THE Southern District racing community is mourning the loss of Ian Reid.
The long-time racing administrator passed away on Saturday aged 85.
Reid held the role of judge at Murrumbidgee Turf Club for a remarkable 44-year period and only retired from the position last year.
He adjudicated 42 Wagga Gold Cups.
Reid also held the position of Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) secretary for 36 years and was with the NSW Bookmakers Revision Committee for 32 years.
MTC honoured Reid last year with a race named in his honour, the Ian Reid Sprint, and the presentation of a perpetual trophy donated by friend Gowan Williams.
Just last year, Reid spoke of his love of racing.
“I loved what I did ... that’s why I did it for so long,” he said.
Reid is survived by wife Val and children David, Murray, Peter and Georgina.
A service to celebrate Reid’s life will be held at Wagga Crematorium Chapel on Thursday at 11.30am.