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You are warmly welcomed to leave a message below, share your memories, and celebrate the life of John Reynolds who we sadly lost in 2021.
9 Mar 2022
Written by Tara Biddle

The following obituary was written by John's sister, Gillie Smither

Born in 1948, John lived in Dry Hill Park Road with his parents LN (Tich) Reynolds OT and Eveline, and his two older sisters, Valerie and Gillian.

John joined Welldon House in 1962 from Hilden Grange Preparatory School. According to Andrew Mayer (WH 62-66), it was at Tonbridge that John honed his debating skills and was an active supporter of the Conservative Party when many young people tended to veer towards more left-wing parties. Standing his ground, John’s deep knowledge of the history of the Conservatives stood him in good stead. He became a Local Councillor in Tonbridge for many years, gaining the respect of representatives of other parties for his ability to discuss opposing matters in a respectful manner.

Gavin Argent (MH 63-68) commented that John’s skills as a conversationalist were legendary and his opinions on matters political were always well researched and stimulating and he made a great difference to the lives of the people of Tonbridge.

John’s career began in Hambros Bank London, for eight years, then to Crocker National Bank. In 1977 he joined Commerzbank London and four years with them in Paris, before returning to London. He was called “le Diplomat” because of his ability to speak French and German, enabling him to cope with awkward foreign clients. He made many friends in those companies and of course, was a keen Europhile and anti-Brexiteer.

On retirement John was able to enjoy his wider family. Three nephews followed him to Tonbridge and one great nephew, and he much enjoyed hearing of, and seeing, their experiences of the School. He also enjoyed his varied hobbies walking, travelling and trains. He represented the Tonbridge Line Commuters until his untimely death on 13 December 2021, aged 73.

(WH 61-66)

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