Obituary for Robin Hocking – 10th June 1936 – 23rd December 2016

By on January 31, 2017

ROBIN was a truly good man, who over time had acquired great wisdom. He reflected an affinity to those he was associated with.

Valuing our industry’s  worth is a specialist field and we have been privileged to have had someone of Robin’s commitment and professional skill available to our industry.

Robin could see opportunity with the assets he was charged with handling. His assessments were respected by the financial sector, and I had witnessed this fact on many occasions with both first hand experience and at arms length. I would often hear this proven by comments from a lender – ”Robin’s assessments are good enough for us”.

Thinking like a banker, and having the flair of an entrepreneur, meant Robin did contribute to the commercial viability of our industry. This was always combined with highly professional reporting that has stood the test of time.

He gained great pleasure from seeing a business grow, new ideas being taken up and deals getting up. His skills were called upon from our industry throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as other sectors such as courts, banks, family trusts and other industries.

Robin was always available for advice, but was humble enough to seek the opinion of others in confirming his facts. He had an affinity with our industry, and was deeply concerned by many of the decisions made by our regulators and their potential impact upon future opportunities. He was one of few who was willing to raise his voice.

He also actively participated in the Institute of Quarrying (IQA) and was one of the inaugural members of the Construction Material Processor’s Association (CMPA). His business CJ Ham & Murray became Honorary Voting Members of the CMPA on 1st January 2002 and are still very active members today. Robin gave many hundreds of hours of time and wisdom to both organisations. He was on the CMPA Management Committee for seven years from 2006 to 2013, six of them as CMPA Treasurer.


Site Photo: 2014 CMPA Annual Dinner (Robin, Standing 1st from left)

Family and the importance of it were central in his private and working life. He reflected this in those he served and structuring his business. He loved his farm and the disciplines required to run it well.

The vibrancy of the family quarrying businesses within the state of Victoria is a direct reflection of Robin’s input to the sector.

Robin’s aura, his voice, his smile, his advice and support will be missed by many.

I  will always remember Robin as a good man who exhibited wisdom and integrity at all times.

Ron Kerr

CMPA Honorary CEO

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