EMIL J HOERLER
Karl Rudolph Hoerler was born at Seraigi Plantation with his identical twin brother, Emil, in the Bainings of East New Britain.
After finishing school at Oakhill College in Castle Hill, NSW, he returned to work in Ppapua New Guinea starting as shipping clerk with Burns Philp, Rabaul, then on the family plantation until he left for the Highlands in 1972 where he became part of Dan Leahy's clan.
In the early 1980s, while at Clarence Plantation, Karl and his dear late friend, David Lloyd, started the Nori Kori Cup: a fun-filled touch footy weekend enjoyed by many people. It has since become a tradition in Goroka.
Karl loved to listen to the BBC World Service broadcasting test cricket on his shortwave transistor radio. Wherever he went, he carried the ABC cricket book with all the statistical information.
He was a coffee planter, coffee buyer and entrepreneur in his various business endeavours.
Karl had a pure heart, compassion, respect for all people and integrity.
He travelled the world, had a zest for knowledge and kept in touch with friends and acquaintances throughout his life. He cultivated and valued friendship deeply.
Karl was buried at Rebiamul Catholic Mission in Mt Hagen right next to his beloved Old Dan Leahy.
He is survived by wife Joyce, daughter Tamara, twin brother Emil and Elsa, sister Mary, eldest brother Ernest and Janice, nephews, nieces, cousins and so many friends.