M. Reid Bush

BushM. Reid Bush, 78, on May 13, 2020, peacefully at home in Honey Brook, Pa. Reid was born on August 8, 1941, to Merrill E. and Doris Bush.

Reid was a teacher by profession and by nature. He enriched the world and everyone around him though his devotion and care for all that was important to him. He touched many lives and maintained those relationships over the years. Friends say there was joy in knowing him. His witty humor, his quiet way of lifting others up, and his quirky personality touched everyone in a unique way.

Reid was a beloved member of many communities: Ohio Wesleyan University, Friends School of Baltimore, William Penn Charter School, Moorestown Friends School, the Honey Brook Community Library, and Camp Dark Waters. His fundamental belief in his values and resolve to live by them helped to mold these communities into the thoughtful places they are today.

One of his greatest loves was Camp Dark Waters, a summer camp under Friends leadership for about 100 boys and girls, nestled by a creek in the woods in Medford Township, N.J. Camp Dark Waters might not exist today if not for Reid’s tireless efforts and attention, whether by instilling his values in others; sharing his vision for the future; or holding the camp together with duct tape, a few bent nails, and his love. His creation and stewardship of the Campership Trust Fund made it possible for many campers who might not otherwise have been able to afford camp to become part of the camp community.

Reid leaves many legacies. His most enduring are his relationships, which celebrate the potential and goodness of us all. He lived completely free, asking others to lose themselves and the images they want to project, focusing instead on what they have to give. His life and his legacy will endure through those lucky enough to have known him.

Reid was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Doris Bush; a brother, Bruce Bush; and a sister, Elizabeth Bush (Isa Boucher Murray). He is survived by a sister-in-law, Mary Bush; one niece; two grandnephews; and many close friends who loved him dearly.

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