RSL loses another stalwart

Norm 'Bill' Upton and wife Myrtle celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2006. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1268
Norm 'Bill' Upton and wife Myrtle celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2006. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1268

Another Coolum-Peregian RSL stalwart has passed away.

Following the recent deaths of Ken Higgins and Pat Tiley, Norman Willam Lupton, patron of the Coolum-Peregian RSL, died on Sunday, December 28.

RSL welfare officer Athol Hatten said Norm, who was also known as Bluey and Bill, had been a life member of the RSL and did a huge amount of work for the branches he was involved in.

Norm enlisted in the Australian Army on June 14, 1943 and served with the 2/2 Australian composite anti-aircraft regiment.

He saw active service in New Guinea and was discharged on July 30, 1946 with the rank of gunner.

Norm then enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on June 24, 1952 as a general carpenter. He served the majority of his service with 5 airfield construction squadron and saw active service in Vietnam at Phan Rang and Vung Tau.

He also served in Darwin, Amberley and Learmonth. Norm was discharged from the RAAF on September 21, 1976 with the rank of sergeant.

Norm and wife Myrtle moved to the Sunshine Coast more than 40 years ago.

Their house near the present Peregian service station was the first in the area.

In November 2006, Norm and Myrtle celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have 18 grandchildren and more than 20 great grandchildren.

Norm’s funeral service was held at Drysdale Funerals, Tewantin on Friday, January 2. He was 84.

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