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Tributes to Lee milkman and bowling champ Reg Gauge
A FORMER Lee milkman and bowls champion has passed away in his sleep at the ripe old age of 104.
Reg Gauge was a life-long Lewisham resident, well known as Lee Green's milkman for 39 years until his retirement in 1974.
When he first began delivering milk it was in a cart pulled by his horse Joey, for wages of £2, eight shillings and 6d a week.
Mr Gauge, who lived in Westdean Avenue and was married to his first love Winnie for 65 years until her death in 1997, was a keen bowls enthusiast and played at Lewisham Trades Club and Northbrook Park well into his 90s.
The great granddad of 13 has appeared in the pages of News Shopper before, for his 100th birthday and 10 years earlier when he laid down a £50 charity challenge to find anyone over 90 who could beat him at bowls.
Grandson Steven Gauge said: "Reg was a complete star, kind, warm hearted and very generous.
"He was fiercely independent and determined to fend for himself for as long as he possibly could, which in the end turned out to be quite an impressively long time.
"He had some lovely neighbours who were a huge support to him and I know he will be much missed by everyone who knew him."
His funeral is being held at Hither Green Crematorium on October 4 at 10:30am where the family have said that anyone who remembers him will be more than welcome to join.
Donations in his memory are very welcome to St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham.
Mr Gauge is survived by two children and seven grandchildren.
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