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Reginald Steele Marsh


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Reginald Steele Marsh Obituary
December 1, 1926 - December 3, 2017 Reginald Steele Marsh, of Thousand Oaks, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Dec. 3 just after celebrating his 91st birthday. Known to all who loved him as "Reg" or "Reggie". Reggie was born in Glen Ridge, NJ to Anne Steele Marsh and James Randall Marsh and grew up in Essex Falls, NJ. He spent his early years helping his father with his decorative fixture business, and enjoyed listening to the jazz greats that swung people through the Great Depression and 1940s. Reggie came from several generations of artists. His uncle and namesake Reginald Marsh was a painter and illustrator whose artwork was displayed all over New York City. His mother, a painter and print-maker, and his father, a designer and lighting fixtures fabricator were instrumental in the creation of the Hunterdon Art Museum in Hunterdon County, NJ. Reggie's paternal grandparents were Alice Randall Marsh, a miniaturist, and Frederic Dana Marsh, a mural painter and illustrator. His maternal grandparents were Mary Thyng and Frederick Dorr Steele, an illustrator well known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Reggie took part in a variety of jobs before joining the Air Force in 1944 and again during the Korean War. In 1963, Reggie married his late wife Karen, and shortly thereafter relocated to Thousand Oaks. Reggie etched his way into the community perfecting his craft as a Master Engraver, starting his own engraving business, Graven Image, and earning a reputation for his skills as a Master of Advertising Specialties (MAS) in the promotional products industry. Reggie set the standard for volunteerism, spending his time organizing charity golf tournaments for SAAC, and taking part in the trade association's annual trade show every year. A member of SAAC for more than 45 years, twice served as vice president of the SAAC Board, and board secretary/treasurer and membership chair, receiving many accolades - SAAC Honorary Life Member and SAAC Mover and Shaker Award. A dedicated member of Promotional Products Association International he served on numerous committees and advisory groups over the years - a two-time member of the Suppliers Committee, and served on the Awards Committee, Awards Advisory Group, Suppliers Advisory Group, Public Relations Advisory Group, Government Advisory Council and PPAI Conventions Advisory Council. He was honored with the PPAI RAC 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. Reggie contributed to numerous charitable causes. An avid golfer and poker player, he enjoyed getting in a few rounds of golf and his weekly gatherings at the nickel poker table. His first Hole-In-One was at 87. Reggie loved being around people and was loved by all and remembered as a caring, kind and giving man who was a true gentleman with a big smile and even bigger heart, and will be missed by many. Reggie is survived by his brother Peter Marsh (Donna) of Monrovia, sister Janet Hunt of Lambertville, NJ, nieces Anne White (Denis) of Corvallis, OR, and Janet Demeter (Barry) of Agua Dulce, nephews Tom Hunt (Kathrine) of Stockton, NJ, Peter Hunt of Lambertville, NJ, and Dana Marsh of Bloomington, IN, great-nieces Dorothy White, Jessica White, Leah Hunt, and Sophie Demeter, and great-nephew James Hunt. A burial at sea and memorial service will be held next year. Special thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and caregivers that made the last months of his life comfortable and his passing very peaceful, and to his attorney and CPA for making sure everything was in order. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Reggie's favorite charity named after his grandnephew who passed away from cancer just before his 4th birthday. Jack's Angels Foundation, 32520 Wagon Wheel Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91390; www.jacksangelsfoundation.com; Tax ID: 46-1320003.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 31, 2017
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