Reginald James Melling passed away December 26, 2003. Born August 26, 1936 in Preston, England. He moved to Toronto Canada in 1958 then to Torrance, California in 1964 with his wife and two daughters. Reg began with Toyota HQ in 1968. He was passionate about his work and loved the Racing Group, The L.B.G.P. and the Desert Racing. He continued with Toyota until his death. Reg was a selfless person and would always lend a helping hand to everyone he knew. He is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Jennifer Robinson and Marissa, sister Myra Thorpe, brohters Norman, Gordon and Phillip as well as nana and sister-in-law Julie who Reg adored. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 9th, 2004, 1:00PM at White & Day Colonial Mortuary, Redondo Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Little Company of Mary Hospital Memorial Fund, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, in his memory.

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  1. I\’ve worked with Reg at the PRC for 8 years and had grown to love him like the rest who had the privledge of knowing him. He was the sweetest and the most caring man I\’ve known. He always helped every one that he could. He will be in my prayers. Deepest sympathys to his family. Sincerely Nicole Holmes

  2. Reg was a special friend and always had a great racing story or joke to tell. His laugh and sense of humor would brighten my day every time we talked. He will be sorely missed by all. God speed, Reg.

  3. In the four years that I have worked with Reg I have never seen him without a smile on his face. He always had a positive attitude about everything. He was a wonderful person who touched many lives in a very positive way. He has left his legacy of laughter which will bring a smile to my face whenever I think of him. You are in God\’s care now Reg. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this sorrowful time.

  4. Shortly after starting at TMS, in 1987, Reg “helped out the new guy” with tickets, for my son and I, to the LA Coliseum Stadium races. He made sure we knew where to go, visited with us in the stands, and made us feel part of the Toyota Family. That was, we learned, pretty typical of Reg…..looking out for people around him. Thanks, Reg!

  5. Reg always had a smile on his face for everyone. He will be missed by our Dept. Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your Husband and Father. Irene PQ&SS

  6. Reg taught me how to swing a golf club for the first time and encouraged me to continue practicing and playing. I love playing golf now and will never forget who first inspired me to play. I\’m truly going to miss the laughs we shared. My deepest sympathy to the family, Reg was wonderful man!

  7. Joan; I am saddened to hear of the passing of Reg. I worked with Reg in LA for 12 years and can “honestly” say he was an upstanding gentleman! It was less than 4 weeks ago that we spoke; I can\’t believe it. My sympathy to your and your family. Bob Gallagher

  8. on behalf of the entire toyota motorsports department, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. reg was an ardent supporter of our motorsports activities throughout my 20 years of involvement. he was especially enthusiastic about our offroad truck racing program and ivan stewart in particular. we are pleased to be able to provide ivan\’s race truck for display during the services at his family\’s request. he will be remembered with great fondness.

  9. Dear Joan and family, We will dearly miss Reg. He was a wonderful person. I enjoyed working with him and his excitement and enjoyment of racing.My deepest condolences to you and your family. Susan Sanborn Curator Toyota USA Automobile Museum

  10. Reg was simply “a class act”. In all my dealings and conversations, he was the consumate gentlemen and I shall miss him.

  11. Dear Joan, Jennifer and Marissa; You don\’t know me but I worked with Reg at Toyota. He was one of the first people I met after starting with Toyota in 1987. I want to express my deepest sympathies to you and all your family on Reg\’s passing. He was a great man. He had such a practical – straightforward approach to life at Toyota. He called things and he saw them. I loved his honesty about life. I will miss him and his sense of humor. You have my prayers for God’s comfort during this time of loss. Rick Lester

  12. Reg was good people and will be missed by many. My deepest sympathies go to his family and friends I have way to many stories to share that Reg had told me about Toyota and his family. 1. I loved the story of how he started @ Toyota by getting the S2000 vehicle to run 2. How Toyota helped with his daughters medical bills when she fell into a rose bush 3. His emails…. I will miss Reg’s raspy voice and smile

  13. Jennifer, Our thoughts are with you and your family. I am sorry for your loss. Karen and family (Tina\’s friend)

  14. Met Reg in 1970-71 our paths crossed periodically throughout our 30 + working with Toyota..He was always there when I needed help (technical or other wise) especially when I was located at the port of Long beach in the mid late 70\’s.. I will sincerly miss my old english buddy……

  15. I did not know Reg personally, but as a Toyota family member, I wanted to convey my deepest sympathies to your family. Cindy

  16. To the Melling Family, I wanted to send my condolences to all of you. I only had the chance of knowing Reginald for eight months as we worked together in the parts recovery center here at T.M.S. . We both shared the common interest and love for motorsports, whenever a story of CART, IRL, or F1 came out he would visit me in the morning and show me the article or talk with me about it. He was gracious enough to acquire tickets to the Toyota 400 this past September for me. He also introduced me to the motorsports Toyota team, which was a great experience for me. He was always helpful and giving in so many ways. I will truly miss talking with him about racing, work and life. He was truly one of a kind. my thoughts are with all of you, Mark Rubalcaba

  17. All always remember Reg at the pits during the races, they were always such special times & special people. My success in off road racing could not have been done alone. Reg & the other crew members will always be part of me.

  18. Reg was warm, sincere, always upbeat and willing to lend a helping hand for anyone and he loved sharing jokes with everyone. He will truely be missed by us all.

  19. Melling Family, Reg was my first boss at Toyota. I have been with the company for almost 6 years and sincerely enjoyed working with Reg. He taught me a lot about the business and I appreciate the time, effort and committment that he put into all that he did. He was instrumental in \’breaking me in\’ to Toyota. I will miss him and I send my deepest condolences to you that are left without a great man in your lives, but many spectacular memories, I\’m sure.

  20. That infamous hat, and the white coat he wore around campus will surely be missed. But more importantly, the man within. He always had a smile to share with you, and something funny to make you laugh. And yes, I saw him many times at the races. What a guy! My sincerest sympathies to his family.

  21. I met Reg as a Management Trainee at Toyota in 1976. We shared a love of cars, Reg\’s experience with Team Lotus and my ownership and competition with a Lotus car. It opened up enjoyable dialog. A lifelong memory for me was the “Presidents Match (golf) that year. I had never played the game and Reg assured me he was but a beginner but would show me a few strokes. We practiced at his home and he convinced me to enter the match. As it turned out, Reg was a competent golfer…and President Makino presented me with the “high gross award”. What a way for a kid to begin his career! I\’ll miss Reg. I had hoped he could retire to his cabin in the mountains…perhaps he has. God speed my friend. Marc Nichols…retired in Grass Valley and still racing a Lotus.

  22. I worked with Reg in the same departments for the last 20 years. He was respected for many talents but I was always impressed with his straight-forward approach. I will miss him greatly. Rich

  23. Reg was the epitome of friendly and helpful. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand or support. I always looked forward to my little chats with him and his friendly smile. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with him. I will miss greatly. My deepest condolences to the family.

  24. Joan,Marissa, Jennifer… I was deeply saddened to learn of Reg\’s passing. I have nothing but the fondest memories of the kindness he extended to me in the past and how welcome he and all of you made me feel in your home. My thoughts are with you all…Rich Negrete

  25. Our lives have truly been blessed to have known such a man that lived fully and cared so much for others. I first met Reg while working in the Technical Administration/T-TEN Departments at Toyota in 1992. I will remember Reg for his spirit of helpfulness, hospitality and friendship. The world has lost a bright shining light and I will greatly miss his laughter and smile. Please know how very much you are in my thoughts and prayers and how deeply your loss is felt by all.

  26. Reg will truly be missed by all. The guys and I from the Parts Recovery Center have many memories to share, especially the e-mails and the conversations we had in his office. I think we\’re still trying to figure out why he always asked for change for a quarter. We\’ll miss you Reg. Jon Parts Recovery Center

  27. To the Melling Family: I\’ve known Reg for over 10 years, that\’s a quarter of my life. I lost my father earlier last year. Reg was like a father to me and I feel the pain. I remember you welcoming me into your home when I visited him after his surgery. Thank you. My deepest sympathies to you. He will be missed for all the smiles and laughter he brought to people

  28. I first met Reg on my first day working for Toyota 18 years ago. He immediately made me feel welcome and at home. He was a great teacher and was always helpful to the new guy. His ability for getting difficult assignments done was second to none. I will miss his stories and the help he was always so willing to give.

  29. I pass on my condolences to the family.Reg will be truly missed.I also came over from Britain to the US and Reg and I used to kid each other a lot about Scotland and England.I enjoyed hearing him relate stories about the early days of Toyota in the US and how Reg walked in and asked for a job.Reg made an impact in many ways ,and I am sure that a lot of the e-mails will refer to those ,but he also made an impact in so many little ways as well–for instance he was always able to help with many simple things such as supplying snow chains for a short notice trip to the mountains. But I will always remember him as a friend who was great to work with .He will be missed!

  30. I would like to express my condolence to the Melling family. In my brief time of knowing Reg, he would get to the heart of the matter quickly. I have learned something having known him. He will be missed by me.

  31. Dear Family of Reg, My name is Dick Chitty and I just recently retired from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. on January 1, 2004. I was so very saddened to learn of the passing of Reg. He was a favorite co-worker and has been a very special friend of mine throughout my thirty-one years of service with Toyota including the last three at the Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Regional office in Singapore. Reg holds a very special and dear place in my heart from our working together and the friendship we always shared. I will deeply miss seeing and visiting with him. Reg Melling was a genuine all-around GREAT GUY. They just don\’t came any better than Reg. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family members of Reg this day and always. Most Sincerely, Dick Chitty

  32. Dearest Melling Family. Please accept my deepest sympathies. He was a very fine man and a good friend. With best regards, John Kooda

  33. I met Reg at the original Toyota building in 1974. This wonderful english man was a delight to be around. He taught me how to work on cars and how to drink tea with cream in it, and I still do to this day. Reg spoke often about “his girls”. I left the company in 1981 to raise my children. Reg and I kept in contact speaking once or twice a year to catch up on things. I started working again a few years later at a dealership so he would call me right before christmas to recover some parts at the dealership for him of which I would get paid to do. He was making sure I had enough Christmas money for my kids. What a big heart he had. I was not aware of his passing until I called to wish him a merry christmas and happy new year and hadn\’t heard back from him. A mutual friend let me know what happened. I am very sorry for your loss. I will miss him very much. I just wanted to let the family know what an acceptional person he was. Kind, funny and very generous. Sincerely, Carol Rhoden

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