Jessica Brand and Marion Brand were at a ceremony to unveil the Easingwood Clock

New high tech clock honours two Langley volunteers

A husband and wife team were big community boosters.

Kay and Reg Easingwood lived, worked and volunteered in Langley City.

The couple, now both deceased, were recently honoured as namesakes for the Easingwood Clock, a new public installation by the Timms Community Centre in downtown Langley City.

Kay’s daughter, Marion Brand, and her granddaughter, Jessica, were among a crowd gathered on a blustery spring day for the clock’s official unveiling.

“She would have been thrilled,” Marion said of Kay’s reaction to the pair’s name on the clock. “She was so involved in this city.”

Much of their efforts were through the Langley Rotary Club and program chair Nanvit Shah spoke of their influence inside and outside the club.

“In fact they both showed tremendous love for the citizens of Langley by participating and expending their time and effort in many non-profit organizations,” he said. “We in Rotary were so very grateful to Reg and Kay for their quiet contributions to our club that we twice honoured Reg and once Kay by bestowing upon them the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the highest award that Rotary gives to its dedicated members.”

Reg died about four years ago and Kay about a year ago, after almost three decades together.

Reg’s family settled in Langley Prairie in 1932 and opened the first local electronics store. In 1964, Reg was elected to City council as an alderman and was mayor from 1983 to 1988.

In 1995, the City awarded Reg the Freedom of the City for his public service.

The City partnered with Rotary to create the public clock which was built by Langley City business It’s About Time and is worth about $25,000.

Owner Vahid Yazdanmehr donated his time to build the clock while the Rotary Club of Langley covered the cost of materials.

“This clock has powder coated paint to last generations. It stands 12 feet tall with LED lights and light sensors,” he said. “This clock has a chime melody feature that can be programmed to play different melodies at different times of the year and different times of the day.”

The clock has four faces. All movements are GPS satellite controlled and they reset automatically at the daylight savings. This means the movements never lose power and it show the correct time at all times, he explained.

“From the time of casting and finishing, the whole process takes us eight weeks,” Yazdanmehr said.

The company has been in the clock business for a long time – about 30 years – but most of the big public clocks are not so close to home.

“We have built lots of these type of clocks for customers from different countries all around the world such as Kuwait, USA and Canada. Our clocks are in golf courses, cities and outlet malls all over North America,” Yazdanmehr said.

 

PHOTO: Langley City representatives were joined by members of the Easingwood family, the Langley Rotary Club and others for a dedication ceremony in late March. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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