Ian Reynolds was a Paramedic at New Addington, where he also served as a committed, active UNISON rep.
He worked for the service for 32 years and was still as active as ever until falling ill with Covid 19 last month.
Ian embodied all the values of the union – a wise, experienced and popular man who had time for everybody and could relate to his colleagues, members and patients alike – regardless of their background or identity – with an ease that endeared him to everyone he came across. In addition to his tireless union and frontline work, Ian was the principle liaison between the LAS and all the Croydon care homes, using his easy charm and wit to build bridges, as he did everywhere he went.
He was a passionate union man, a devoted Crystal Palace fan and an unapologetic mod. He loved his music, consuming live gigs like he did craft ales. Ian was the mate who always had time for a curry and a chat, who knew what you were going through and would be there for you with wise words and irreverent jokes in equal measure.
They don’t make them like Ian any more. He will be deeply missed by his union comrades, his Croydon ambulance family, his boys Jack and Ben (of whom he was immeasurably proud) and his wife Sian, who he loved with all his heart.