Former IPA and SAS action-man Reg Brown dies
Reginald Brown, former IPA caretaker for twenty years and ex-SAS soldier, died in his sleep on Monday 12th January aged 66.
Reg was born in 1942 in London where his early memory was being evacuated to the country during the war. After leaving school he worked for the Post Office and then joined the army. His initial service was with The Royal Signals, before transferring to The Parachute Regiment. After leaving the regular army he trained with the SAS.
After the army, Reg drove lorries for Smiths Industries until 1982 when he found the job as caretaker and general duties here at the IPA. He maintained that he went for the job only because he thought it was the brewery! Yet he stayed for over twenty years during which time he met and married his wife Sandra.
At the age of 60 he retired to the country to the house in Lincolnshire that he and Sandra had been doing up for many years to spend time with his family, his dogs and to catch up on his DIY, motorbikes, music and model railway.
Says Nick Philips, ex-IPA Director General and former colleague, “Because of his job, which started early in the morning and often finished late in the evening, Reg knew everyone at the IPA. He doubled up as barman, painter and handyman and was a key part and parcel of the IPA.”
Reg’s funeral is taking place at 2.40pm tomorrow, Wednesday 21st January, at Boston Crematorium in Lincolnshire. The family request that no flowers are sent. The IPA is being represented by former colleagues Mark Rasdall and Steve Mill.
Last updated 30/01/2009