Monday, April 7, 2014

Guts and glory - updated

Title of the final article on Ian Reid's website, The Real Story, began with the words: Guts and glory. Of course, he was not writing about himself but those word applied to Ian, along with wisdom, dedication, loyalty and generosity.

His journey ended Saturday. That it lasted until April 2014 was evidence of extraordinary courage.

Rest in peace friend. We'll miss you.

   Goodbye to my friend Ian, by RossK

   A salute to a man we can all admire, a Northern Insight piece published previously.

   It is never easy to say goodbye..., Facebook entry by Alex G. Tsakumis, republished with permission:
"It is never easy to say goodbye to a pal and colleague. Ian Reid served as Chief of Staff to my friend Carole James before she was disgracefully removed as leader of the BC NDP. He died last night after a lengthy battle with cancer, and this province is all the poorer now that he is gone.

"Through his writings as a blogger and our lengthy conversations about the destruction of democracy in this province at the bloody hands of the BC Liberal thugs, l learned more about social justice and community than I did in any classroom, workroom or backroom. Despite my philosophical conservatism, we found great common ground and often met in the middle, because, as he liked to put it, 'Alex, common sense knows no political stripe.'

"Ian was brutally honest, startlingly intelligent, exceedingly gifted, and utterly lovable. In this province, he was a brightly coloured comet of honesty and integrity in a business of pallid etchings across dark skies by darker men and women, who almost always work for 'families first'--theirs. He knew the arranged theft of BC Rail as well as anyone. He wept for our teachers and paramedics; Ian understood what was necessary to end the tyranny of the last decade, in May of 2013, unfortunately, few listened. It wasn't about politics, it was about people--he knew it and he lived it. Ian's wish for more civil, meaningful political discourse in British Columbia may one day be realized.

"Sadly, he won't be here to see it. My deepest condolences to his husband Paul and Ian's children, and, indeed, to any and all that loved and appreciated such a remarkable man."
A loving farewell to Ian Reid, by the NOW Team
"A mighty heart has stopped...

"That compassion shines clearly throughout his life. As much as Ian enjoyed politics and the cut and thrust of strategy, what truly drove him was love: for Paul; for his children, his friends and the people he mentored and worked with; but also for the community around him, near and far.

" 'An injustice to one is an injustice to all' was far more than a slogan to Ian. He felt it keenly, and his level-headed demeanour belied a strong, often fierce passion..."
A tribute to Ian Reid in the Legislature of British Columbia by John Horgan, MLA, April 7, 2014
"I rise with sadness in my heart to announce to the Legislature the passing of my friend and a very well-known colleague of those on this side of the House, Mr. Ian Reid. Ian passed away this past weekend after living for 12 years with cancer. He did so with dignity and with a sense of grace that one only discovers when you're in your final moments.

"Ian leaves behind his son, Shamus; his daughter Jordan and other daughter Alexis; his dear spouse, Paul; and the mother of his children, Jane. He leaves a vacuum for me as a friend but also for those of us on this side of the House.

"He started in politics working for Darlene Marzari. Those who are from the downtown Vancouver area know Darlene. The only person that could keep pace with her style and panache was Ian. His taste for ties and socks was legendary. He started as a constituency assistant and rose to the position of chief of staff for my colleague the member for Victoria–Beacon Hill — and every job in between. He did it, again, with passion and verve.

"He understood polling better than anyone. He was a business partner of mine when we were not involved in politics. He was much sought-after by industry, by municipal politicians and by politicians at every level.

"Despite his professional acumen in the areas of understanding of the art of politics, it was his passion for people and his understanding that what we do here, all of us, regardless of where we come from, is grounded in trying to make the world a better place and to ensure that we have the respect of our peers and our communities.

"I think that for all of us, regardless of our political stripe, today we've lost an outstanding individual. Always at the forefront for him were the people that we serve. I'm going to miss him tremendously, and I would ask the Speaker to send the House's condolences to his family at this difficult time."

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  1. Well said Norman. Ross K. Has a touching personal reflection on Ian Reid over at his place with some heartfelt comments too.

    I did not know Ian personally but followed his blog with great appreciation. Truly an inspiring individual.

  2. I think I learned of Ian's blog here and I admired his writing, his honesty and his courage. I'm very sorry for your loss.

  3. He was a fighter and I will miss him. Thanks Norm.

  4. I only knew Ian through his insightful and rich writings at The Real Story. Ian was the real deal. He and his work will be greatly missed.

    My condolenses to his loved ones.

    1. My apologies - condolences of course

  5. I hope new people join the public debate to help fill the void from the loss of Ian Reid. The entire community is poorer today.

  6. Ian's passing reminds us that there are precious few voices out there willing and able to do the work to share the truth with the masses.

    What a wonderful tribute if someone of similar skills and politics were to pick up the blog (with permission, of course) and carry it on.

  7. Thanks to you for promoting The Real Story. I loved the scrappiness and lack of bullshit that Ian made hallmarks of his writing. I guess I'll have to put that part of the morning read-around in the same category as BC Mary. These are big shoes to be filled, and filled they mush be. Again, thanks for the direction that lead to The Real Story. I can only wish there had been more.

  8. Thank you for sharing news of Ian's passing with us Norm.

    Ian showed us what commitment, courage and the steady power of words looks like. His writing is a legacy to the spirit of what BC might one day be, yet again. His strategy for going forward is a bright beacon we should head towards with no delay and with as much courage.

    July Morning

  9. A perfect tribute from Alex.

    July Morning

  10. I have stopped by The Real Story often in the past year and was always astounded by Ian's clear thinking and comments on the fight against the dark side in BC.His grit, compassion and honesty will be missed.

    By the way, what has happened to Alex G. Tsakumis?


  11. Ian Reid will be missed. His blog was wonderful. My condolences to his family and friends.

  12. Ian, you were a shining light, in the darkness of despair for our Province and her People. You will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with Ian's family at this most difficult time. RIP Sir.



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