Vale Reg James
Like the radio soap dramas “Dossier On Dumetrius”, “Cattleman” and “I Christopher Macauley”, the name Reg James was just as famous as the serials and company he had worked for, for decades.
Sadly Reg James, the man who had worked for Grace Gibson Productions his whole working life passed away at age 86 overnight.
Reg rose from being a despatch boy to sales manager and GM for the company that has a long history in Australian radio. Reg was also known for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry” and had co-authored a book on his years in radio “Yes, Miss Gibson”.
In paying tribute to Reg, current owner of Grace Gibson Productions Bruce Ferrier said on facebook: “to a couple of generations of us in radio, Reg James really WAS Grace Gibson, as it was Reg we all dealt with in buying our radio features and serials, from ‘Yes What’ and ‘Chickenman’ to ‘The Castlereagh Line’. He was a much loved friend to all in the industry.”
“Reg remained the company’s Honorary Archivist right to the end. His knowledge of who starred in what serial, and which stations broadcast them was encyclopediac. His help in recommending and selecting serials to be realised to the general public through our online store has been absolutely invaluable. Plus he only recently co-authored a book on his life in radio titled “Yes, Miss Gibson” and had just put the finishing touches on his own life story which is about to hit the printers. A great friend who will be sorely missed.”
Reg James’ funeral will be held next Tuesday 28th July commencing at 2:00pm at St Swithun’s Anglican Church Pymble – 2A Telegraph Rd, cnr Merrivale Rd, PYMBLE.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The Heart Foundation