Service of Rodney Clive Regan
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Rodney Clive Regan was born on 26th April 1936. He and his family lived on Romanes Street in the Castle district of Northwich. His parents were Len and May, and they ran a taxi business. He was one of three siblings. His older sister was Yvonne who sadly died in 2017 and he has a younger sister Anne.
Rod went to Darwin Street School in Northwich. The school age changed from 14 to 15 just before he was about to leave and Rod’s experience in that extra year was that his teachers didn’t really know what to teach to the pupils. His family were surprised to find out that he learnt how to play the piano whilst at school!
As a boy, Rod was very sporty. He loved watching Northwich Vics and Whitton Albion football matches and he would even scramble over the fence to get into the drill field. He was a very keen swimmer and was known to swim in the River Weaver and was a member of the local cycling club and went on long cycling trips all the way down to places like Cornwall.
As a teenager, he went on holiday to Butlins with his friends to Pwllheli in North Wales, where they would ride on the holiday camp train, getting off at the different stops.
When he left school Rod trained to be a Mechanic. He gained his qualifications at the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes. He went on to complete his National Service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and served most of his time in Bielefeld in Germany. After his National Service he returned home and continued working as a mechanic until he joined the police force on 5th November 1959. He worked in various departments for the Cheshire Police, starting out in Stalybridge and in Cheadle as a beat bobby. He then moved to Knutsford where he was based in the traffic department and then came back to Congleton where he lived. During his police service he had a spell in the CID. He also worked in the Juvenile Crimes Department and then finally as a Station Sergeant in Macclesfield.
He supplemented his income whilst in the police force by driving wagons for the construction of Runcorn New Town. This was so that he could build a house extension.
After retiring from the police force on 30 June 1985, Rod had a brief spell in the cutting room working for R. H. Lowe in Congleton.
Rod and Marina met in 1979 at Congleton Cricket Club through mutual friends. Marina was living at home with her parents in Mossley until they got married. They purchased a house on Biddulph Road, in Mossley which they moved into when they got married in February 1982. In 1987 they moved to Brereton Court which became their home ever since. On 27th December 1988, Rod and Marina’s son Robert was born.
Rod was already a father to four daughters, Jane, Gill, Julie and Debbie. This was during the time Rod was married to Phyllis. He was also a grandfather to Tom, Molly, David and Sarah. Rod was a loving and attentive father. Rod’s love of his family very much extended to being father-in-law to, Geoff, Barry and Mauro and brother-in-law to Ralph. He was fun uncle to his niece, Karen and nephews David, Martin and Stephen.
Rod loved his holidays. He and Marina owned a caravan together at Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog in North Wales. During the summer holidays he and Robert would stay there, and Marina would join them for weekends and holidays together. Rod, Marina and Robert loved their visit to see Julie in Lake Garda. She was a fantastic personal tour guide, taking them on trips to the Dolomites and Venice. Other family holidays included a trip to American, visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. This trip included a helicopter ride in San Francisco which flew under The Golden Gate Bridge and during which they looked down over Alcatraz.
Rod loved the safaris he went on in South Africa and seeing the animals roaming in their natural habitats. One particular memory of this time was whilst having breakfast and seeing an elephant coming to the watering hole. And he loved seeing penguins in Australia and South Africa.
A highlight of one of his trips to European cities was going to Berlin where he was able to see how it had changed since he was there during his National Service.Lately, Rod and Marina went on trips closer to home including Cromer, Llandudno, Eastbourne and a rail trip around Scotland. Rod also enjoyed days out to places like New Brighton and Blackpool, always culminating with fish and chips.
Rod was a Freemason for over 40 years and during this time he did various roles. He was chair of the Macclesfield Masonic Hall and also undertook the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Almoner. As part of this latter role he helped to raise funds for a sensory room at Park Hall Special School in Macclesfield.
Rod was always very sociable. He got on well with his neighbours and would enjoy having a chat with them when he was in the front garden. He always had plenty to talk about be it gardening, football, cricket or sports in general. He had close friends who he met whilst in the police force and would attend police federation conferences with them.
Rod continued his sporting activities and interests throughout most of his life. From playing rugby during the time he was doing his national service to when in later years he became a cricket umpire for the local league. He also played darts, bowls and cribbage for local teams in Congleton. This very much brought out his competitive streak. His teams had a fair amount of success, winning prizes including lamps and clocks as well as a range of ornaments.
In his early years Rod would watch Manchester United and Manchester City, depending on which team was playing at home. But he was really a United supporter. In the 1950s he really enjoyed watching the Busby Babes and, in his opinion, Duncan Edwards was the best player he ever saw. He was a season ticket holder at Old Trafford with Robert.
Over the past few years, Rod became a member of Lancashire Cricket Club and was a frequent visitor to Old Trafford for many different matches, be they domestic or international. This led to him going to see one day matches in the Caribbean with Robert as well as Australia and South Africa. The highlight of his cricket trips though was his only trip to Lords to see England playing in the World Cup Final in 2019. It was an exciting and intense day but of course England got there in the end.
Rod loved his music, he particularly enjoyed Abba and watched Mamma Mia the musical, time and time again. He went to see Neil Diamond with Marina in Birmingham. He loved going to the theatre to see plays and musicals. One of his favourite theatre experiences was going to see a stage version of the TV comedy Early Doors at the Lowry.
He always enjoyed his Sunday roasts, especially roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, followed by cheese and biscuits and a glass of port.
In recent months, Rod had been avoiding going out due to the current situation but that sadly wasn’t enough. He tried to continue to exercise by going for walks in the local area. For his last days he was looked after by the staff of Ward 12 in Macclesfield District General Hospital and his family are very grateful for the care they provided.
His family were fortunate to be able to say goodbye to him. Rod’s illness was just for a short time because of the rapid deterioration of his health. He clearly still had a lot of life left to live and was taken all too soon.
He passed away peacefully on Thursday 21st January 2021 at Macclesfield and District General Hospital, aged 84.
The funeral was held privately at Birches Crematorium, Northwich on Thursday 4th February. Donations were sent in lieu of flowers and gifted to Guide Dogs for the Blind.