his wife Mag moved to Henley-in Arden nearly 50 years ago,
establishing Torquil Pottery in wonderful old half timbered
buildings. Torquil was the name of a houseboat that Reg
lived in when when working at the Odney pottery down in
Cookham. The Gallery Upstairs held its first exhibition
in 1985 when the children's playroom was converted into
a gallery. Initially exhibitions were of work by family
and friends but more recently have included work from many
major artists and craftspeople from all over the UK.
Over the years Reg and his team have built
a strong following and this was very evident at the memorial
event that took place in March to celebrate Reg's life and
work. The Gallery Upstairs was packed with people who came
to celebrate Reg's life and to say goodbye to one of their
best friends. In the gallery, Reg's family displayed some
of his pots together with photo montages of family pictures,
photo albums of exhibitions and scrapbooks.
We all walked over to the Memorial Hall
where family and close friends took turns to reflect on
Reg's life and help that he gave many people over the years.
We held up our glasses as son Paul proposed a toast to Reg.
Thank you Mag, Carey, Paul and everyone
else involved for providing a fitting tribute to a wonderful
family man who touched the hearts of many people.