Tim Rees (OH 1950-1956)
04/08/2010
Ralph Philip Vinson “Tim” Rees (OH), O.B.E, K. St. J.

Edited excerpts from the Service of Thanksgiving, Christ Church, Radyr, Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

“Taking his accounting articles in the mid 1960s, Tim’s passion for his work, combined with his immense ability took him to the very top of the accounting profession. He became the youngest ever Partner at Deloitte Haskins and Sells at the age of 26, rising to Senior Partner a few years later.

A true professional: incredibly knowledgeable, wise judgement, courageous and tough when needed. But more than anything, remembered by colleagues as a real people person, always finding a way to bring out the best in those around him, an inspiration and a pleasure to work for. It is clear in reading the notes that many people feel that in some way they owe the success in their careers, prosperity of their businesses, (or at least their sanity), to Tim’s help and guidance over the years. Indeed, he was awarded his OBE for his services to accountancy.

Although he retired from Coopers (as it became), Tim was never really one to sit still and, far from allowing it to slow him down, Tim saw retirement as an excuse to do lots of things rather than one big thing. Also, importantly for Tim, an opportunity for him to give something back. Over the next ten years, with characteristic zeal, Tim threw himself into major undertakings such as being Pro Chancellor of Glamorgan University, Chief Executive of the Welsh Development Agency, Vice Chairman of the Education Funding Council, High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, running the Finance Board of St Johns in Wales … and many, many more.

It says a lot that Tim would probably be the only person to be surprised by the huge reaction to his passing and the number of people here today. He would have been delighted to see everybody, and enjoyed the service, but (no offence to Bill [Reverend William Barlow]) secretly, by now, Tim would have been looking forward to getting a large glass of sauvignon blanc in his hands on the golf club terrace.

Whether you knew Tim as a loving husband or father, a shrewd accountant, a work colleague, or a neighbour at the rugby, what is clear is that he made a deep and indelible impression, and changed all of our lives for the better. Although we would all have liked to have him around a lot longer… and we are naturally sad that he can’t be here… we can all feel proud to have known him and we can rest assured that his legacy of professionalism, generosity and good living will live well beyond his years… and probably ours!

Tim Rees, a great man and a good man”
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