NZRCA Life Member Roger Hoe passed away 18 September 2014. Roger was a stalwart of New Zealand Rodeo and will be missed.
HOE, Roger William. Passed peacefully 18 September 2014 at home with family. Dearly loved husband of Angela. Loved father and father-in-law of Reno, Tricia and Ken, Michelle and Mark. Treasured Nonno of Holly, Joshua, Benjamin, Ellie, Adam and Rihanna.
The following is the Glenn Campin's Eulogy to Roger Hoe delivered at his funeral
Roger rodeoed for 50 years. It was his passion. It moulded his character and created an incredible lifetime of memories. After Competing in NZ and Australia in the late 50s and early 60’s he went on the road again in the late 70s and eventually became the most respected and loved judge in Rodeo.
He was selected (by the nation’s top competitors) to judge the National Finals Rodeo more than any other Judge, and was made a Life Member of the NZ Rodeo Cowboys Assn. Roger was very deserving of this honour because of his accuracy and integrity.
His complete understanding and respect for the sport of Rodeo was amazing. He always responded to all situations with the good Cowboy approach to handle things. (This also included the parties and entertaining moments of course).
Always extremely popular he became like a second father to many cowboys. He had the confidence to listen to all opinions then proceed with the correct one. His demeanour, conduct, and passion for Rodeo made him love and respected by everyone involved in the sport from Kaitaia to Invercargill.
Just before Xmas I visited with Roger, and fully realised his situation so called Hobbsy and Chunk and organised a road trip to Gisborne and Opotiki Rodeos. What a trip!
The stories flowed on and on! Caught up with old friends – visited old locations – the whole deal!
The fun, the laughter, the lunacy – all there with Roger landing the foray as usual. This road trip bought back all the fantastic times, places, moments, people and memories that we enjoyed with Roger – cause you couldn’t go down the road with anyone better!
Roger loved and was very proud of his family, and really loved you grandkids – so you can all be really proud of you Nor Nor – cause he truly was a legend.
I’ve been chasing this dream since I was fifteen
Now I’m pushing seventy and still on the scene
Fifty years on the circuit the riding’s long gone
The waist’s getting thicker, hell life’s gone all wrong
I see these young cowboys with talent to burn
Just wasting it all, then they never return
I also see others who’ll struggle to win
But turn up at Rodeo’s again and again
Now I know what it’s like to have been in a slump
To never be able to climb over that hump
But then things turn round you start winning again
And somehow it seems it was worth all the pain
I’m proud to be western to have met some good mates
I know I’m not perfect and I’ve made some mistakes
But in life’s arena I’ve tried to be fair
And I know in my heart that I’ve been on the square.
What I’d five for the chance to start out again
To be young and ambitious and willing to learn
But time has moved on and I’ve had my fling
And after all is said and done,
I wouldn’t change a thing.