Reginald: Old age & death
In later life Reginald had no Welsh accent and was not very keen on the Welsh though he visited Wales with his family and showed them the haunts of his childhood. On one such visit in 1938 he drew a splendid panorama of the Welsh hills viewed from Beaumaris, Anglesey, labelling all the peaks. Donald Cameron of the Bulkeley Arms, Beaumaris - Reginald, Mary and my mother, Elaine, stayed there in September 1938 and probably on other occasions - requested a copy and bought several more of Reginald’s pictures. The first panorama was stolen from the hotel and Reginald had to provide another copy. Recently, a copy was mounted on a plinth on the seafront in Beaumaris. The original was about 2 metres long.
Reginald maintained his interest in sport and regularly went to watch Watford Football Team, often with my mother. They also went to some football internationals and to watch cricket at Lords; they saw Hutton make his record-breaking 364 against Australia at the Oval in 1938. My mother was very close to her father.
At the age of seventy-three Reginald died at his home, 'Yeoveney'. The cause of death was given as “Coronary Thrombosis and Arteric Sclerosis”. He was buried next to his first wife in Watford’s Vicarage Road Cemetery [grave 897, sect H, consecrated section]. The inscription on his grave reads: “Reginald Wynn Owen/ Born 23rd July 1876/ Died 15th May 1950/ Now I know in part:/ But then shall I know/ even as also I am/ known”.
Lily Mabel continued to live at 'Yeoveney' with Eric and his family until her death at Shrodells Wing of Watford General Hospital on 20 January 1972.