Reg Johnston

Life Membership Awarded - 1960/1961

Reg was born in 1918 and moved with his family from Brunswick to Croydon in the mid 1920's. The family lived on Maroondah Highway on the site now occupied by Budget Rent a Car (previously Allen's Bus Hire). Reg went to Croydon North State School up to Merit Certificate level and had ideas of becoming a Pharmacist. Family finances at the time did not allow this and Reg became a local bus driver for Wilson's Buses prior to serving our country in the Second World War from 1942 to 1946. In the late 1940's Reg went into the Ice, Fuel and Fodder business. He had premises at Mont Albert and then Balwyn for 20 years before spending the last 10 years of his working life at Bill Patterson Motors in Ringwood.

Reg commenced his cricket career at Croydon North Cricket Club in the 1930's and was the club Secretary when it went into war recess in 1941. He remained as Secretary until the late 1940's and was the club's first Premiership Captain – 1948/49 in C Grade. He was a club delegate to the RDCA for a number of years and was made a Life Member at Croydon North in 1950. In 1951 he turned to umpiring and became the Foundation President of the RDCA Umpires Association in 1955. He umpired Carnival matches for the Under 23 National Championships and went on to become the RDCA Umpires Advisor and later became the Umpires Association first Life Member in 1974. Minutes of the RDCA Executive Meeting held on 12/12/1958 noted Reg's appointment as an umpire for the VJCU (Victorian Junior Cricket Union) versus South Australia to be played at the Junction Oval on the 29th and 30th of December 1958. Reg also served as an Association selector and managed Representative Teams in the early 1960's.

After joining the RDCA Executive in the mid 1950's he served as a Vice President during the 1959/60 to 1962/3 seasons and was awarded Life Membership of the Association during the 1960/61 season as recognition for his dedicated service over a number of years. This service continued as he became President of the Association for 5 years between 1963 and 1967.

Other interests included bowls and the Masonic Fraternity where he served as a Past Master and Grand Lodge Officer. He also served on the local Football League Tribunal. Reg passed away in June 1982.

Reg's son Ken Johnston is also an RDCA Life Member as is his brother in law Alby Westcott.

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