Our History

First established in the mid-1800s by Drake Mabee, our business would pass through the hands of two other families before Thad Stevens purchased the firm in 1923. Stevens, who got his start in funeral service when he apprenticed as a carpenter to a funeral director, is said to have assisted with the preparation of the Titanic victims in Halifax in 1912. It was 1950 when Cecil Reid arrived in Hampton to take over the funeral home from Thad Stevens. While the business clearly has deep roots and much history in the community, it is the Reid family name that today symbolizes compassionate funeral service for most who call Hampton and area home. Cecil (1926-2010) and his wife Frances (1927-2013) would run and grow the business for decades while raising an active family in the community. In 1967 they moved the funeral home across the street to it's current location. The next generation would all grow up in and around the family business, but it was youngest son Brock who would take up the torch, joining his father in the profession more than 30 years ago. Brock and wife Barbara would carry on the busy family tradition raising three daughters of their own while both serving the Town of Hampton in and away from the business. Cecil's son-in-law Len Goobie would also come into the business in the 1980s, soon becoming a licensed funeral director and active community supporter. Today Len maintains the Reid family ties to the firm.

In early 2013 Brock and Barbara Reid would decide to retire from the profession but ensured the ongoing care of their friends and neighbours by seeking out a new family to take the reins. Funeral Director Dyson Regular and his wife Melissa would become just the sixth family in more than 150 years to assume responsibility for the care of those in and around Hampton at times of loss. Dyson, a native of Newfoundland & Labrador and Melissa who grew up in Kars near Belleisle Bay, have resided in Hampton for more than a decade with their young family. Dyson Regular has more than a decade of experience in funeral service first as a Preplanning Counsellor and then a Licensed Funeral Director. Over the course of his career he has worked with both Reid's and Sherwood's Funeral Homes. His new firm has also purchased Sherwood's located in the nearby community of Norton.

Today Dyson and Len Goobie share the funeral directing duties at Reid's while Melissa takes an administrative role.