Hundreds attend funeral of Don Reid

 Don Reid’s coffin is taken from  St Mary’s church, Shankill, Co Dublin, after his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Don Reid’s coffin is taken from St Mary’s church, Shankill, Co Dublin, after his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 



Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Anne’s church in Shankill, Co Dublin, on Saturday for the funeral of prominent tax practitioner Don Reid, who had served as chairman of The Irish Times. He died unexpectedly in the garden of his Mayo home last week.

“I’m quite certain he prayed for release, but he didn’t consult us about it,” his brother, Fr Des Reid, told the congregation. Fr Reid was the chief celebrant, together with nine other priests and Dr James Moriarty, former bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Mr Reid’s youngest son, Ronan, said he did not die of a heart attack, but of a broken heart, referring to the fact that Nano Reid, Mr Reid’s wife of 56 years, died in April. His father, he told the congregation, “observed with real sadness that his home had now become a house with mum’s passing”.

Mr Reid spoke movingly of a father who “was a gardener par excellence, a DIY expert, a raconteur, an avid sports follower. He was the strongest, most honest and smartest man I ever met.”

Rudyard Kipling’s The Glory of the Garden was read by his daughter Mary, and Digging by Seamus Heaney, was read by his grandson, Cian Reid.

The chief mourners were Mr Reid’s five children, Mary, Anne, John, Desmond and Ronan, his brothers Fr Des and Benny, sister Joan, nine grandchildren and a number of in-laws.

Also there were previous members of the Irish Times board and trust, including Alex Burns and Séamus McCague, Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh and former managing director Maeve Donovan, deputy editor Denis Staunton and a former deputy editor, Pat O’Hara.

From the finance sector were, including current and former KPMG and Stokes Kennedy Crowley partners, Terence O’Rourke, also a director of The Irish Times; Shaun Murphy; Richard Whelan; Gerry McEvoy; Bill Foley; Ron Carroll, John Nash; Jerome Kennedy; Pat O’Brien and Niall O’Carroll.

Burial afterwards was to Shanganagh Cemetery.