Obituary: Rex Sydney Reynolds 1928-2018
Rex Reynolds passed away peacefully on 30 January 2018, just two weeks short of his 90th Birthday.
Rex began work in farming at 14 but quickly realised it was not for him and that his future lay in building. Eventually he enrolled for a six-year bricklaying apprenticeship, and went on to teach bricklaying for a further five years.
Around 1950 Rex started studying for the Institute of Clerk of Works exams, being admitted in 1954 at age 26, making him the youngest candidate ever to be become a member. By 1960 he had become a qualified bricklayer, stonemason, contract foreman and area building manager for City of Bath Council,
In 1968 he was appointed President of the Institute of Clerk of Works, the youngest candidate to attain this position,
Rex’s career included overseeing the construction of several fire stations, tower blocks and residential estates, headquarter buildings, hospitals and even a mosque.
In 1970 Rex achieved another personal goal by acquiring his own building company: Reynolds & Hawkins. During his lifetime, he was the president, chair and member of many distinguished organisations including the CIOB.
In 1979 he was made a Member of the Worshipful Livery Company of Glovers and granted the Freedom of the City of London. In 2014, after 60 years of service, Rex was presented with The Institute of Clerk of Works Lifetime Achievement Award.