Well respected businesswoman dies at age 95
PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 February 2016
Grace Reynolds, wife of the late Leonard Reynolds and company secretary to one of the Great Yarmouth borough’s longest established businesses, Reynolds Coaches of Caister, has died at the age of 95.
Grace was fully active in the day-to-day running of the family business up until a month before her death.
A resident of Caister her entire life, having been born at Yarmouth Road, she was the fifth surviving child of Joseph and Louisa George.
Her grandfather, Charles Bonney George was a victim of the 1901 Beauchamp lifeboat disaster.
Grace, after leaving school, became a saleswoman and window dresser at Brants Store in Great Yarmouth.
She then spent the war years in a reserved occupation as a conductress with the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company, which she always looked back on with fond memories.
In 1942 she married Leonard Reynolds who was then serving in the RAF and when the war ended they moved to Ormesby Road, Caister where Leonard took up the reins of his late father, Charles’, transport business which had been established in the centre of the village just after the 1900s.
Passengers were transported firstly by horse drawn carriages, the Ford Model T 14 seater Charabancs.
With well-known local builder and Caister resident, Jack Chase they built a garage and adjoining property and ran a petrol station, lorries and a taxi service before restarting in coach passenger transport.
From this the business flourished into what it is today.
Leonard died in 1996 passing the business on to his son Charles, and in 2007 it became a limited company.
Grace followed on her role in the business as company secretary, and she took great pleasure in her work and seeing the company grow.
Grace also enjoyed travelling, and in the mid-1950’s after being approached by Harry Pascoe, the headmaster of the then Caister Secondary School, they began to take parties of schoolchildren from the school on tours to Switzerland for several years, and afterwards she continued to visit Switzerland with private groups and in a private capacity.
She travelled to Canada and the USA several times whilst her daughter lived there, and after Leonard died she still continued to travel with her family to Europe and the Caribbean islands.
Grace leaves a daughter Janet, son Charles and daughter-in-law Julie, grandchildren Merroney and Emma and two great grandchildren, Charlie and Austin, and her surviving sister, Doreen Brown.
Grace’s funeral is due to be held today, Friday, February 19 at Holy Trinity Church, Caister, after which she will be laid to rest together with her husband.
She will be sadly missed by many in the industry