Sixty one kayakers & forty five onlookers gathered at Settlement Point Reserve last Thursday morning to farewell local ‘legend’ Roger Price.
Roger passed away on December 28 aged 81. Born in Wales, he arrived in Australia when he was 16. Many locals will remember seeing him cycling around town, bushy beard flying in the breeze.
At 7am, as the sun broke through the smoke haze, the cicadas were singing up a storm, the surf was pounding in the distance & bubbles glinted on the water. From all directions, members of the Port Macquarie Hastings Canoe Club (PMHCC), family & friends assembled to participate in, & be a part of, a moving water tribute to Roger. Friends from across Roger’s past & recent areas of activity gathered on the water, or lined the shore, to witness the raised paddle salute & observe a minute’s silence in his honour.
Roger (& his partner Barbara) were foundation members of the PMHCC & Roger was vice president in 2010. The couple has also been involved & well respected in several paddling disciplines including white water, ocean & flat water.
Roger & Barbara moved from Balmain to Port Macquarie in 1993. They have been familiar figures around Port on their tandem bicycle which has taken them on some epic cycling adventures around the world covering many thousands of kms.
Roger’s solo adventures, & those he undertook with Barbara, read like something from an adventure book. They are something many of us at some point or another have dreamed of doing.
After the water ceremony, flowers were scattered & the colourful flotilla then paddled around Pelican Island, a paddle Roger had undertaken many times. At the conclusion of the paddle everyone gathered at Pipeworks Café to share stories & memories of Roger & listen to anecdotes of his adventures & instances of his kindness & generosity of spirit.
Roger lived life to its fullest & touched many with his kindness, knowledge, warmth & friendship. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
VALE ROGER PRICE