With saddened hearts and wonderful memories we announce the passing of Barbara Reid. Barbara was predeceased by her husband Jack C. Reid in 1991. She will be forever remembered by her son Bruce (Jenica) and her grandson Jonn, whom she adored.
Born in Vancouver BC, Barbara attended the Vancouver Art School, after high school graduation. Upon graduation from Art School, she landed a job as a fashion illustrator for The Hudson Bay Company. This career led her into modeling bathing suits and the well known Aljean line of tartans, as well as high fashion ladies ware. As her modeling career flourished, she represented Aljean at fashion shows across North America. Always an artist, she became a successful designer at Aljean and worked closely with the skilled Jean Guskin in producing high quality, fashionable ladies clothing of the time. The garment industry in Vancouver was thriving and in 1963 Barbara started her own company “Carriage Trade” with Jack Reid. With Carriage Trade, she was able to exercise her artistic flair and capture the excitement of the 1960s with bold designs. Carriage Trade flourished and her garments were sold in finer stores across North America. This fulfilled Barbara’s dream of manufacturing fashions of her own design in the heyday of the Vancouver garment industry.
Barbara and Jack retired to Salt Spring Island and spent 20 magical years together, on the point. Barbara loved Grenfell boats, fishing, painting and gardening. We are so grateful to those who helped Barbara to be able to stay in her home until the end. Special thanks go to Barb, Maureen, Peter & Arletta and Carol for the love and care they showed her.
There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life on Saturday, November 12th at 263 Monteith Road, Salt Spring Island, at 2pm.