Oberon mourns the loss of local legend Jock Schrader

LEGEND: Jock Schrader at the 2009 Oberon Australia Day Awards collecting his Local Legend Award. Photo: LYNNE CAUSER

LEGEND: Jock Schrader at the 2009 Oberon Australia Day Awards collecting his Local Legend Award. Photo: LYNNE CAUSER

FAMILY, friends and the wider community were saddened to hear of the passing of local legend Jock Schrader.

Jock was known as a farmer, family man, publican and one of the instigators of the Oberon Tigers Rugby League Club's success throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s as a player and coach.

It was said Jock, who played five-eighth, was “so talented he could do everything”.

Team-mate John (Bull) Harvey said Jock was the best footballer with whom he ever played.

"It's no doubt Jock should have been the Australian five-eighth through the 60s," Bull said. "But along with a whole bunch of champion young Tigers of the 60s, the bright lights of Sydney weren't so bright. Players stayed in Oberon to work on their farms, stay close to family and play for the greatest Australian country league team - the Oberon Tigers.

"Don't worry, a lot of Oberon players in the 60s were offered big money to play for Sydney clubs, but chose not to. 

"Jock was an inspiration to his teams; he had the ability to sum up a situation and capitalise on the opposition’s weaknesses. His determination and long raking kicks and strong defence were his strengths." 

Jock coached Oberon Tigers first grade in 1968, 1969 and 1970 and again in 1974 and 1985. 

He represented Group 10, Western Division, toured New Zealand with Country and played with Country Firsts in 1965, 1966 and 1968. 

Jock was awarded Local Legend of the Year at Oberon's Australia Day awards in 2009. He was recognised for his contribution to rugby league in Oberon and also his achievement as an A grade cricketer.

Jock was a widely known local, through farming and grazing, and also for being in partnership of the Royal Hotel for 15 years and being the publican there for five years.

More importantly, he was recognised as an individual who epitomised the spirit of the community, and whose humour and character resembled the typical nature of our country town.

Jock is survived by his wife Jane and daughters Sally and Nicky.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at the Oberon RSL Club this Thursday, June 14 at 11am.