To read and better understand the story of the small, almost impish little orphaned boy in my book, one should first try walking in the shoes of this four and a half year old child. Quickly one will realise the bewilderment and confusion surrounding his small yet complicated world. As his childish years pass into boyhood and he recognises the difference between his relatively cold, loveless institutionalised way of life, and compares it with the 'outsiders' caring family structure, he can easily see the affection, love and rmality he is missing in life. Notwithstanding the harsh disciplined upbringing he received in much of his juvenile years, there are still the good times, the relatively loving people charged to look after him, but above all the lasting, even lifelong friendships he found and bonded with during all of those childhood years in Dr Barnardo's Homes. This then, is the story of a Dr Barnardo boy, who was raised in the 'Homes' during the Second World War and until 1950. Whether his upbringing was an ordeal or a nurtured success, the reader will decide and, of course, is free to form his or her own conclusion.
After obtaining his National Certificate in Building Science and Technology from Bristol University in 1956, Reginald immigrated to Toronto, Cananda, where he joined the firm of Harry B. Kohl Architects. Examined and qualified as a Certified Architectural Technologist, he worked as an architect for the rest of his career. In 1968 he joined the firm of Bregman and Hamann Architects and Engineers, who were one of the largest and most prestigious firms in Canada. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1998 as Associate Partner and the firm's Director of Contract Administration. He and his wife, Donna Irene Scott, were married in 1963 and have been blessed with four sons.