07:00 26 June 2022
Relatives of a popular businessman and aviation enthusiast paid fitting and heartfelt sentiment saying, “Fly high.”
Reginald Parsons, of Horning, near Wroxham, died earlier this month aged 89.
The father-of-three, affectionately known as ‘Reg’, was well known in the area for launching the Fli-Hi airplane simulation flights in Lower Street in 2020.
The company celebrated his lifelong love of airplanes and all things that fly since his training as a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter pilot during his national service.
It was just a fortnight after his conscription when he volunteered to be part of the aircrew. His first posting was at RAF Hornchurch and he would later join the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Gimli Station in Canada.
On his return to England, and after leaving the RAF, it would be another 30 years before he resumed flying.
Mr Parsons was born in Tottenham, but over 50 years ago when he and his late wife Thelma went to Horning on holiday, they fell in love with the village and immediately raised the sticks.
Leaving Hertfordshire, the couple opened a retail business, a bed and breakfast and ran a day boat charter business.
In 1982 they rented the Lion Inn near Thurne, followed by the Nelson Head in Horsey in 1987, before moving to Sutton in 1990 to open a fishery.
They once acquired the famous racing yacht Madie and spent many happy hours competing and socializing with other sailors.
The couple moved to the Broads area several times, but after Thelma died in 2002, Mr Parsons was eager to return to Horning.
“Where their heart belonged,” his family said.
In his later years, Mr. Parsons volunteered for the Samaritans and for the Museum of the Broads, while participating in many hobbies including fly-fishing, singing with several local choirs and the flight. He was also a regular contributor to the EDP Letters page and enjoyed the discussions his letters would spark with other readers.
Mr Parsons died on June 9 and donated his body to medical research.
A farewell service will be held at St Benedict’s Church, Horning, at 1pm on Tuesday 5th July. No flowers or black tie. Donations to the Samaritans in memory of Mr. Parsons.