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Obituary written by Mrs Josephine Reynolds, wife of the late Brian Reynolds.

It is with great sadness that I write to notify you of the death of my husband, Brian Llewelyn Reynolds, on 18th August, 2016. Brian died peacefully in hospital after a short illness. He was 88.

Brian was a pupil at Wycliffe when his school was evacuated to Lampeter from 1939 / 1940 to 1944 / 1945. His Junior School was Bryntirion in Bridgend, and at Wycliffe Senior School his boarding house was the school’s oldest: Haywardsfield. Sports were his particular passion and area of expertise. He played cricket (bowler 1st X1) and excelled at athletics, especially running, reaching Victor Ludorum standard in 1941, aged 14.

After leaving Wycliffe, Brian began work as a dispenser in his father’s homeopathic chemists shop. It was a very old and noted shop in Neath town square and reputed to be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) of its kind in Wales. It was here that he developed his fascination with healing and natural remedies – a subject that would enthral him for the rest of his life.

Brian did has National Service in the R.A.F., which he greatly enjoyed, and loved meeting men of his era with whom he could chat and share his experiences – especially if, like him, they had been stationed in Singapore. He always used to say that his time at Wycliffe set him up very well indeed for his nearly three years of service in the R.A.F.

Brian made many friends in Wycliffe and enjoyed staying in contact with them. He even discovered that two of his father’s cousins (Reynolds – gentlemen farmers from Pembrokeshire) were apparently among the first pupils to attend the school.

Brian retained his interest in cricket and athletics all his life. Music and reading were also lifelong passions. When he developed macular degeneration a couple of years ago, he missed reading enormously. But even then he would smile and say, “Never mind, there are plenty of people worse off than me”.

We were married in 1953 – “Coronation Year” – and remained together for 63 years until his passing in August. He is survived by me (Josephine Reynolds) and his daughter, Celia. Sadly, our elder daughter, Caroline, passed away in 2010.

Brian was one of the true characters of his generation. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

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