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John Maxwell (Max) Reid, O.M.M., C.D.


Captain (N), RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 12 Apr 1925, Bonar Law, Hastings Co., Ontario


Died: 21 Oct 2005, Ottawa, Ontario


REID, John Maxwell (Max) - Born and raised in a succession of remote northern Ontario communities, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 and served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships ( DEMS ) Commissioned from the lower deck after the war, he met Helen, a member of the WRNS in Portsmouth and they were married in 1949. His service in the RCN, aboard 9 ships and a few shore appointments, included command of HMCS Lanark and Terra Nova. He retired from the Regular Navy in 1974 but continued with the Naval Reserve in Hamilton, Ottawa and as a Convoy Commodore to complete almost 45 years of naval service. From 1977 until 1997 he worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade promoting Canadian aerospace and defence products around the world. Upon retirement he devoted himself to community projects, historical research and volunteer work, particularly at the Canadian War Museum. He died on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and, at his request, there will be no memorial service. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by Helen and the boys, Carl and Mark, who would also like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Ottawa General Hospital. (The Ottawa Citizen 29 Oct 2005)


Ships served in:

SS PRINCESS JOAN - Served in Princess Joan as a DEMS Gunner

SS BEATON PARK (DEMS) - Served in Beaton Park as a DEMS Gunner

SS DUNLOP PARK (DEMS) - Served in Dunlop Park as a DEMS Gunner

MV RIO BRANCO (DEMS) - Served in Rio Branco as a DEMS Gunner/LS Gunlayer

HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda in 1946 as QR2, RCN

HMCS NOOTKA - Served in Nootka in 1947 as Gunners Yeoman

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in Magnificent in 1951 as A/Slt, RCN

HMCS WALLACEBURG - Served in Wallaceburg in 1954 as Lt, RCN, NavO

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in Ottawa in 1957 as Lt, RCN, TAS Officer

HMCS KOOTENAY - Served in Kootenay in 1958 as Lt, RCN, TAS Officer

HMCS TERRA NOVA - 6th Commanding Officer

HMCS LANARK - 9th Commanding Officer


Lt John Reid, RCN - circa 1952



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