Tales of a great bloke: Vale Reg Watt

Tales of a great bloke: Vale Reg Watt

Reginald Thomas Watt was born in 1931, the second son of Tom and Mary Watt (nee Carpenter), a brother to Robert, Norma and later Margaret and Bruce.

Reg started school in Broula near Cowra, then went to Blossom Vale on the Woodstock road.

He went to school in a horse and sulky, which led to his passion for both in later life.

Reg finished school in Moorbel at 14 and went to work for his father on the farm.

When he turned 16, he went shearing for a contractor around the Central West.

Despite homesickness, he worked hard and toughed it out.

He was still farming and shearing when he met Patricia Grimshaw who he married in 1953.

He loved his hometown so much that he got homesick on his honeymoon after the one night in Dubbo and had to come home.

Reg and Patricia moved to "Carlane" on Longs Corner Road, to a piesy mud brick house.

They had three children Gail - Dolly completed the family joining Debbie and Wayne (Beau).

Reg and Pat played tennis and socialised in the surrounding towns.

The Tom's Waterhole Creek flooded the house in 1972 so Reg and Pat built a new house on higher ground where Matthew and his family live today.

Reg had varied interests apart from farming which included harness racing, driving his first horse Bangaroo Pride to victory in 1966.

He went on to breed many trotters who were all named after family members.

His cousin Jack Earsman sold him his faithful steed "Jack", named after his cousin.

Reg rode "Jack" in his job as clerk of the course for the local races and trots for more than 20 years giving pony rides in between races to local children.

Reg also found time to provide horse and sulky rides at the St Eddies school and Moyne fete.

Jack also took centre stage at Ben Hall re-enactments, Reg sometimes riding him into the local pubs and the golf club where he would lie down on the floor while Reg sat on him to drink a beer.

He even performed this stunt at the Steyne Hotel in Manly, much to the publican's surprise.

With his Clydesdales Victor and Bingle, Reg took part in many parades.

Reg also loved his pack of hunting dogs and many a family outing was spent on a fox hunt.

Reg was a founding member of the Canowindra Bushman's Association in the late 1970s, a group he was president of until the early 1980s.

His charismatic personality attracted many local men and relatives to form a strong committee.

These men and women had many weekend working bees in the Nangar hills where they felled timber to build the rodeo yards in South Canowindra where the recreational park is today.

They held many balls to raise funds to run the rodeos with the not for profit organisation, generating profits that were paid back into the community to selected charities such as the local hospital and Moyne.

The legendary annual camp outs in the Nangar hills were fodder for many funny stories that have been regaled for many years.

Reg was an animal lover, especially with his horses, teaching his loved ones how to ride.

He also loved to sing and dance with he and Pat regular attendees at local socials and balls.

Life threw him many challenges including two hip replacements in the 90s.

He lost a leg in 2004 and the other in 2014, first below the knee and then above the knee two weeks later.

At age 47 he became a grandfather and was blessed with five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was everything a Pop should be, showing them adventure, teaching them animal care and how to get back up when they fall.

An amazing brother, husband, father, uncle, friend and Pop, Reg lived a full rich life.

Money never meant a lot to him. He placed his worth on his family and friends.

Funny, clever, hardworking and kind, Reg watt was truly a great Aussie bloke.