Thank you for visiting this page. I am a friend of Reggie and his Daughter Gemma and just wanted to try and help ease the worry a little at a time that’s already so devastating…
Allow me to give you a bit of background, Reggie is a dad and grandad, he has lots of children who he loves, Gemma is one of those.
Reggie very sadly passed away on 8th October suddenly after having issues with his breathing due to his COPD following a bout of Covid, a chest infection and a UTI.
Gemma was getting her degree to become a teacher when her dad became ill with Cancer, she cared for Reggie whilst completing her dissertation, just scraping by and when she finished she became Reggie’s full time carer, putting her life on hold to care for her dad because he didn’t want strangers in the house.
You have to be a very special sort of person to put your life on hold and care for someone, even if it’s someone you love. Gemma will be unhappy with me referring to it as putting her life on hold because she never saw it that way, she’s such a kind and loving person and would do anything for anyone which is something she’s definitely learnt from Reggie.
Given a rough life expectancy of 6 years Gemma cared for Reggie, he beat Cancer and ended up getting an extra 10 years because of the love and care that Gemma provided him. They have been each other’s rock throughout their lives, Gemma has always provided Reggie with so much with the little they have, she’s managed to take him to America a few times, they’ve been on trips to London, she surprised him with a visit from his brother he hadn’t seen in years, even during Covid she kept him entertained and he became a TikTok sensation for his positivity and the love and light he emanates. (@Reggie1936)
Their incredible bond was something rare in this world and that makes this all so much worse because it’s one thing losing your dad but losing your best friend, your job, your home… And on top of it all you have to then find the money to pay for a funeral.
I am asking for donations because Gemma would never do it, she’d rather sell a kidney to fund it because she’s just the sort of person that would never ask for something but gives so so much! I’d really love to try and get some money towards Reggie’s funeral and if there’s anything left after that for Gemma to be able to use it to pay tribute to her dad by way of a keepsake like an ashes into glass piece of jewellery so she can keep a piece of him with her, or a tattoo of his handwriting (even though he’d kill her for getting a tattoo) or a memorial bench so it’s somewhere people can go and remember the legend that is Reg!
Reggie only wanted the most basic of funerals and after his ashes are split between his family he wanted to be scattered at his bridge in America. I hope that this fund goes some way to helping Gemmy get there and fulfilling Reggie’s wishes.
Sleep well Reggie…
Always know You’ll never walk alone.