Just before his death, which occurred at the end of the month of December, the athlete emeritus Claude Reid has been honored by Saguenay. Designated best athlete of Kénogami of the last 100 years, a bust in his honor now graces the main entrance of the arena Kenogami.
The ceremony took place on the 28th of December, a few hours before his death, unveiled the municipal authorities, Wednesday, in a press release. Therefore, it has not been able to take part in the intimate ceremony attended by his children, Jean-François and Marie-Claude Reid, as well as the municipal councillor and president of the sports Commission and the outdoors, Michel Thiffault, personality politics and sports Robert Lavoie, as well as the artist-sculptor professional who has carried out the work, Solange Cuff.
Former player of hockey, baseball, curling and golf, Claude Reid had been designated as the best athlete of the last 100 years of Kenogami, in a competition organised in 2012 by the local newspaper The Kénogamien, among sixty candidates, in the framework of the 100th anniversary of the former municipality merged first in Jonquière and Saguenay.
“We are very happy to honour permanently the journey of this athlete. Mr. Reid is part of the best sportsmen of the Saguenay the last hundred years. His achievements are an asset, and are a source of pride for our city, ” said Michel Thiffault.
“I want to pay tribute to the athlete, but also to this exceptional man, very endearing, for his optimism, his sociability, his valour, his generosity, his courage, and his integrity. Roland Reid, his father, would of course be very happy and proud to see her son honored in the arena of the recreational park bearing the name of his honored grand-father, J. Alcide Reid “, for his part, expressed Robert Lavoie.
As a hockey player, Claude Reid has participated in the prestigious international Tournament pee-wee de Québec with the Marquis, in addition to part of the edition champion of the Memorial Cup of the Ramparts of Quebec, at the end of the season 1970-71. The team led by Guy Lafleur had won 54 victories, a record at the time.
As a baseball player, he was also invited to the camp of the Montreal Expos, while he has won numerous provincial and national championships of curling, in addition to being shown on the regional arena of golf.