It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Norm Abbey aged 100 years.
Norm was a 30 year member of Aspley Bowls Club from 1960 till 1990. Although he was not listed as a founding member, he joined in the founding year and was heavily involved in the early establishment of the club. He has been described by his fellow members as someone who stepped forward whenever anything needed to be done and heavily rejected any recognition for his hard work. Norm was instrumental in the extension of the clubhouse in 1965 and again with the re-build after fire destroyed much of it in April 1967. Although he protested strongly, a plague was placed above the bar, proclaiming it as the ‘Norm Abbey Bar’ as recognition for his outstanding contribution. The plaque was taken down just a couple of months ago to allow refurbishment and painting. It will, however remain as a reminder of the club’s proud history.
As further testament to the regard that the club had for Norm, he was nominated for the honor of ‘Life Member’ but he rejected the nomination. such was the unselfish modesty of the man.
Congratulations to Greg Matthies – Men’s Division Bowler of the Year 2019.
Greg was part of winning combinations in pairs, triples and fours of the Club Championships for 2019. Although the singles eluded him this time round, he collected enough points to pick up the 2019 trophy and set his sights on 2020.
On Saturday 9th November we were all saddened to hear that our fellow bowler and oldest member of our club at 101yrs passed away.
Vern was an icon of the Aspley Bowls Club and he will be greatly missed. His funeral was attended by a huge contingent from the club. Past President and close friend, Ray Dixon farewelled Vern with an eulogy on behalf of the club.
Fellow veteran Jack McErlean congratulated Nev Hawkins on his reaching Super Veteran and presented him with his badge at last Tuesday’s Open Pairs day. Nev graciously thanked all his fellow bowlers for their friendship and making him feel so welcome at the club.