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Reginald Webb REDSTON
Père : REDSTON
Décès le : 2008-11-28
Parution : 2008-12-03
Conjoint(e) : Beverly
Paru dans : The Kingston Whig Standard, ON

REDSTON, Reginald Webb - (December 12, 1912- November 28, 2008) at Kingston General Hospital. Reg made it home on a wing and a prayer more than once in his life. In August 2004 he lay in the intensive care unit of Kingston General Hospital. He'd had a heart attack and wasn't expected to make it through the night. Miraculously, ten days later he was walking through his garden talking about his research with plants, his thrilling aviation experiences in the Ferry Command and career in textiles. Reg was a wonderful raconteur. Sadly, his own story came to an end just two weeks short of his 96th birthday. Reg was born in Stroud, England, one of seven children. He studied textile processing at Leeds University in England. After immigrating to Canada at the age of 18, Reg started out as a day labourer in a textile mill in rural Quebec where he found his vocation as a textile dyer. He worked for Geigy Chemicals as a chemist. He later taught night courses at Sir George Williams College, now Concordia University. Reg lived and breathed textiles throughout his illustrious career, retiring as Vice President of Hubbard Dyers Ltd. in 1978. He was the only person to receive the highest honour from three textile societies: Canadian Bronze Medal (1959), British Silver Medal (1975), and the American Harold C. Chapin Award (1989). In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. On October 1, 1943, he received his wings from Her Royal Highness, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, who was living in Canada during the war. F/L Reginald Redston saw active duty as a navigator for the elite Ferry Command which took him to many fascinating places including Algiers, India, the Azores and Morocco. After the war he studied textile processing at Leeds University in England. In 1988 he returned to Morocco, in a voluntary capacity for the Canadian Executive Services Over Seas, to provide advice to a textile dyeing manufacturer. In 1949, Reg married Beverly Jean Steers and raised their four children in Montreal. Reg was an active member of the Unitarian Church and appointed President for several terms. The family lived in Chateaugay, Town of Mount Royal, and Beaconsfield. Reg enjoyed golf and Lawn Bowling and gardening during those years. In 1991 Reg and Bev settled in Kingston, where Reg was active in the Kingston Horticultural Society. He was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, most notably the Ontario Horticultural Society's Silver Fir Award, which honours a member of the society who has provided outstanding service for an extended period of time. Reg will be remembered for his great generosity of spirit, his enthusiasm for life long learning and lust for life. He will be greatly missed by his wife Beverly, his children Christopher, Stephen, Andrea, and daughters-in-law Loralee and Ann (he was predeceased by his son Dr. Mark in 1995). Reg had five grandchildren Zachary, Geoffrey, Caroline, Keith and Eric; a devoted niece Sheila Mahood (nee Redston) and family, nephews John, Peter, Jim, and their families; sister-in-law Jean Redston; and the many Nieces and Nephews overseas and in Canada. His body is with Queens University Medical Research Faculty. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship 214 Concession St. Kingston Ontario on January 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm. “Make The Big Effort. You'll Be Glad You Did“ In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Diabetic Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Charity of your choice. IN CARE OF SIMPLER TIMES CREMATION SERVICE 613-382-3683 / 613-389-7223 on-line condolences www.simplertimes.org 11341865

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