Echo drudges were saddened to learn of the death last week of longtime staff member Tuppy Lang after a brief battle with lung cancer. She died last weekend, supported by her loving children Yana and Shey.
Tuppy’s career with The Echo spanned some 30 years.
She was an expert, accurate typist and fundamental to getting The Echo out each week.
In the early days she typed copy, sometimes handwritten, into a phototypesetting machine, then to be pasted onto cardboard layouts with Cow Gum.
Once the digital age truly arrived, Tuppy took over the daunting layout of the classifieds section, showing remarkable precision under deadline pressure each week in putting that jigsaw together. She also continued to type in the few letters to the editor still arriving in paper form.
The Echo has been very fortunate to have Tuppy, says Echo production manager Ziggi Browning.
‘Tuppy is one of those employees that you might not realise how lucky you are to have on your team. A worker in the true sense of the word – she got so much work done. Tuppy had a combination of tenacity and a can-do attitude. She also fearlessly strove for impossibly high standards of literacy, which is great for a publishing company like ours.’
Tuppy’s life in publishing also included working with former NSW MP and local ceramicist Richard Jones on his 1980s magazine Simply Living.
Jones told The Echo Tuppy was a cheerful hardworking member of the team. ‘She was a truly erudite, lovely person.’
Among the loves of her life apart from her now adult children, of whom she was extremely proud, was tennis.
This would involve staying up most of the night to watch some of the grand slams but somehow she was still able to wrangle the classifieds accurately the next day.
May 9 celebration
A celebration of Tuppy’s life will take place at Torakina Beach in Brunswick Heads from 10.30am on Wednesday May 9. Family and friends will gather for a drink at the Brunswick Pub after her ashes are scattered. Tup’s family have asked that instead of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to the Wedgetail Retreat – Northern Rivers Community Hospice – www.wedgetailretreat.com.au.