James R. Reid

December 20, 1935 - February 11, 2022

Visitation: Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home Inc., Ross Twp.

Service: Thursday, 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church, 1828 Roosevelt Rd, Sewickley, Pa 15143. Everyone please meet at Church.

James R. Reid, amazing father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Friday, February 11, 2022. Jim was born December 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the son of the late James and Willa Reid, of Sewickley, PA.
Jim attended Langley High School, graduating in 1954. He served three years in the U.S. Navy, after which he attended Penn Technical Institute. He was employed by the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (CSX) until retiring after 46 years as a Yard Master.
On December 21, 1957 he married Helen (Pat) Luetta Slocum in Scotch Hill, PA. They resided in Ohio Township for over 60 years, where they raised three children on their community farm. Jim was the loving father of Stephen J. Reid (Debra) of Adrian, PA, Sharon M. Spangler (John) of Farmersville, Texas, and Joyce A. Reid DeVol of Kimberton, PA.
On December 8, 1986 Jim was appointed as a Supervisor of Ohio Township. He tirelessly served the community that he loved for 36 years. Jim always put a high value in education, attending many classes and seminars through the Local Government Academy, Allegheny League of Municipalities and the Allegheny County Association of Township Officials. He served for many years on the Municipal Risk Management Board and the North Hill Council of Governments Executive Board. Jim was elected to his sixth full term as Supervisor in November 2018.
Jim was a member of the Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company, Mt. Nebo Grange #1872, and the Avonworth Historical Society. He attended Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church and Blackburn United Methodist Church. Jim was also a life-long Mason.
During his active years and into retirement he enjoyed participating in farm life; raising chickens, ducks and turkeys, collecting and distributing eggs (which he loved to share with family and friends) and tending to his cattle and his horse, Dixie, ably assisted by his trusted side-kick Nate Neuherz in recent years. He loved to support and encourage the activities of his children and grandchildren.
Jim is survived by seven grandchildren; Emily Cosniti, Reid Spangler, Kimberly Reid, Rose Spangler, Christian DeVol, Olivia DeVol, Molly Spangler, one great-granddaughter, Evelyn and his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Joe Lyons. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen (Pat) S. Reid, parents James and Willa Reid, and in-laws Roy and Vi Slocum.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church at 1828 Roosevelt Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to the Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company. Condolences may be offered online at www.devlinfuneralhome.com.

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  • Mike and Kathie Mellish

    We will miss Jim. He was a great person. We loved seeing the animals. Same time the chicken would get out and come up to our yard. The were beautiful. Rest In Peace Jim

  • Mike Fiorillo

    To Jim’s family, my deepest sympathy. Jim and I worked together on the railroad until he retired. He was a great coworker and friend. He’ll surely be missed. God bless 🙏

  • Tom and Amy Slocum

    We are so sorry for your loss. All are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rebecca Mudd Lewis

    Very sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Each Sunday morning, for 8 years, I watched Jim lovingly bring his sweet bride Pat to church. The care he showed her was extraordinary. I was lucky, as Mt Nebo’s church musician, to be on the receiving end of his gift of farm fresh eggs. May God grant his family His peace during this time.
    Rebecca Mudd Lewis


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