Tributes to former Scunthorpe steelworks boss

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 27 Mar 2018

A Scunthorpe steelworks boss who became a leading light of the Royal Photographic Society has died at the age of 83.

On leaving school, Scunthorpe-born Reg Henry trained at the former John Lysaghts steelworks as a chemist.

Later, he became a navigator in the RAF on a DE Havilland DH98 Mosquito plane.

On being demobbed, he returned to Lyaghts first as a chemist and then as manager of the LD steel-making plant.

After he married his wife Dorothy, they honeymooned in London where Mr Henry developed his life-long passion for photography, after borrowing his grandfather's camera.

On joining Scunthorpe Camera Club, he became president, secretary and competition secretary on more than one occasion.

At the Civic Theatre (now the Plowright Theatre) he became the official photographer to many local amateur groups including the Little Theatre Club, The Hospital Players and Group 62.

As an associate of the Royal Photographic Society, he became a judge at camera club competitions around the UK.

Reg Henry (left), pictured sorting prints for a Scunthorpe Camera Club exhibition at the central library in the town, while he was secretary of the club. Also pictured is competition secretary Reg Cook

Paying tribute, his daughter Jill Pullin said: "When Lysaghts steelworks closed, Reg had to reluctantly take his redundancy and decided to use his expertise as a wedding, portrait and industrial photographer.

"This he continued to do until digital took over and of this he was not a fan.

"Reg was extremely active and loved to travel with his trusty camera, visiting such places as Borneo, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the smaller Greek islands, together with Europe and his beloved England.

"Reg loved to keep his mind active and was a member of Mensa and a fan of the Daily Telegraph crossword.

"His other passion was Scunthorpe United and he was a life-long supporter through thick and think and held a season ticket from the Old Show Ground to Glanford Park."

Mr Henry’s funeral was held at the town’s Woolands Crematorium on March 16.

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