February 23, 1999 - July 20, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Reid Enzo Ross Davidson of Nanaimo, British Columbia, on July 20th, 2023 at the age of 24, surrounded by his loving family and friends. His young life was taken tragically in a vehicle collision.
Reid was born on February 23, 1999, in Kamloops, British Columbia, the son of Michael and Lisa (Lizzi).
Reid grew up in the community of 100 Mile House, British Columbia where he attended 100 Mile House Elementary and Peter Skene Odgen Secondary. He graduated in 2017 with a Double Dogwood having been in the French Immersion program since kindergarten. He was always proud of his 100 Mile House roots.
After high school, Reid chose to attend Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo where he studied and played soccer for the VIU Mariners. Reid earned his Bachelor of Tourism Management with a Major in Recreation, a Recreation and Sport Management Diploma and an Event Management certificate. Reid was an excellent student, twice named to the Dean's Honour List and twice named CCAA National Scholar.
During his time at VIU, Reid met the love of his life, Georgia Nicholls. Reid and Georgia shared many interests. Besides their passion for soccer, they loved to explore together, be with friends and family and spend time with Nicholls' dogs.
While attending university, Reid worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Nanaimo. Upon completion of university, Reid began his role as Administrative Lead at Nanaimo United TC. Most recently, he served as Game Day Manager for Harbourside FC in its inaugural League 1 BC season. At a very young age Reid established himself in the community of Nanaimo and became respected by so many through his work, dedication and involvement in soccer and other endeavors.
Reid LOVED sports. He played minor hockey in 100 Mile House, high school basketball with the Eagles and most recently golf. But he had a passion for the "beautiful game". He began playing at an early age with his mom as his coach in Timbits soccer with the 100 Mile House Soccer association. He then made stops in Williams Lake, Kamloops, the European Football School in Vancouver and the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy before moving to Nanaimo to join the VIU Mariners (where he was recognized as the Unsung Hero in 2019), and Nanaimo United FC. Reid was known for his accurate penalty shot, which won the team he captained the Division 2 VISL League title recently.
One of Reid's other passions was travelling. He loved the outdoors and always enjoyed family adventures with the Davidson, Lizzi and Nichols families. But Reid's favourite destination was Disneyland, which he recently visited with Georgia. He knew all the tricks to get the most out of a visit.
He loved to spend time with family during the holidays, often visiting 100 Mile House and Kamloops. Reid especially enjoyed his Sunday dinners with the Nicholls family in Ladysmith where he was famous for mixing Caesars. Over the last few years Reid "The Grill Master" enjoyed cooking for his friends.
Reid was a shining example of kindness and authenticity. His genuine and humble nature endeared him to everyone he encountered in his short life. He made friends easily and leaves a lasting impact on those lucky enough to know him.
Reid is predeceased by his nonna Emma Lizzi (Buttazzoni) and his grandmother Shannon Davidson (Shae) as well as his uncle Richard Davidson.
Remaining to cherish Reid's memory are his partner Georgia Nicholls; parents Michael and Lisa; sister Lydia Wolfe (Brett); nonno Enzo Lizzi and grandpa Ross Davidson (Christine); aunts/zias Laura, Rose, Anita and Kim; uncles/zios Victor, Brian and Rob; cousins Cecely, Eric, Emma, Annan, Ethan, Alessandro and Serena; the Nicholls family Kathleen, Dave, Mary and family; the Clarke family, numerous great aunts and uncles, cousins and many close friends in all the communities that Reid was a part of.
We would like the thank the first responders in Nanaimo and the medical staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and Victoria General Hospital for your compassionate care and efforts.
Reid will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Kamloops, British Columbia at a private family service.
There will be two Celebrations of Life for Reid that all are welcome to attend.
In Kamloops, British Columbia: Saturday, August 12th at 1:30 p.m. at Thompsons Rivers University Grand Hall (Campus Activity Centre) 1055 University Drive.
In Nanaimo, British Columbia: Saturday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. at Vancouver Island University Gymnasium, 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo, British Columbia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Reid's memory can be directed to BC Children's Hospital, the BCSPCA and KidSport British Columbia. These were all special organizations to Reid.
Condolences may be expressed at SchoeningFuneralService.com
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