Melvyn (Mel) Fletcher was born on 13 March 1939 in Perth, Western Australia.
He joined the RAAF at Wagga, NSW, in January 1955 as an apprentice mechanical fitter. His military career saw him stationed in Darwin and Laverton, Vic. In 1965 he was sent to Canberra in preparation for Vietnam, but instead was promoted to sergeant and sent to Dubbo in 1967. Mel was discharged from the RAAF in 1970 and then lived in Townsville for 23 years.
Mel married Dawn in 1961 in her home town of Home Hill, North Queensland. After the wedding, they caught the 2am train to Townsville and the boat to Magnetic Island for their honeymoon. They are looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year. The Fletchers first met in Darwin, but it was 20 years before Dawn disclosed to Mel her occupation as a naval radio operator.
Mel and Dawn have five adult children: Anne, Tracey, Julie, Mark and Neil. They moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1991. In 1993 they bought their home at Kuluin, where they live today.
Mel has been an active community member, serving as Acting Secretary and Secretary of the Kuluin Neighbourhood Watch for the last 7 years. Kuluin was the first neighbourhood watch set up on the Sunshine Coast.
First involved in the National Party and then the LNP on its formation, Mel has always been an active participant in state and federal campaigns.
Steve said, “I was pleased that Mel accepted the invitation to officially open the new Buderim electorate office. It is the norm for high profile politicians or celebrities to officiate at these ceremonies but I could think of no one more worthy than a dedicated, hard-working branch and community member who remains behind the scenes and is always willing to offer assistance. Mel typifies volunteers in our community who don’t always receive recognition.”
Sadly, Mel lost his battle with cancer in October 2010. He will be missed.
Rest in peace Mel.