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Willis John Reid

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Death: circa January 1968 (81-89)
Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Carrie Reid and Margaret Jessie Reid
Father of Private; Private; Robert H Reid; Willis John Reid, Jr.; James Shirley Reid and 2 others

Occupation: Boat builder
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About Willis John Reid

Willis John Reid, widower of Caroline (Carrie) Tilley, born Newfoundland, died 1911.

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Willis J. Reid, with "Reid's Boat Yard", started in the business in 1905. Prior to W.W.II the yard built fine original yachts up to 96 feet long. Willis Reid had a reputation as a good boat builder and had the respect of and a good working relationship with many of the best yacht designers of the 20th century such as: John Alden, Sam Crocker, L. Francis Herreshoff, Phillip Rhodes and Eldridge McGinnis. Books about these designer's work often mention Willis J. Reid as the builder of some of their designs. In his third and final boat yard location he had as many as two hundred employees during World War II and built many army and navy craft up to 130 ft. long, for the government.

Source: http://www.reidboat.com/

Boats: http://www.reidboat.com/willis_j_reid.html

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Willis John Reid's Timeline

November 10, 1882
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Age 32
Massachusetts, United States
June 5, 1918
Age 35
Massachusetts, United States
Age 37
Winthrop, Massachusetts, United States
July 11, 1925
Age 42
January 1968
Age 85
Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States