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In loving memory of Reginald John Poulter who sadly passed away on 18th August 2019
Reginald - or 'Reg' as he was universally known - was born on 7th July, 1929, in Kingston, Surrey, the only child of Samuel and Alice Poulter. When children in London were being evacuated out of the capital at the start of World War Two, Reg went to live in Birmingham. There, as a teenager, he was briefly employed as a motor mechanic with a local garage before, at the age of 16, joining the Post Office as a trainee electrical engineer at the Great Barr Telephone Exchange in Birmingham. He returned to the Kingston area in 1946, aged 16, and two years later was called up for his National Service. Dispatched to Catterick Barracks in Yorkshire, Reg trained as a radio mechanic in the Royal Corps of Signals. On being demobbed in March 1949, Reg rejoined the Post Office as a telecommunications engineer. It was here, while working out of exchanges in Surrey that he met his wife, Joan Haine, who was a telephonist at the Elmbridge Telephone Exchange. They married on 29th August, 1953. In January 1959 they welcomed their first child, Martin, with a daughter, Carol, arriving in October 1960, and a second son, Simon, in November 1967.
In 1954 Reg applied for a job in the BBC Television camera department, a job he successfully secured and commenced on 1st November, commencing a 35-year career with the corporation. Over the course of his career, Reg rose through the ranks as a cameraman and then senior cameraman in charge of a camera crew, retiring in the summer of 1989 as a senior technical manager responsible for coordinating studio resources. Reg worked on many popular TV shows, including Eastenders, Doctor Who, Last Of The Summer Wine, 'Allo, 'Allo, Hi-Di-Hi and Only Fools And Horses (for which he’d maintain was his most enjoyable studio experience due to the on-set camaraderie between cast and crew). Some of the shows he worked on are listed for posterity online on the Internet Movie Database.
Reg passed away six weeks after his 90th birthday and just a week or so before what would have been his 66th wedding anniversary with Joan. In recent years he'd been coping with Alzheimer's Disease and prostate cancer, and in August 2018 moved into the Galsworthy House care home in Kingston, where he was looked after by a wonderful team of nurses and carers, right up until his passing.
He will be missed by us all, as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, especially for his gentle sense of humour and his love of comedy, but also for the playful sense of fun he expressed with the children in his life.