James “Kelly” Reid was born on March 22, 1963 in Virginia Beach, VA. He grew up in a home built by his father. Kelly learned to work hard, be nice to everybody and only spend what you can afford. During his high school years, he landed his first job at Taylor’s Do It Center where he learned how things worked. He was especially proud of saving enough money to buy his first car while in high school. Growing up, Kelly and his friends enjoyed a passion for cars, four wheelers, dirt bikes and the beach. He was well known for his epic parties in the backyard barn.
Kelly is the proud and loving father of two amazing children, Mallory Reid Lamoureux and Brandon Reid. Twenty-one years ago, he met his amazing partner and the love of his life, Diana Lundquist. They enjoyed traveling, eating out and spending time with family and friends. During all of his 57 years, Kelly collected friendships that lasted his lifetime. He was a man who sought out people to talk with and never met a stranger. Kelly spent nearly every Saturday morning at Citrus with the breakfast crew at the bar, sharing stories and laughs.
Kelly was an explorer who loved metal detecting, antique and thrift stores, magnet fishing and garage sales in search of a hidden treasure and a good story. Kelly was also an artist who saw the potential in unusual things. He made metal chandeliers out of a garbage truck mud flap, oyster cookers out of Zep barrels, figures out of shovel heads, Christmas trees from 144 wine bottles and he even built a 1930 Ford Roadster from the rusted shell of a car. Kelly grew to be a seasoned traveler. Over the past ten years he traveled to Jamaica, Cabo, Hawaii, St Lucia, the BVI’s on a catamaran. He was a certified scuba diver. Kelly loved traveling to small towns meeting and talking with the people he met. He especially loved dressing up and attending the Gold Cup horse races in Warrenton, VA with Scott, Meriann and Courtney while staying at The Airlie. Kelly was an athlete who religiously played racquetball with the boys three days a week and loved the camaraderie on the court.
Kelly retired as a Mechanic Supervisor of Waste Management for the City of Virginia Beach with 35 years of service. The relationships he built within the city were more valuable to him than any paycheck. Kelly enjoyed working. He ran his own pressure washing business. He maintained commercial properties. He was a master at plastering ceilings and walls. He loved fixing every broken thing his friends brought to him. He was adamant he could fix anything with a good YouTube video. He repaired his own golf cart and zero turn mower a hundred times. He enjoyed mowing for his neighbors and driving his golf cart all over visiting with friends.
Kelly was devastatingly diagnosed with a recurrent terminal brain tumor in November of 2019 on the day he was set to sign his retirement papers. He underwent surgery to remove it, but had a stroke in the ICU the next day due to uncontrolled blood pressure. A second surgery was performed to remove the pooled blood in his brain before he decided to fight for his life with every fiber of his being. Kelly spent the past 13 months re-building his relationship with God, re-kindling his relationships with old friends, spending quality time with family, traveling, working hard on his new KETO diet and treatment regimen, meeting his new granddaughter, exercising, and searching endlessly for ways to defy the odds. After a solid year of happiness, the tumor sadly returned and the cancer spread. God urgently called Kelly home to a more important assignment, but not before He said, “Well done my good and faithful servant…well done.”
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