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Max Hogno: a final farewell Saturday 10th October

A special farewell is being planned for Moruya Man Max Hogno who died in June this year. A scattering of Max’s ashes will be held by the Moruya Surf Club off South Head Beach on Saturday 10th October. Max joined the Moruya Surf Club in 1965, a contributing membership he maintained until his death. Along the Way Max fulfilled many functions for the club including two stints as President and was awarded the clubs 8th Life Membership. Max was also a very talented footballer playing for the Moruya Rugby League First Grade team from 1966 until his retirement in 1972. In his working life Max was the Clerk of the Court at Moruya and on retirement he became a Civil Celebrant presiding over many local weddings and celebrations. Max was a great community volunteer for many organisations and it will be the Moruya Surf Club’s honour to say this fitting farewell to Max on behalf of the Family and Club next Sunday. The Surf Club welcomes all community members to attend as our guest to this special scattering of Ashes from a Surfboat that will be our final opportunity to say thank you to Max Hogno for a life well lived and a service record that is unchallenged.

Moruya Sharks RLFC posted on June 25th: Vale – Maxwell (Max) Hogno

The Moruya Sharks RLFC are saddened to hear of the passing of Max Hogno following a short illness.

Max was an iconic member of our community. He moved to Moruya in 1965 with his wife Merle & young family (to continue his career as a Clerk of Petty Sessions – now known as Court Registrar) and our township became better for it.

Max was an all round sportsperson but his two main passions were Rugby League and the Surf Life Saving movement, excelling at both.

He was an outstanding and gifted league player with his preferred position being centre but equally as skilful at lock or five-eight.

His job took him to a number of country towns where he quickly established himself in each A grade side as a leading player as well as representing the various Groups and Divisions. He also received offers to play for Balmain and Western Suburbs in the elite Sydney ARL competition but he turned them down choosing his career and family first.

He captained/coached the Nowra Warriors in Group 7 to consecutive grand finals and prior to coming to Moruya was captain/coach of Bombala in our Group 16 competition also leading them to a grand final.

It was while playing for Bombala he became the greatest ever single game point scorer in A grade rugby league where he amassed a record individual tally of 40 points (6 tries and 11 goals) against an opposing Group 16 team – 46 points in todays scoring as try’s were only 3 points then.

A record that still stands to this day.

In 1965 Moruya did not have a team with many Moruya players playing for Bodalla including Max as captain coach.

Moruya reformed in 1966 with Max coaching the reserve grade side and playing first grade, who made the GF, only to be defeated

In 1969 whilst playing first grade he succeeded this time in coaching the reserve grade to win the title. Known records indicate that this was the first, reserve grade premiership for the Moruya Club. Testimony to the victory is proudly displayed with a team photo hanging on the wall of fame at the Adelaide Hotel, the Sharks major sponsor.

Also in the same year the first grade team made the grand final only to be beaten again.

Max played and coached both first & lower grades including junior teams for Moruya with distinction from 1966 to his retirement from the game in 1972. A career spanning 17 years playing in the top grade as well as achieving an impressive representative resume’.

He still remained an ardent supporter of the Sharks, rarely missing a home game.

His second passion being Surf Life Saving began at the Nowra – Culburra club whilst coaching the Warriors and he soon joined the Moruya SLSC on his arrival to town

Max’s extensive involvement and contribution to the club (to the present day) and the Surf Life Saving movement in general was recognised with life membership of both his Moruya Club and the Far South Coast Branch, SLSA.

Max (together with Merle) was dedicated to the community and he held various executive/volunteer positions with many clubs and charitable organisations including President of our Moruya RLFC and the Surf Club.

His community and sporting achievements culminated in him being an Olympic Torch Relay Runner in 2000 as well as receiving a Commonwealth Sports Medal Award.

Max was a true gentleman and he will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him.

Our deepest condolences are extended to his wonderful wife Merle and family.

Above: Max Hogno pictured in the Moruya Examiner, 1969 On 7th December 2011 Max was guest presenter to a Moruya Rotary meeting. They reported: Max, on his arrival in Moruya in 1965 as Clerk of Petty Sessions, found that the position carried considerable weight in the community, and no wonder as he enumerated on the 7th December 2011 to a Moruya Rotary meeting the many tasks which had been progressively added to the functions of the court. At one point in the late 60s, he found he had 23 “hats”. In addition to the administration of the Petty Sessions, the Court housed the District Court every few months. Sittings in Batemans Bay, Narooma and Bodalla required his support. He was the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and could conduct marriages - he still does as a civil celebrant. The Registrar of the Small Debts Court and the Family Law Court were separate tasks. He was the Clerk of the Fair Rents Board, the Licensing Court, the Mining Registrar, the Crown Land Agent, the agent for the Public Trustee, the Government Insurance Office, Parks and Wildlife. He had electoral duties, supervised Local Government exams, conducted English tests for immigrants, shorthand and typing tests for the Public Service. Allied with all these was his community work: a life member of the Surf Club because of his work there as Secretary and Treasurer, Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, Golf Club Treasurer and President, pre school committee, 2EAR Committee, rugby player and coach. His community and sporting achievements culminated in him being an Olympic Torch Relay Runner in 2000 as well as receiving a Commonwealth Sports Medal Award.

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