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.
Rest in peace