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CLEO G. BROWN REID, LONG-TIME CIVIC LEADER

Services for Cleo G. Brown Reid, a long-time civic leader, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Our Savior Lutheran Church, 26 Brunswick Blvd. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Mrs. Reid, 74, died Thursday (Dec. 20, 1990) in the Erie County Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

She was a recreation leader for senior citizens in the Erie County Department of Parks and Recreation, retiring Oct. 19, 1984.

Mrs. Reid received many awards and honors for her achievements in forwarding the cause of African Americans. She also supported the causes of youth, was widely acclaimed for her role with the elderly, and was known for her work in the political arena and with action agencies and civic, social and fraternal groups.

A graduate of School 6 and Lafayette High School, Mrs. Reid also attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 1936 to 1939.

She was honored for outstanding community service by the Masten Republican Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Erie County Republican Party. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Common Council in the Ellicott District several times.

She was appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to the state Social Welfare Board.

Mrs. Reid was a member and parliamentarian of the Buffalo Club National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club. She was a volunteer for the Community Action Organization and a member of its board of directors. She also promoted the grandmother program and pushed for observance of the week of the young child.

Mrs. Reid served on the advisory committee for the DART program on drug addiction and promoted three state halfway houses for delinquent youths.

Mrs. Reid was given the president's award for 20 years of service to Community Action and the National Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for Negro Business and Professional Women's Club. She received a recognition award as a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

An avid bowler and excellent golfer, Mrs. Reid played at city and county golf courses for many years.

She lived on South Division Street for 30 years before her home was destroyed in a propane explosion in 1983.

Mrs. Reid is survived by a daughter, Valerie McLeish; a son, Graham E. of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Lewis D. Rogers Jr. of North Tonawanda and Joseph Rogers of Boston; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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