A life loved and lived to the fullest

The late RegTiller was rememberedas a family man,community servant, sportsman and businessman at his funeral service at the Lighthouse Uniting Churchrecently.
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Mr Tiller was born in Strathalbyn onDecember 23, 1931, to Hurtle and Florence. He wasthe eldest of fivechildren. He died at Port Pirie hospital on April 26, aged 84.

He beganhis education at Walkerville Primary School, moved on the same year to Strathalbyn and then he completed his education at Crystal Brook and Pirie High.

While Mr Tiller’sambition was to become a stock agent, this all changed after his father bought a farm at Crystal Brook. He stayed on the farm and became a hard worker.

In 1954, he met Shirley Anne Potts and they were married in Solomontown Methodist Church in 1957.

Reg and Shirley had two children, David and Kerry.David married Wendy and they have two children, Scott and Mitchell. Kerry married Peter and have two children,Alexander and Kathryn.

Beforethemarriage, Mr Tiller boughta butcher shop in Port Pirie.

While reportedly not knowing much about the trade, Mr Tiller was determined. He quickly gained the necessary knowledge and remained in business for 36 years.

Mr Tiller opened a second butcher shop in Piriewhich he later sold to a supermarket. He also took over part of the Crystal Brook family farm and boughta second farm at Wandearah.

Hewas a well-known and loved figure within the Port Pirie community as a volunteer at many organisations and committees.

These includedthe abattoirs board for 17 years with nine as chairman, a member of the Chamber of Commerce executive for several years, Meals on Wheels and his involvement with the Lions Club of Port Pirie.

When the Lions Club was formed in 1965, Mr Tiller was amongthe original 26 members.He remained a member for 50 years and was the last charter member. He was also one of the longest serving Lions in theDistrict Cabinet.

Mr Tiller held many positions includingPresident, District Governor andSecretary and was honoured with the Melvin Jones Award, James D. Richardson Award, Professor Douglas Coster Award, Life Membership and Lions Foundation 50-year Medallion.

Mr Tiller wasa board member of Lealholme Aged Care from 1962 until 1995.

Heled a delegation to Adelaide to find a new operator when Lealholmebecame too bigto manage. Eventually, Helping Hand took over and Mr Tiller was honoured for his work by naming and opening it.

Hewas also a well-known avid sportsman. With a knee injury forcing him off the football field at age 22, he maintained his passion for sport elsewhere.

Mr Tiller was instrumental in creating the Port Pirie and District Tennis Association and the centreon The Terrace. He played association tennis at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie for 18 years and was a past president andcaptain of Risdon Recreation. He was also a past president of the Port Pirie and District Tennis Association.

He was known for his big serve and sportsmanship on the court, with many premiership titles to his name.

Mr Tiller was farewelledat his funeralservice on May 6.

MEMENTOS: Longest-serving Lions Club member Reg Tiller with some citations to be added to his memento wall in 2015.

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