Joseph Cary Reid, 64, of Manassas died Jan. 14, 2019. He was the CFO of Observer Newspapers, which publishes the Old Bridge Observer and the Bull Run Observer, and the retired owner of JR’s Painting & Home Improvements. Earlier in his career, he was associated with the Prince William Association of Realtors for 25 years in various positions including Education Director, Membership Director and Acting Executive Officer. He excelled at customer service.
He was born in Loudoun County on May 15, 1954, the son of Cary Armstead Reid and Elizabeth Embrey Reid. The Reids were among the first families to purchase a home in the “new” community of Manassas Park in 1955. Joe was a 1972 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, in the first class to graduate from the “new” high school on Rixlew Lane.
From the time he was 15 until he stopped bowling several years ago, Joe was an active bowler. He bowled in many regular leagues, was a tournament bowler, won numerous awards and served as league president for several years. He was also a golfer, a hunter and a bingo player.
He was an avid home gardener and liked to share fresh vegetables he grew with others, particularly the elderly. He could repair almost anything and was always quick to offer friends and neighbors a helping hand.
He was the beloved husband of Donna R. “Randi” Reid, editor of the newspapers mentioned above. He is also survived by three children, Joyce R. Balius of Eustis, Fla., Ames B. Flynn of Charlotte, NC and Ashley Blanchard of Winston Salem, NC; six grandchildren; two sisters, Jenny Reid and Janice Glines of Manassas Park and a brother, John Reid of Sterling. He is also Survived by two nieces, Lauren and Lindsey Reid, a nephew, Joseph Glines II and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas, where a service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20,2019. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad.
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