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Roland 'Rocka' Baker mourned

Popular Kyabram man 'Rocka' Baker known for beard, tattoos and jovial nature.

June 18, 2014 3:30am

Local Roland 'Rocka' Baker has passed away aged 61.

Kyabram icon Roland ‘‘Rocka’’ Baker has died aged 61.

Rocka’s family and friends have expressed their grief at the death of man who lived a life full of humour and love.

A devoted father and brother, Rocka was a colourful character in Kyabram recognisable by his long beard and full-body tattoos.

Rocka was born in Mooroopna and grew up on a sheep farm in Boomanoomana, near Yarrawonga.

He would go on to have a life full of interesting jobs, including as a paratrooper and an elephant trainer with Perry Brothers Circus for six years.

Sister Dawn said Rocka was always trying to get a laugh and was a larrikin from an early age.

‘‘I remember one Saturday afternoon very well when we were young and our parents had gone to the pub,’’ she said.

‘‘Rocka decided to play Three Billy Goats because there was a little wooden bridge just outside the pub over a channel. At closing time when all the men came out and walked over the bridge Rocka yelled ‘Who’s that stomping on my bridge?’ and some of the men got such a fright, they fell in.’’

Dawn said Rocka’s sense of humour got him through life, even extending to the day he died.

For a full tribute to ‘Rocka’ read the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.

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