Sad Passing of Colin Reynolds


It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of former Bowls Canterbury CEO Colin Reynolds. Colin was in the role from 2010 to December 2013. He led Bowls Canterbury through the rocky earthquake era and was responsible for a comprehensive report on the state of our clubs following the February quake. Colin was also at the helm during the time when Bowls Canterbury was the Southern Regional Office, responsible for driving the Bowls New Zealand ‘One Bowls One Vision’ strategy. These roles presented challenges especially as the earthquakes needed more attention and energy and Colin embraced then professionally.

Colin’s legacy in Canterbury will live on for many years. During his time as the CEO, Colin donated trophies for the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year and a cup for competition between Southland and Canterbury’s Over 60’s. Colin donated this along with Phil Cross from Southland, it is known at the Colphil Trophy. Along with his sister Janis, they donated trophies for the now defunct Kittyhawk competition which catered for the young secondary school aged players.  

Colin started life in Westport and that strong Buller spirit was part of what made Colin the personality he was. Colin was a member of the Shirley Club until it was ‘munted’, he then went with fellow club members to Bowls Papanui and more latterly he played his game out of the Christchurch Club.

Colin and his wife Mary had a love of horse racing and shared the ownership of several standard bred and thoroughbred horses, with some notable successes.

Colin will be remembered for his outgoing personality, for his readiness to engage with people,  his generosity and his overall enthusiasm for life.

Colins’s funeral will be held on Thursday 17th September at 1.00pm. Due to the current Covid Alert Level 2, Colin’s funeral is limited to invited attendees, however those unable to attend can share in the service via the following live stream link:
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