Reggie Valarino

Reggie Valarino
Reggie Valarino in March 1985
In office
Personal details
John Reginald Garcia Valarino

(1941-06-09)9 June 1941
Madrid, Spain
Died13 March 2009(2009-03-13) (aged 67)
NationalityBritish (Gibraltarian)
SpouseAnne Evans (m. 1966, div. 1980) Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez (m. 1980)
Jonathan Frederick
  • Federico Garcia Montalvo (father)
  • Eugenia Valarino (mother)
Residence(s)4 Gardiner's View, Gibraltar
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
OccupationMedical Practitioner

The Hon. Dr. John Reginald Garcia Valarino MB, ChB, better known as Reggie Valarino, (9 June 1941 – 13 March 2009) was a Gibraltarian doctor and politician.[1]

Early life

Dr. Valarino was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1941 to Federico Garcia Montalvo and Eugenia Valarino. His father was a horse trainer and his mother a housewife and seamstress.

Medical career

Dr. Valarino graduated as a medical practitioner from the University of Liverpool[2] and had been working in the field since 1967,[3] having started his professional career in Gibraltar at St Bernard's Hospital. Soon after, he opened his own private practice in Gibraltar.[2]

Political career

Dr. Valarino was first elected to the then House of Assembly (now the Gibraltar Parliament) in the 1976 general election[3] as a member of the Gibraltar Democratic Movement (GDM). He was also a former Minister of the Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights (AACR) through several terms[4] and member of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP),[5] serving a total of almost 20 years as an elected representative of the people of Gibraltar both in Government and in Opposition.[1]

Later life and death

Dr. Valarino had been a member of a number of public committees. From 1994-1996 he was chairman of the Gibraltar branch of the European Movement. He was regional representative of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and was a past secretary of the British Medical Association (Gibraltar branch). He was also Life President of the Gibraltar Hockey Association.[3]

He died on 13 March 2009, aged 67, after a long illness.[2] Following news of his death, the Gibraltar Parliament observed a minute's silence in his memory on 17 March 2009.[5] A memorial service was held for him at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned on 18 March 2009, which filled to capacity with attendees.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Liberal Leader's Tribute to Valarino". Gibraltar Chronicle. Dominique Searle. 17 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. ^ a b c "Reggie Valarino dies after a long illness". 7 Days. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  3. ^ a b c d "Former Minister Reggie Valarino dies". Panorama. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  4. ^ "PDP Tribute to Valarino". Gibraltar Chronicle. Dominique Searle. 18 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  5. ^ a b Oliva, Francis (18 March 2009). "Parliament Observes Minute's Silence in Memory of Reggie". Gibraltar Chronicle. Dominique Searle. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
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