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Brian Reynolds | 1935 - 2015

REYNOLDS, Brian - Brian Victor Reynolds was born Sunday's child full of grace on August 25, 1935 in Birmingham, England, third of John and Vera's ten children.

As a boy family outings to visit stately homes and gardens and days skipped from school spent in the history or science museum, the art gallery or wandering the English countryside gave Brian a deep love of his heritage, fine craftsmanship, invention and above all the natural world. He apprenticed as a production woodturner, served in the Royal Engineers and after university moved to beautiful Tasmania Australia, a land he loved, to work as a field entomologist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and to raise his family.

As a conservationist he fought to save the Franklin River wilderness and old growth forests. A good athlete he swam, sailed, hiked, played golf, tennis, soccer and especially enjoyed coaching young Tasmanian soccer players. He was a story teller, a world traveller, a collector of British and Australian stamps with faults and variations, an inventor, an entrepreneur, a fan of the violin and a life long lover of cheese.

One hot January eve on a Hobart street corner Brian stopped to give directions to a tourist from Canada. A few days later he saw that tourist again standing under a tree at Salamanca Market and asked her out to dinner. Three years and thousands of telephone dollars and travel miles later, ever patient and persistent, he married that lucky tourist in 1992 and came to live in Stratford.

Brian opened a custom woodturning business and "played" brilliantly at his craft until illness led to retirement. Brian was a strong, determined, soft hearted optimist. He encouraged everyone to follow their own path and not to let anyone steal their dreams.

On February 8, 2015 Brian died.

He is survived by his wife Gayle Tribick, her sister Jane and their mother June of Stratford, his daughters Mandy (Serge) Belpatronne of Noumea, New Caledonia, Carol Reynolds and Tracy Payne and their mother Sheila of Hobart, Tasmania. His girls and grandchildren Oliver, Bianca, Brandon, Jessica, Luke and great grandson Damien were his pride and joy. His parents and siblings Michael, Lynda and Clive Reynolds predeceased Brian. Living in the United Kingdom are his sisters Pauline Catley and Judith French and brothers Peter, Roy, Richard and Christopher Reynolds and their families.

There will be no funeral. Brian's body was bequeathed to The Schulich School of Medicine at Western University, London, Ontario.

Plant a tree for Brian.

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."

-- John Muir

 
   
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