He will be remembered for many things but mostly for his kindness, knowledge, warmth and friendship.
More than 100 people farewelled Roger Price at Settlement Point Reserve on January 9.
Roger passed away on December 28. He was aged 81 years.
Roger and his partner Barbara were foundation members of the Port Macquarie Hastings Canoe Club. He served as vice president in 2010.
The couple were also involved and well respected in several paddling disciplines including white water, ocean and flat water.
Roger and Barbara moved from Balmain to Port Macquarie in 1993.
They have been familiar figures around Port Macquarie on their tandem bicycle which has taken them on some epic cycling adventures around the world covering many thousands of kilometres.
Roger's solo adventures, and 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.
Sixty-one kayakers and forty-five onlookers gathered at Settlement Point Reserve to farewell Roger.
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, said canoe club member Caroline Swan-Webber.
"At 7am, as the sun broke through the smoke haze, the cicadas were singing up a storm, the surf was pounding in the distance and bubbles glinted on the water," she said.
"From all directions, members of the canoe club, family and friends assembled to participate in, and be a part of, a moving water tribute to Roger.
"Friends from across Roger's past and recent areas of activity gathered on the water, or lined the shore, to witness the raised paddle salute and observe a minute's silence in his honour.
"After the water ceremony, flowers were scattered & the colourful flotilla then paddled around Pelican Island, a paddle Roger had undertaken many times," she said.
"At the conclusion of the paddle everyone gathered at Pipeworks Café to share stories and memories of Roger and listen to anecdotes of his adventures, instances of his kindness and generosity of spirit."
Roger lived life to its fullest and touched many with his kindness, knowledge, warmth and friendship.
He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
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