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Obituary: Orange chief Tom Reid revered by Tyrone brethren

Published 25/02/2016

Strong advocate: Tom Reid
Strong advocate: Tom Reid

Tributes have been paid on the death of Orange Order leader and well-known Presbyterian Church elder Tom Reid.

Mr Reid was former county grand master of Tyrone and the predecessor of the current grand master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson said: "Tom was highly revered in his role as county grand master of Tyrone Grand Orange Lodge from 1985 to 1998.

"During his tenure he was always a strong advocate of the loyal orders in his home county and he fulfilled his duties with great ability. Tom's passing is a great loss to the entire community."

Mr Reid was also well-known in Presbyterian circles and was a long-time elder and clerk of session at Clogherney Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the board of governors of Dervaghroy Primary School.

In 2008 he was a recipient of the Royal Maundy, distributed by the Queen at St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh.

Paying tribute, the minister of Clogherney Presbyterian Church Rev Norman Smyth said that Mr Reid was an able preacher and an astute clerk of session.

Mr Reid's funeral was widely-attended, with several hundred people in the congregation.

He is survived by his wife, Louie and sons Henry, Alan, and Geoffrey.

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