We have the sad news to share with you that Carl Tupper passed away last night (12/29/2010). So many of us grew up hanging out at BSI Comics and learning at the feet of Carl. Carl was the sage of my youth. He gave the best advice, whether you asked for it or not. You knew advice was coming when you heard, “Let me preface this by saying that I can solve all of your problems but none of my own.”
Carl was also a reliable source of work for us kids. Kids regularly asked Carl for work, and Carl always found something for a kid to do–help shelve books, sweep up, any odd thing for a youngster to earn a few bucks. There was something in his DNA that made him want to help all us kids for no reason other than to keep us busy…. and earning money that we’d turn around and spend in his store. Ah, what a salesman!
Many of the friends I have today I met through Carl at his shop. Carl was a social network before the term existed. Many times I recall saying something like, “Hey Carl, I have a problem with [insert obscure problem here].” His response was always the same, no matter the problem, “I know a guy that can help.” He knew everyone and everyone knew him–and everyone who knew him liked him. You couldn’t help yourself from liking him. He never forgot a face and would recall the most obscure story you had related to him but had long forgotten.
We all have stories about Carl and I encourage you to leave yours in the comments.We will miss you, Carl, but we know your spirit will always be in the shop.
Here is the information about Carl and the funeral arrangements:
Carl Ray Tupper entered into eternal rest on December 29, 2010. He was born on November 2, 1940 and lived to be 70 years old. Carl was the beloved husband of Linda McGowan Tupper. He was the loving father of four children: Lisa Potter, Courtney Johnson, Stacey Fassbender, and Scott Tupper and to son-in-laws Richard Potter, Steven Johnson, and Ron Fassbender and daughter-in-law Dawn Deffner Tupper.
Carl was the grandfather of Alex Avgikos, Leigh Ann Loban, Rachel Leininger, Madison, Harris, and Terryn Potter, Jeremy, Tom, Alice and Erin Potter ,Tyler, Tate, and Kara Johnson, Quinn and Blaine Fassbender, Patrick and Brooke Tupper, and ten great-grandchildren.
He was the founder and proprietor of BSI Comics, Inc., for 30 years. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral mass at Lakelawn Funeral Home, 5100 Ponchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA, on Monday January 3rd, 2011 at 1 PM. Visitation will be from 11am till 3pm until service time, followed by interment in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.