A memorial service in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon drew hundreds of mourners, who turned out to remember and celebrate the life of late Mono County Supervisor Bill Reid. Some 300 family, friends, fellow Supervisors, County staff and colleagues turned out to honor the popular public servant, whose work in Mono County dates back decades.
Reid passed away early Wednesday morning from what the Coroner’s office indicated was “natural causes.”
The California Highway Patrol air squad performed a fly-over at the ceremony, clustered in the traditional “missing-man” formation in memory of a lost member. Reid’s service in the CHP dates back to the early 1970s, during which he rose to the rank of Area Commander.
Eulogies, tributes and accolades punctuated the Reid’s family and professional life, and there wasn’t a dry eye to be found when his favorite song was played: Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
Vice Chair Byng Hunt will take over for Reid as work on the Mono County Board of Supervisors continues on Nov. 3. The Board is expected to hear more details regarding options for filling the open seat during that meeting.
As many have already observed, Reid can be succeeded, but will never be replaced.