Tributes pour in for former mayor of Redbridge and spiritualist medium Reg Golding
PUBLISHED: 17:10 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 29 January 2018
Heartfelt tributes have poured in for a former mayor and spiritualist church president who died on January, 23, aged 90.
Reginald “Reg” Golding was born in Wingate Road, Ilford, and as a child his photograph was used on the side of Cow and Gate baby products.
Towards the end of the Second World War, he served in the parachute regiment before returning to Redbridge and becoming a milkman - a job which saw him deliver milk all around the borough by pulling a handcart.
He then joined the Bank of England in Loughton as a security guard until he retired.
Other than his family, Reg had “two true passions in life”.
“One was being a Labour councillor and becoming Mayor of Redbridge in 1997,” his daughter-in-law Alison Golding said.
“He was so proud serving the community.
“The other was being a member of Woodford Spiritualist Church and with both passions, he made so many friends and was so loved and respected by all who came to know him.”
Councillor Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, said the Redbridge Labour Party is deeply saddened to hear of the death of a “Labour stalwart”.
“Reg was a valued member of the Labour community and played an important role during his time in council,” he said.
“Reg was a former Councillor for Mayfield Ward, the Ward that I am now proud to represent, carrying on his legacy of representing and fighting for our community and fairness in our borough.
“He was truly a lively and loveable character around the town hall, often holding palm reading and fortune telling sessions for staff, councillors and the public.
“Reg will be very much missed both in the town hall and the community – I’d like to express my condolences and our thoughts are with his family.”
MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting added: “Reg was such a kind and decent man and took an active interest in what was going on in Redbridge long after he left office.
“He represented the very best of Labour values and the best of our borough and will be sorely missed.”
Reg was the president of the Woodford Spiritualist Church for the last five years.
James Winston, church warden, said his spiritual work has brought great comfort and support to so many people at their times of need.
“To say that he will be greatly missed is a vast understatement, but to say that he will be remembered, is a true measure of the man.
“His strength and courage as a humane spiritual soul and the work he has done as a spiritual medium for so many years is unparalleled.
“We would now like to thank Reg for all his work and help over the years and raise a spiritual glass of sincere thankfulness and hope that his work will now continue in God’s greater sky - God bless you Reg.”
Reg is survived by two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and Alison said the family have “lots of special happy memories” and will be “sadly missed and never forgotten”.
He is now reunited with his wife Edna.
His funeral will take place at Forest Road Crematorium on Tuesday, February 6, at 2.15pm.
Flowers or donations to PDSA Woodford Re. Hawes 106 Tanners Lane Barkingside 0208 550 4047.