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Scottish Daily Mail - - Television - by Jenny Oates CHRIS REED, born april 9, 1941; died au­gust 14, 2019, aged 78.

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DAD was born in Stafford, but fol­low­ing the death of his fa­ther when he was just five, he and his mother moved to Devon to be with his grand­mother and aunt. It was in Teign­mouth that his love of steam trains be­gan and he would spend hours at the sta­tion watch­ing the trains come and go. Af­ter school, he moved to Swin­don to do an ap­pren­tice­ship on the Great West­ern Rail­way. He met Mum, Nita, at a party and they mar­ried in 1964. Af­ter com­plet­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship, he moved to Il­ford, Es­sex, with his young fam­ily — Mum, my sis­ter Al­i­son and me — to work in the draw­ing of­fice of the

Ford Mo­tor Com­pany. He went on to de­sign fork­lift trucks at Lans­ing Bag­nall in Bas­ingstoke be­fore find­ing his per­fect job. He was in two minds about ap­ply­ing for a job at Standen Engi­neer­ing, say­ing to Mum: ‘If Ely has a train sta­tion, I will ap­ply.’ Not only did Ely have a sta­tion, the first thing he saw as he got off the train was Standen Engi­neer­ing across the road. It felt like fate. He took the job and stayed un­til his re­tire­ment, work­ing his way up to be­ing co-owner. When he re­tired, he moved to Le­ices­ter­shire to be close to his grand­chil­dren, Char­lotte and Luke — and the Great Cen­tral Rail­way. He was a vol­un­teer work­ing on the steam trains for the next 20 years. He re­alised his dream of be­com­ing a fire­man and ul­ti­mately a steam en­gine train driver and was so proud to take the pub­lic out on gala days and Santa Spe­cials. Dad was able to use his engi­neer­ing skills to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture spare parts for the en­gines when they were ren­o­vated. He was com­mu­nity spir­ited, go­ing around the vil­lage with Mum, clear­ing lit­ter, and was chair­man of the doc­tor/pa­tient group. Dad was a lovely, kind man and we were over­whelmed at how many peo­ple at­tended his fu­neral and sent cards and flow­ers. His legacy is his fam­ily and the beau­ti­ful steam trains he helped to re­store.

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