Statement on Richard Hockey
I was very sad to learn of the death over the weekend of Richard Hockey, one of our area’s better known citizens and father of former Member for North Sydney, the Hon. Joe Hockey.
Mr Hockey, a long-term resident of Northbridge, was well known on the north shore as a successful real estate agent and, before that, the owner of a popular deli in Chatswood.
He very much exemplified that success of Australia’s migration story.
Born in Bethlehem of Armenian and Palestinian parents, Mr Hockey migrated to Australia in 1948.
His childhood was incredibly tough in a part of the world suffering war and civil strife.
Mr Hockey was determined to make a better life in Australia and, through sheer hard work and an understanding of his customers, he built a successful small business from his own ingenuity.
While initially an active Labor supporter (in fact naming his son after Ben Chifley), he became a staunch Liberal during the period of the Whitlam government.
I know that Mr Hockey was exceptionally proud of Joe’s achievements in parliament, public life and most recently as Australia’s ambassador to the United States.
He was a great father to Joe and his brothers and sister and, for the rest of us, a fatherly figure who was always exceptionally generous with his time and support. A true gentleman, he was very highly regarded by members of the Liberal Party in the North Sydney electorate.
He will be missed by so many in the community who were proud to know him and call him a friend.
I extend my deepest sympathies to Mr Hockey’s wife Beverley and the Hockey family during this difficult time.