GOSS, Roger

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2011.

Roger Goss, commonly referred to as Stretch arrived in Esperance, WA, from Tasmania in 1976. After working as a motor mechanic for a couple of years Roger decided to take a job truck driving. He got a job with Wrights driving a 1975 cab-over Oshkosh in 1978. In 1983 Roger purchased the Oshkosh and went sub-contracting to Esperance Stock Transport; a job that would drive him into the lives and hearts of the local property owners. The Shire of Esperance is located on Western Australia's southeast coast about 725 kilometres from Perth by road. Its major industries are tourism, agriculture and fishing. Roger was particularly well-known for the humane way he carted livestock and his services were much in demand around the Esperance Shire.

In 1996 Roger changed his business to RM Goss Pty Ltd and expanded his business to cart grain, livestock and general freight throughout the area. It was a successful business and soon grew to include three trucks and a wide range of trailers to suit the diversity of his work. The Oshkosh however, always remained his favourite. Roger was known around the community as being a bit of a character and some-one who always went the extra distance to ensure he was punctual and efficient and the job was always done to the best of his ability.
 
Roger was also a very active member of his community and did a lot for the trucking industry and for the community at large. He was a keen race horse enthusiast and regularly attended and sponsored events at the Esperance Bay Turf Club.
Roger Goss passed away unexpectedly earlier this year and his brother Bruce, and friend Malcolm Ferme have restored the Oshkosh to its former glory. After having driven it across from Western Australia, they have placed it in the National Road Transport Hall of Fame for display. The Oshkosh has done more than 1.5 million miles on the original CAT engine and is a fitting tribute to a great truckie who gave his all to the industry.