The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 3 2009
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, VOLUME 59 NO. 3 2009 9 written, in his perfect handwriting, the following in the hope it would give his beloved strength while he was away. I hope that it can give you all strength as you grieve for this beautiful man: “The present circumstances which press so hard against you, is the best shaped tool to chisel you for Eternity. Do not push away the instrument, else you will lose its work.” KEN’S SISTER-IN-LAW LORRAINE TOPLISS Nothing came easily to Ken. He set goals and went about achieving his goals. With his beloved Myrtie by his side he created a very successful business. One day, many years ago, I was talking with Ken's Commanding Officer, Gerard Veitch, who put it very well when he said that no mat- ter what Ken was involved in he went in "boots and all." It was not only business that held his unflagging interest. There were his Lodge, Rotary, his much revered 2/9th Field Ambulance and his Charity work. To each in turn he gave his undivided attention, and quietly going about helping who knows how many in distress. Such was the man. To me he was the big brother I never had. Since the death of my husband, Arthur, his younger brother, Ken has been there to advise me whenever a problem arose. How I valued his guidance.With his passing I have lost not only a brother-in-law, but a very loyal, ever helpful and much loved friend, at times very hard to convince just what might be best for his wellbeing.I will miss our times together over a meal, the reminiscences of times past, of family things and happenings. Yes, Ken, I will miss you, but not forget. As you deserve, may you rest in peace. TRIBUTE PRESENTED BY BILL SHORT, REPRESENTING THE R.S.L. We are gathered here today to pay our last tribute to Kenneth Topliss who has served us in war and has now gone to join the great Army of those who fell in battle in defence of their country. Ken worked as a volunteer for the R.S.L . Association in particular, and provided wonderful service to the Legacy movement, which cares for widows and children, for a number of years. These people still talk of his selfless efforts in helping out in all facets and in absolutely glowing terms. Ken has been a member of the West Heidelberg R.S.L . well before 1990 and in speaking to a number of his friends at the R.S.L ., one thing that has become very evident is his diligence, hard work in the community, the respect which his friends have afforded him, and to quote one R.S.L. member who knew Ken quite well “he was a top bloke and a great mate”, and you really can’t say much more. “They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them. Lest we forget.” BILL FLOWERS, REPRESENTING THE 2/9th FIELD AMBULANCE The 2/9th Field Ambulance will long remember Ken Topliss. Ken, in 1968, became President of our Unit Association. As a serving member of the 2/9th Field Ambulance overseas, he served in Malaya and he was in our transport section. As my mates here from the Field Ambulance will agree with me, Ken was a good President. We’ll miss you, Ken, the eleven of us out of our Unit still existing, and one of these days we will join you, no doubt. Ken, we say most seriously “lest we forget”. Thank you. MASONIC TRIBUTE Presented by V.Wor.Bro. Bruce Ellingsen P.G .I.W. (Organist of the Samaritan Lodge No. 380). Representing Wor.Bro. Eddie Woods P.J.G.D. (Current Wor. Master). Assisting in the service V.Wor.Bro. Len Hodgson P.G .I.W.(Junior Warden of the Samaritan Lodge No. 380) The Samaritan Lodg send deepest condolences to Ken's daughter, Verna, and all the members of the extended Topliss family on the recent sad loss of her Mother Myrtle and now, so soon, her Father, Ken. Ken was an extremely experienced Freemason and I will list some of his extensive achievements: He was initiated in the Earl of Carnarvon Lodge in March 1957, passed to the 2nd Degree in June and then to the Degree of Master Mason in July of that same year. He was appointed Junior Warden in Sept. 1963, Senior Warden in Sept. 1964, and in 1965 he was installed as Worshipful Master. In 1979 the Most Worshipful Grand Master was pleased to confer Grand Honours on Ken and he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer. In 1986 he was promoted to P.J .G .D. and then again promoted in 1996 to P.G.I.Wkgs. Finally in 2006 the title of Right Wor. Bro. Kenneth Topliss P J. Grand Warden was conferred. There are a number of other degrees in Freemasonry and Ken was a member of the Metropolitan Mark Lodge where he was Choirmaster from 1958 to 1981. In 1982 he was appointed Junior Warden and in 1983, Senior Warden. In 1984 he was installed as Master of that Lodge. In additionhe was the Lodge's Welfare Officer from 1981 to 1993. When that lodge surrendered its charter he joined the Fairfield Mark Lodge. In 1998 he received conferred Grand Rank of P.G.Std. Bearer, and 2004 saw him promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon. In 1980 he joined the Coburg Ascension Sovereign Chapter Rose Croix and took the 30th Degree in the Melbourne Sovereign Council No. 62 where he was a foundation member of that Lodge. BEATRICE SHADE, SISTER-IN-LAW OF KENNETH TOPLISS Safe journey and best wishes for a friend I have admired for years. Ken’s love of music, good living and friendship will live on in our hearts for ever. In the 1970s there was a need for young musicians leaving school to have somewhere to go to further their musical experience. My husband Ern Shade formed the Eltham Concert Band, including a woodwind group he already had. When we had a concert Ken would arrive with the first prize for the raffle, and Myrtle a plate of food for supper. The Band is still operating. You could phone Ken for help on any subject. God be with you always now you have joined the love of your life. May you rest in peace. SUMMARY I knew Ken for a short time, as he sold his business the year I bought mine. It was mainly as Santa Claus at Lorne each year that I had the pleasure of the company of Ken and Myrtle. So many wll miss him. Sleep tight, Ken.
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