05 Jan Passing of Bob
The funeral service for Bob Hitchcock will be held on Wednesday the 15th January at 10.30am at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on the corner of Canberra Avenue and Captain Cook Crescent.
Bob Hitchcock was first and foremost a husband, father and grandfather. His dedication and love of wife Nellie (Eleonora) was paramount especially during her ill-health and passing. Their children Robert and Lara and grandchildren were more to Bob than any rugby achievement.
Bob came to Queanbeyan as a schoolteacher and his qualities as a teacher were evident in his coaching career. He coached the Australian Women’s team, the Australian Under 21’s, the Emerging Wallabies, the ACT and of course the Whites in 1977-78 and again in 1980.
There are so many achievements to list with recognition (pictured Robert and Lara with Ryan Jones and the shield) of his contribution recognised with the Bob Hitchcock Territory Shield in 2018, the 80th year of ACT rugby, into the John I. Dent competition. The Shield is held by a team until it is defeated on its home ground.
Bob is a Life Member of Queanbeyan and the ACTRU. In 2012 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to rugby.
When the infamous duo of Abbott and Hockey came to power in 2013, they embarked upon a polarising rhetoric of “lifters” versus “leaners” separating Australians into one of two camps.
Bob is a lifter and, in my language, you can be a giver or taker. Today many of those involved in the game ask “what do I get, what is in it for me” as they put their hand out.
Hitchy was a giver. He gave his all to playing and coaching. He gave as a mentor, he gave as he identified talent, he gave as he assisted young coaches, he gave supporting scholarship programs-all part of Bob’s attitude to give not to take.