Reginald Lewis Emes arrived in Murray Bridge, from Peterborough, with his wife Lorraine and four young children in 1963.
Previous to that, Reg was born and raised in Port Lincoln by his parents Lewis and Phoebe where he attended primary and high school, along with his three sisters.
He began a career in the railways at the age of 16 as a junior porter and continued that until he enlisted in the RAAF in 1944 where he became an Air Crew member of the Air Training Corps flying Tiger Moth aircraft.
Reg did not see any active service because the war ended prior to his final qualification as a pilot.
This was a great disappointment for him, but his future wife and family are thankful that his life was not put at risk at such a young age (18).
He was posted to Peterborough as a draftsman and trainee engineer for the railways in 1949, followed by a few years working in various locations in the mid north of South Australia.
He returned to Peterborough in 1954 and soon after began a relationship with Lorraine Kennedy, who he married in 1956.
They began their family the following year.
Reg always considered his marriage to Lorraine, which endured for over 64 years, to be his life's greatest achievement.
Reg was an outstanding athlete with Western Districts Athletics Club and a dynamic footballer who played with Alberton United, Port Adelaide, Peterborough, Naracoorte and Ramblers.
As an Assistant Engineer in the administration office of the railways in Murray Bridge, Reg was well respected for his integrity and commitment by his work colleagues.
He regularly travelled throughout South Australia overseeing maintenance and construction projects.
He was always actively involved in his local community, serving on school and sporting club committees, Uniting Church executive roles, Neighbourhood Watch, Meals on Wheels, Community Lifestyles and numerous others.
Many residents of Murray Bridge will remember Reg as a highly active man, who regularly walked and exercised, taking responsibility for his own health and fitness, while also encouraging it in others.
He served in junior coaching roles at Rambler Football Club for many years and always took great interest in the lives of his six children and many grandchildren.
Beginning in his fifties, Reg competed in several marathons, half marathons and fun runs and always followed and promoted good health advice regarding diet and lifestyle choices.
His service to the Uniting Church in Murray Bridge was enormous, and as a follower of Jesus he was a faithful servant and remained deeply committed to the church until his passing on April 24, 2020.
A humble and modest man, Reg valued his time with family most of all and recognised the considerable benefits he gained by helping others in need whenever he could.
Due to strict COVID restrictions at the time of Regs' funeral service, which was held in the Uniting Church at Murray Bridge, there were only eight close family members in attendance.
He was 94 years of age at the time of his death and is survived by his wife Lorraine and five remaining children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.