A tribute to prominent Pocklington businessman Reginald Charles Bond (Reg)
Reginald Charles Bond (Reg) died on Monday, March 15 2021, at the age of 77, just six days before his 78th birthday.
Reg had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and had been battling it ever since, ultimately succumbing to complications from the illness.
Reg was born March 21, 1943 at Wheldrake, to Reg Snr and Mary Bond. His family moved to Pocklington when he was 10 years old where Reg remained for the rest of his life.
He married Margaret Wilson (known as Betty) at the age of 21. Reg and Betty grew up in the same street and had worked together in their spare time.
At the age of 22 Reg was blinded in one eye by a splinter of flying metal and received £350 in compensation.
With this money he set up his own garage business based in Pocklington, carrying out car repairs. In 1966 he went into business with his father and established R & R C Bond as a motor garage and motor factor, selling car parts to other garages. Reg soon began to realise that there was more money to be made in selling tyres than in fixing cars and in 1971 set up R & R C Bond (Wholesale) Limited, trading as Bond International.
Around 1985 Reg decided to concentrate solely on selling tyres and never looked back.
With the help of his children and with Reg as the driving force, Bond International has become one of the largest tyre wholesalers in the UK and this year will be in the top 100 largest privately owned companies in the UK.
Reg was the chairman until his death and was actively involved in the business for over 50 years, although he had handed over the day-to-day running of the business to his sons Greg and Charlie.
Reg and Betty were blessed with four children (Lindsay, Mike, Greg and Charlie) and five grandchildren (Tom, Demi, Kieran, Chantelle and Daniel). Reg will be greatly missed by his family.
He was a keen footballer. He played for Allison’s Social Club (later to become Pocklington Town FC) playing in the York and District Football League in the early years of the club’s formation. Following his retirement from playing Reg became heavily involved with Pocklington Town FC in roles that included assistant groundsman, barman, manager for his two eldest sons’ (Mike and Greg) junior teams and for several years, including many whilst his youngest son Charlie played.
Reg also served on the club committee and was also an active match day supporter.
In association with the family business, Reg became the club’s first ever shirt sponsor and possibly the first shirt sponsor in the UK.
Reg had always been interested in horse racing, but he was to first realise his dream to own a racehorse in 2002 when he bought Bond Boy and had major success the same year when it won the Steward’s Cup.
In 2004 he gained one of his biggest wins with Monsieur Bond who won the Duke of York Stakes.
Monsieur Bond retired from racing to stand at Norton Grove stud as a stallion and went on to breed many high-class racehorses.
He also bred racehorses through his own business, Bond Thoroughbred Corporation, which was his real passion, at Yapham Mill Stud.
Reg bred some high-class sprinters which include Moving Time, group one winner of Prix de l’Abbeye de Longchamp in 2014. Another sprinter, Ladies are Forever, won the Summer Stakes at York a record three times in record time. Currently, four horses are being trained by Brian Smart and 12 horses with Geoff Oldroyd.
Reg also took care of all his retired horses, either finding them good homes or stabling them at his home. Reg’s horses will continue to race in the familiar black and yellow colours.