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Vale Gentleman Jim

Posted Wednesday 20 February 2013

It is with considerable sadness that I advise of the sudden passing of former Councillor Jim Reid at his home on Sunday night. This came as a shock to all at the town hall where he was highly respected and affectionately known as ‘Gentleman Jim’.

Jim Reid was first elected as an Alderman representing Middle Harbour Ward in September 1991 and was re-elected as a Councillor in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Jim had the distinction of being Mayor of Mosman in 1998-99 and 2002.

Jim Reid’s record could have started much earlier – in fact in 1968 when he stood with a lot of fresh faces and tied with the then incumbent Mayor for the third aldermanic position in Middle Harbour, only to have the then Town Clerk who was returning officer give his casting vote in favour of the Mayor.

During his terms as both an Alderman and Councillor Jim Reid served at various times on nearly every Committee of Council. Jim was generous with his time and brought a wealth of experience and common sense to the Council table. Jim did not restrict his civic interests to Mosman and was Chair of Shorelink for a period, and the long standing Chair of the Warringah Remembers Committee. He was also a strong advocate of Friendship Agreements, being instrumental in the formation of our Agreement with Glen Innes, and making several trips to Mudanjiang, China, including the first visit in 1998 when as Mayor he signed the Friendship Agreement. The affection and respect of our Chinese friends for Jim is evident in e-mails the Council has already received from both the Mayor of Mudanjiang and the girls that he and Marlene have sponsored over the years. During his mayoralty he also travelled to Paciano, Italy, all visits being at his own expense.

Jim Reid was a member and past President of Mosman Rotary, and was a member of the Rural Fire Service (formerly Bush Fire Brigade) for many years.

I was in the process of preparing Mayoral Minutes to recognise the service of former Councillors that I had intended to present at one of the March meetings, and I regret that I will not have the opportunity on behalf of the people of Mosman to personally extend to Jim the appreciation of the service given by him.

Jim Reid is eligible for the Local Government & Shires Associations Outstanding Service Award as he had completed over 20 years of service to Local Government and I will be making arrangements to obtain the medal and citation for posthumous presentation to the family at a later date.

Jim has provided us with much service and companionship and he will be much missed by our community. To Marlene and the family I extend on behalf of the Councillors, staff and community of Mosman, our sincere condolences and I would ask all present in the Chambers to join with me in observing one minute’s silence in memory of the late James Thomas Reid.

— Mayor of Mosman, Cr Peter Abelson, at the Council Meeting of Tuesday 19 February 2013