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Obituary – Vale Murray Hoare

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Vale Murray Hoare (Auckland and National Executive)


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Murray Hoare, a former stalwart of Auckland Branch and National Executive who died at Ranfurly Hospital in early June .

Murray  joined us on National Executive for just a a few years

He brought with him a fresh energy and new ideas that moved us forward. His experiences with China were derived from his business entrepreneurship in a cutting edge new technological innovation, and gave clear direction to follow.

Sadly, his time with us was cut short by medical misadventure in 2015 that left him in a wheelchair and having to adapt to a new way of life. Even in this endeavour, he retained his positive outlook towards managing his changed circumstances. A true expression of “you banfa”.

Murray, those of us who had the privilege of working together with you on NZCFS Executive will always remember you fondly, and your legacy remains.

Dave Bromwich


In 2010 Madame Li Xiaolin , President of Youxie invited three members of the Society to teach English in her home province , Hubei, during October 2011. They would work in schools in Hong’an County , to the north of Wuhan, the home of her father Li Xiannian , President of the PRC in 1983.

Murray  and I were  two of the three selected he was popular in the intermediate schools, with up to 100 pupils in each classroom.

Jenevere  Foreman (Hamilton Branch)