A former Lodi mayor passed away in Bakersfield on Saturday morning. Fred Reid was 92.
Reid moved to Lodi with his wife Margery Reid in 1966, at 45 years old.
Reid worked as a senior engineer for Pacific Bell telephone company after a stint in the Navy as an officer. He served during World War II from 1942 to 45, and was called back into active duty from the Navy reserves to serve in the Korean War from 1951 to 52.
Reid was a two-term member of the Lodi City Council. He was elected in 1982 and served with Evelyn Olson and Randy Snider, among others. He served twice as Lodi’s mayor, in 1982-83, and 1986-87.
Tom Peterson, the city manager while Reid was on the council, remembers Reid as a thorough man who was highly respected by those who served with him.
“Fred was a very precise individual,” said Peterson. “His greatest contribution was his absolute attention to detail.”
Don Maas lived next door to Reid and his family for many years, and was a good friend. They often took off for the Sierras, where they went hunting and fishing.
“He was a very hard worker,” said Maas of Reid’s time on the council. “He didn’t just take it for granted. Many times, a bundle of stuff would come in he had to read before the next meeting, and he would just buckle right down.”
An electricity substation in Lodi on East Thurman Road is named after Reid, in honor of his contributions while representing Lodi to the Northern California Power Association. He was chairman of that association in 1988.
In Lodi, Reid was a member of the Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club and the Sons In Retirement club, and was an elder at the Lodi Methodist Church on Church Street. In his later years, Reid took up golf and was an avid player.
Reid’s wife Margery Reid was a teacher who worked at Lakewood Elementary School for 20 years, and continued to volunteer after her retirement. She passed away in Oct. 2010.
The couple had three sons, Richard, Gary and Tom Reid. There are four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one more great-grandchild on the way.
In 2007, Reid moved to an assisted living home in Bakersfield to be closer to his son Tom Reid and his family. Reid suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years. He passed away in bed at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
“I just know that Lodi became his true hometown,” said Tom Reid. “He called it ‘livable, lovable Lodi,’ and he meant that.”
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