Former Wolston headmaster and community stalwart dies

Reginald Foster served in the Navy during the Second World War
Reginald Foster served in the Navy during the Second World War

A former headmaster who led prayers at his church as recently as Christmas morning has died after a short illness.

Reginald John Foster moved to Rugby in 1959 to take up the headship of Wolston High School, and lived an active life until his death aged 96 at University Hospital, Coventry.

Mr Foster was involved in many voluntary activities within Rugby both before and after he retired in 1980.

He was born in 1918 in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire and was studying for a degree at Birmingham University when war was declared.

In 1939 he enlisted in the Royal Navy and became a watchkeeper on a destroyer, then rose to the rank of Lieutenant in charge of a destroyer guarding the shipping lanes around the West Indies and the North Sea.

During his time as a headmaster he was one of the first probation volunteers in the country and was prominent in the Rugby Mayday Trust for homeless people when it was first established.

Mr Foster was involved with the Bilton branch of the Royal British Legion acting as treasurer and latterly as president.

He also served on the committee and volunteered for Rugby Contact Centre until his death.

On retirement he became very active with the estates committee of St Mark’s church, Bilton and also regularly took an active part in services as a sidesman. He was leading intercessory prayers as recently as Christmas morning .

Mr Foster was married in 1945 to Margaret who died in 2005. He is survived by four daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a funeral service in St Mark’s church, Bilton at 3.30pm on Monday February 2.