Essendon mourns long-time club doctor Bruce Reid after his death aged 74

Long-time Essendon medico Dr Bruce Reid has lost his battle with cancer in the same week he was elevated to Legend status in the Bombers’ Hall of Fame.

Reid was 74 and leaves behind his wife Judy and their five children.

Former Bombers captain Brendon Goddard described Reid as “a wonderful man”.

“It’s sad news for everyone, especially Judy and the kids,” Goddard said on Wednesday on AFL Trade Radio.

“The footy club was almost like a sanctuary for him, he just loved the club and the boys. He has had such an immense impact on so many people’s lives.”

Essendon on Monday lifted Reid – alongside Neale Daniher, Gavin Wanganeen and Dustin Fletcher – to Legend status in its Hall of Fame.

“Both Neale and Bruce have been fighting respective health issues in recent years, so I am delighted our Hall of Fame committee can bestow this honour to two such beloved members of the Essendon family,” Essendon president Paul Brasher said on Monday.

“Both Neale and Bruce are warriors and we are wishing them and their families our continued love, thoughts and support.”

Bruce Reid tends to Bomber Michael Long.Source:Herald Sun

Bruce Reid chats with Joe Daniher.Source:News Corp Australia


Reid arrived at Windy Hill in 1982 when approached by then-coach Kevin Sheedy.

He received Essendon life membership in 1994 and the AFL in 2010 recognised Reid’s contribution to the league by awarding him the Jack Titus Recognition of Service Award.

Reid stepped down from his role as club doctor indefinitely in December 2018 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer affecting the mesothelial cells across internal organs.

Last October, Reid achieved a $1.4 million settlement from asbestos manufacturers Amaca Pty Ltd and Seltsam Pty Ltd after uncovering he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres during the construction of his Yarrambat home from late 1975 to 1976.

Reid was cleared of his role in the Essendon supplements saga after being one of four staff members initially charged by the AFL.

Goodbye my old friend – RIP Dr Bruce Reid

"If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants"

Bless you Bruce Reid


Absolutely shattered to hear of the passing of Bruce Reid. Some ppl just leave a lasting positive mark on u and that to me is the meaning of life. My heart goes out to his family and all my ex teammates and other Essendon players and staff who love him so much. #valebrucereid

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