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Legendary Essendon doctor dies

The Essendon Football club is mourning the loss of long time club doctor Bruce Reid, who passed away on Tuesday night aged 74.

Reid spent 39 years as the club's doctor, joining the club the same time as Kevin Sheedy was appointed coach having spent time at Richmond in the late 1970's.

Along with his four decades of service to Essendon, he was the doctor for four Australian International Rules teams between 1987 and 2006 and three Victorian state teams over a 20-year period, and secretary of the AFL Medical Officers Association. 

Reid’s contributions were recognised in 2009 when he was awarded an AFL Lifetime Achievement Award. A year later, the AFL jointly awarded the Jack Titus Medal to Reid and his colleague Reynolds for their services to the game.

Reid was inducted in to the Essendon Hall of Fame in 2014 and was just this week elevated to legend status along with Neale Daniher, Gavin Wanganeen and Dustin Fletcher.

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said it was a deeply sad day for the Football Club.

“Bruce was a true champion within our football club. He meant more than he could have ever imagined to so many and he will be sorely missed within the Essendon family and broader community,” Campbell said.

“Bruce’s legacy and impact cannot be measured. His years of service were significant, but his care, compassion, humour and positivity can never be replaced. He was a confidant and true friend to so many.” 

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