe, Donte Holcombe, Mikel Reid, Marcell Cruz, Ashia Holcombe, Nikki Holcombe, Olivia Holcombe, Danielle Reid, Brittany Reid, Taylor Reid, Kolbie Reid, Rachel Reid, and great-uncle of Ellis Reid III and Janai Cruz. David is also survived by his companion Jennifer Jung as well as many extended family members and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 9th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 8th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in David’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


24 Entries in Guest Book for “David M. Reid”

  1. LuAnn McGowan says:

    I worked with David when we were at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. The joy and friendship David brought to our organization will be well remembered by his former co-workers and friends. He helped make our company a family of friends. He will be so missed by those who knew him and I will miss his postings on Facebook, which served as a means to keep in touch. His family can be proud to claim him as one of their own; many who knew him would feel the very same way. God Bless and Keep You, David Reid.

  2. Ken Morgan says:

    David was a great family friend and came to many cookouts and events we had. He always had a positive attitude in life and was so fun to be around. He was the life of a party and drew many laughs. God bless you Dave you will be truly missed!

  3. Pamela Carey(MacKinnon) says:

    I went to high school with Dave, we lost touch for a long time, but recently got together with other members from our class and had a great time. He was a great friend to many people and was well liked by all who knew him. Always a kind word for all, He will be truly missed. God bless you Dave, your pain has ended, be happy.

  4. Howard Stevens III says:

    At 4:45 am on September 3, 2017 heaven gained an angel I lost a person so very close to me and many others, to cancer. He fought long and hard and is now at peace and in Gods hands. He is a friend, team mate, classmate, brother, and I consider him family.
    May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth. May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace. May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen
    David Matthew Reid
    July 8, 1964 – September 3, 2017

  5. Michelle Thistle says:

    I, as well, went to high school with Dave and reconnected with him in the last year. He was a loving, generous, exceptional soul that enhanced every life he touched. I feel very blessed to have had the honor of knowing him. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. I have no doubt he will continue to spread his love from heaven. RIP Dave.

  6. Cindy (Cornish) Brouillette says:

    I am another member of the WHS Class of 82. I remember Dave in high school always having a big smile on his face and a great laugh. I’m so glad I got to connect with him again recently with other classmates of ours. We had a fun time and can look back and remember Dave on a good night. My deepest sympathies to his family and all of his friends. Dave will truly be missed.

  7. Larry Gaines says:

    Prayers and Blessings go out to the Family, and to Dave, a very warm, friendly, and funny person, that deserves to always be remembered, for being a Special Family member, and Friend to many..RIP.

  8. ry Mahoney Giannetto says:

    Dave was a friend of my dearest friend from high school days. When I heard this sad news of his passing, and saw this photo of him…wow, about 30+ years just disappeared! I don’t think anyone who has met him could ever forget Dave’s amazing smile and his happy personality! It’s been many years, but I remember him as this happy, smiling caring person… and KNOW that he is the guy most likely to get everyone at the pearly gates laughing SO hard that they’ll all just roll right into heaven with him!! <3 God Bless him, and my prayers to his family and friends…

  9. Sylvia Frenette says:

    My Dear friend Karen and family,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious brother. May your wonderful,memories sustain you during the days, weeks and months ahead.

    Much love and sympathy,

  10. Jane Tumminelli says:

    I met Dave about 35 yrs ago. He always made me smile. I haven’t seen him for years, but the news of his death saddened me greatly. ??????

  11. Lisa moyer delaria says:

    Dave you be missed loved by all we went to school together and grew up together . Sorry for loss reid family

  12. Dean Jarosek says:

    On behalf of Arizono Sports your boys are proud of you and will always miss you! We have your Back! Dino, Willie, Steve, Craig Jose, Eric an Eric and most importantly Rod!

  13. Dean Jarosek says:

    This cut me off on the past post… Mike, Pete, Paula and the Gang!

  14. Kelley says:

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Dave was like a second son to me. In the past few years we had ‘been there’ for each other during the good times and the bad. I have never known anyone else with a heart as big as Dave’s, or a smile as bright! The last words he said to me were ‘love ya’. Right back at you Dave!!!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Dave will be missed more than words can say. He was like a second son to me. The most caring, happy, thoughtful person I have ever met. His last words to me were ‘love ya’. Right back at you Dave!

  17. Kelly (Duggan) LeBlanc says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire Reid family. I first met Dave in 1975 when his older brother Bobby gave me the opportunity to play little league baseball on his team. We played 2 years together and I have many fond memories. We saw each other often through out our school years & even though we didn’t hang out, it was always a smile, a wave and a how are you doing. He reconnected with me on Facebook a couple of years ago & it was like we never skipped a beat. Chatted for quite some time catching up. A true friend a great person that I am proud to have had in my life. God speed my friend and maybe some day our souls will cross paths again.

  18. Shirley (Byrd)Moore says:

    David and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Wilmington. He always had a great big smile and a great big heart. Rest in peace David you are among the angels in our Lord is holding you in his loving arms.

  19. Charlotte Te'o says:

    I’ll always remember you my dear friend! Will miss you so much. Sleep well Our dearest Dave! Alofa atu

  20. The Frost Family says:

    We are thinking of David and keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. My mom was planning on attending the wake this evening, but instead ended up at Winchester Hospital today with some minor medical issues. Her only concern was that she wasn’t able to attend David’s wake. She always loved David and his awesome personality. Your wonderful parents raised an amazing son! With love, Nancy (Frost) Canty

  21. Chris Silva says:

    As painful as it is to lose my best friend of 31 years…..I know Dave is in a better place and is with his beloved Mom now…just as he would want it. It will be very hard to gone on without you Dave but I’ll do my best.

    I want to thank Janette, Ellis, Karen and the rest of the Reid family for creating a beautiful tribute and service for Dave. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  22. LILA WOOD says:


  23. Theresa Greenleaf says:

    I am so sorry for his family’s lose. I went to high school with Dave and just recently hooked back up with him on Facebook. Just can’t believe it

  24. Lisa Holbrook says:

    Just now reading this I can’t believe it I went to school with Dave at WHS He was a great guy We even went to a school dance together back when we were only 15 God Bless Sending my prayers to his family

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