Our Heritage

Over A Century Of Caring, Compassionate Service

After 129 years of service and three generations of family-ownership, Reid Funeral Home is one of the largest and oldest independently run family owned funeral homes in Essex County. Generation after generation, families turn to us in their time of loss and grief, having certainty in our long tradition of service that is compassionate, devoted, correct to the smallest detail, and completely guaranteed.

In 1860 William Finck started a funeral and furniture business in Leamington, Ontario. On January 1, 1888 William Smith bought Mr. Finck’s business. William’s son, Robert E. Smith, began working with the company in 1900. At this time, the business became known as Smith & Son Funeral and Furniture, until 1948 when it was incorporated as William Smith & Co. Ltd.

Robert E. Reid began working with the company in 1937 and worked his way up to president. In 1962, Robert’s son, James R. Reid joined the business with his father.

The company remained William Smith & Co. Ltd. until 1969. At this time, following the passing of Robert E. Smith, the company became Reid Funeral Home. In 1974, David Connor became shareholder in the company followed by Robert Hudders in 1975. Robert E. Reid retired in 1979 after 42 active years with the company. 

On February 27, 1988 Reid Funeral Home Essex location officially opened it’s doors, offering the residents of Essex County the same compassionate service that is a trademark of our Leamington location.

In 1984, Kevin Reid began working at the firm. Following the retirement of his father, James Reid, and David Connor in 1997, Kevin became partner with Robert Hudders. These two men along with their capable staff continued to provide the residents of Leamington and Essex with caring, compassionate service. 

In July 2006, Robert Hudders and Kevin Reid, were proud to welcome Craig Baker as a partner with the Reid Funeral Home. 

In May 2016 Robert Hudders stepped down as partner and continues to be involved as a part of our caring team.

Families come to us for personal service, attention to their wishes and respect for their budgetary needs. Decade after decade, they trust in our dedication to their comfort and attention to detail. It is the foundation of a tradition that began over a century ago.