249 Honorary Colonel Patrick L Reid, OC, MC, CD

Honorary Colonel Patrick L Reid, OC, MC, CD

Colonel Reid’s titles recognise his appointment as the Honorary Colonel of the BC Regiment, and his formal decorations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC), was decorated with the Military Cross (MC) for bravery in Italy in 1944 while serving with the North Irish Horse, and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for meritorious long service in the Canadian Forces. 

Chair, Vancouver Port Corporation. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 14, 1924, to William James and Kathleen (nee Lockhart) Reid. Received a Belt of Honour degree from Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst England) in 1944, received an L.L.B. from Queen’s University (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in 1948, and received a P.S.C. from Canadian Army Staff College (Kingston, Ontario) in 1954.Commander of Military Police in Singapore from 1945-47; Adjutant with l4th/20th Kings Hussars in England from 1950-51; Director of Canadian Government Exhibition Commission in Ottawa from 1962-68; Commissioner General of Canadian Participation in Milan, Italy from 1964-68; Commissioner General of Canadian Participation in San Antonio, Texas in 1968: Commissioner General of Canadian Participation, Expo ‘70 in Osaka from 1968-70; Commissioner General of Canadian Participations in Spokane, Washington in 1974; Commissioner General of Canadian Participation in Okinawa, Japan in 1975: Minister at Canada House in London, England from 1978-82; President of International Bureau of Expositions in Paris, France from 1979-83; Ambassador and Commissioner General of Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1982-86: Consul General of Canada in San Francisco, California from 1986-88; Chair of Air Show Canada from 1989-91; and Chair of Globe 90 and Globe 92.

    •  Family: Married Alison Cumming on December 12, 1958. They have two children: Amanda and Michael.

    •  Business address: 27th Floor, 200 Granville Street, Vancouver BC V6C 1S4 Ph: 666-3841.

    • Directorships: World Trade Centre; Vancouver Board of Trade; Director, Canada-Japan Society; Director, International Maritime Centre: Director, Ports Canada.

    • Community Associations: Vice Chair, Man-In-Motion Society; Vancouver Symphony Society; Presidents Club; Simon Fraser University Commonwealth Society; Council of Patrons; Unicef- BC. Pastimes: Riding, yachting. Gulf Islands home.

    • Honours: Officer; Order of Canada;. Military Cross; Canadian Forces Decoration; Centennial Medal; Great Cross of the Order of Merit, Peru; Order of the Chrysanthemum of Japan; 1986 Sales Executive of Sales & Marketing International; First Distinguished Leadership Award of Simon Fraser University, 1986: Vancouver Downtown Association Award, 1986; Community Leadership Award of Vancouver; Board of Trade, 1990 (with wife, Alison); Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Kiwanis Foundation of Canada, 1989.  

The Ireland Canada Monument Society extend our sincere thanks to Colonel Keith Maxwell (Retired) formally of the British Columbia Regiment for his assistance with Colonel Reid’s Biography.

Colonel Reid’s connection to Canada’s Maple Leaf flag can be found at the following link:   The Maple Leaf Flag