Reginald Upper

 The Upper family

The Upper family

Dates: b. 1875 d. 1919

Cemetery Location: Block C, Row 12, Plot 34

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Born in Ontario, Reginald Upper came to Revelstoke in 1894 prospecting and working as a hotelier. In August 1900, he was appointed as Provincial Police and Chief Licence Inspector for the Revelstoke area. He also worked for the Revelstoke City Police, and the CPR Police. His family had a farm and dairy business where Upper Place townhouses (next to the golf course) are now located.

In September of 1919, Reginald had gone hunting with friends K.G. McRae, D.R. MacDougall and Guy Barber to Greely Creek. They returned to Revelstoke and stopped in front of Guy Barber’s Jewellery Store on Mackenzie Avenue. When Mr. Barber got out of the vehicle, two of Mr. Upper’s dogs, which were in the rear seat, became active and somehow caused one of the guns to discharge, the bullet entering Mr. Upper’s body just under the right arm, penetrating the right lung. He was rushed to the hospital, but died three hours later, leaving behind his wife, Selma Turnross Upper, and seven children between the ages of two and sixteen.

 Reginald Upper fishing, date unknown

Reginald Upper fishing, date unknown