Taylor Wessing mourns 91-year-old proofreader Reg Frary

Taylor Wessing proofreader Reg Frary passed away last week at the age of 91 after more than 20 years at the City firm.

Frary, who was headhunted by the firm after he initially retired as a proofreader in the late 1980s, previously worked at defunct firm Oppenheimers and Speechly Bircham among a number of proofreading jobs both within and outside of the legal community.

Taylor Wessing managing partner Tim Eyles said: “Reg joined us when he was already 70, but over 20 years with Taylor Wessing made a full contribution to the life of the firm. He was much loved by all who knew him – and until the very end he remained a witty conversationalist, a consummate wordsmith and a lover of life. Whilst we will miss him, we can be sure his was a life well lived.”

Frary had a reputation in the firm as a strict grammarian, with an exceptional command of English. He was a regular source of advice on documents for lawyers and support staff across the firm, as revealed in a profile by The Lawyer last year (5 April 2010).

Away from his day job, Frary published more than 10 books after initially penning short stories for his church magazine. His works include Don’t Upset the Choir and Don’t Blame the Organist. He was a member of his church’s choir ever since he first joined at the age of nine.

Frary is survived by his daughter Caroline and a granddaughter.