AFP Former Members who have passed away since 1979. We say goodbye to those members who have served, and we say thank you for your service. R.I.P. Our sincerest condolences to family and friends, both blood and blue.

August Tributes

DateTypeEvent
01-08-2005Died on this dayJohn "Jack" PASSANT
01-08-2014Died on this dayJames McMichael JAMIESON aged 81
01-08-2017Died on this dayDennis Wayne MITCHELL aged 62
01-08-2019Died on this dayColin Jayachandran BROWN aged 43
02-08-2013Died on this dayIan 'Jock' Macdonald LOVIE aged 91
04-08-1984Died on this dayJohn Michael ZEGENHAGEN
04-08-1995Died on this dayGary Brian BARNES
05-08-2013Died on this dayGraeme John CHAPMAN aged 65
05-08-2015Died on this dayNarelle BETTENAY
08-08-2009Died on this dayBenjamin Kevin CURTIS 30
08-08-2016Died on this dayBryan John WARREN aged 75
12-08-2017Died on this dayRaymond John SCHWARTZ aged 63
13-08-2018Died on this dayKeon Maurice BELL
14-08-2011Died on this dayRoy Alfred WILSON aged 94
14-08-2012Died on this dayBruce PROVOST aged 65
14-08-2016Died on this dayJohn William SALES aged 74
15-08-2016Died on this dayClarence Henry BYARD aged 92
15-08-2018Died on this dayGarry Ian GRIFFITHS aged 74
16-08-2016Died on this dayJayda THOMAS aged 38
17-08-2003Died on this dayJacaline DILLON aged 49
18-08-2014Died on this dayLeo KOBIER aged 66
18-08-2014Died on this dayJennifer Therese CODY aged 49
18-08-2019Died on this dayThomas Edward CAMPLIN aged 74
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19-08-2009Died on this dayLester CROSS
22-08-2002Died on this dayGeoffrey Ronald FRY aged 62
22-08-2016Died on this dayMichael CRAN aged 67
23-08-2012Died on this dayDavid Paul DOBSON aged 47
25-08-2016Died on this dayAlan JACKSON aged 61
25-08-2017Died on this dayKevin NIVISON-SMITH aged 88
26-08-2019Died on this dayAdrian Thomas BROPHY
27-08-2010Died on this dayPaul BREEN aged 47
28-08-2018Died on this dayEmma Louise THORPE aged 34
29-08-2013Died on this dayCollin Patrick McEVOY aged 66
29-08-2016Died on this dayMichael Edward CRAFT aged 74
29-08-2018Died on this dayAndrew Charles HUGHES aged 62
30-08-1998Died on this dayAlan Peter KINGSTON aged 44
30-08-2013Died on this dayRalph Melville DAVIS aged 82
31-08-2014Died on this dayRobert Stanley BENSON aged 65
 

In Memoriam


1 August 2019 – Colin Jayachandran BROWN – Protective Service Officer Grade 1
PSO Brown passed away on 1 August 2019 aged 43 years. PSO Brown joined the Australian Federal Police on 3 August 2009. After his graduation, PSO Brown was initially stationed in Woomera, before transferring to Parliament House, and later, The Lodge in Canberra. At the time of his passing, PSO Brown was attached to Program Rampart, Adelaide. For his service PSO Brown was awarded the:

  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal


1 August 2014 – James McMichael Jamieson – Retired Superintendent
Late of Ainslie Aged 81. Loving husband of Mina (dec). Cherished father of Patricia, William, Angela, Pauline and Fiona (dec). Grandfather to Ben, Jessika, Jack, Riley and Tim. Great Grandfather to Heidi and Vincent.


1 August 2017 – Dennis Wayne MITCHELL – Detective Sergeant
Mr Mitchell passed away aged 62 years. Mr Mitchell joined the Australian Federal Police on 16 July 1982. He began his career in Sydney working in a number of areas including, Protection and Drug Operations before transferring to the ACT in 1990. During his service in the ACT Mr Mitchell worked in the legal services team, general duties and regional investigations. He deployed to Cyprus in 1999 with the 60th United Nations Contingent. Mr Mitchell separated from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Detective Sergeant on 28 October 2000. For his service Mr Mitchell was awarded

  • the Police Overseas Service Medal, Cyprus Clasp,
  • the National Medal and
  • the United Nations Cyprus Medal.


2 August 2013 – Ian ‘Jock’ Macdonald LOVIE – Senior Sergeant
Former Senior Sergeant Ian ‘Jock’ MacDonald LOVIE, died aged 91. Jock began his career in 1960 with the Commonwealth Police and carried through to serve with the AFP until 1982 when he retired.


4 August 1984 – John Michael ZEGENHAGEN – Senior Constable
John Zegenhagen was appointed to the Commonwealth Police Force in January 1974. On 9 June 1978 he was engaged in diplomatic and consular security in Brisbane. In the early morning his Commonwealth Police vehicle left the road and plunged into the Brisbane River. Senior Constable Zegenhagen suffered critical injuries and died on 4 August 1984 after being in a coma for over six years.


5 August 2013 – Graeme John CHAPMAN
Graeme John CHAPMAN, died aged 65. Graeme began his career in 1975 with the Commonwealth Police and carried through to serve with the AFP until 2000.


8 August 2016 – Bryan John WARREN – Retired Station Sergeant
Station Sergeant WARREN passed away on the 8th of August 2016 aged 75 years. Station Sergeant WARREN joined the ACT Police on the 21st of November 1963. He worked in community policing and other roles in the ACT and was sworn in as a member of the Australian Federal Police in 1979. Station Sergeant WARREN was well known to many of the AFP members who worked in the ACT until his retirement in February 1989.


14 August 2016 – John William SALES – Retired Sergeant
John William SALES passed away aged 74 years. Mr Sales is survived by his wife Pauline , his daughter’s Tracey & Jodie and son Bradley. Mr SALES Joined the ACT Police on the 13 September 1971. He worked in General Duties’ and Criminal Records. Mr SALES transitioned to the AFP on its formation in 1979. He retired from the AFP on 5 October 1995 attaining the rank of Sergeant. In recognition of his service Mr SALES was awarded

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal and
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal


15 August 2016 – Clarence Henry BYARD – Retired Protective Service Senior Constable
Clarence Henry Byard passed away aged 92. PS Senior Constable Byard joined the Peace Officer Guard on 10 November 1951. He was then sworn in as a member of the Commonwealth Police on 21 April 1960 when the Commonwealth Police was formed by the amalgamation of the Peace Officer Guard and the Commonwealth Investigations Service. In 1979 he was sworn in as a member of the Australian Federal Police and continued in his role as a Protective Service Officer until he retired on 13 August 1989. Records indicate that he worked most of his career at Maralinga and Woomera in South Australia.


15 August 2018 – Garry Ian GRIFFITHS – Retired Detective Superintendent
Mr Griffiths passed away aged 74 years. Mr Griffiths joined the Commonwealth Police on 14 November 1966, transferred to the Australian Capital Territory Police on 18 September 1967 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day. Mr Griffiths gained his Detective designation in 1975. During his career Mr Griffiths worked in General Duties, Traffic Branch, Investigations, as City Station Canberra OIC and the Australian Bomb Data Centre. Mr Griffiths retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Detective Superintendent on 22 March 1996. For his service Mr Griffiths is awarded:

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal and Clasp
  • AFP Service Medal


16 August 2016 – Jayda Thomas – Protective Services Officer
Ms Thomas passed away aged 38 years. PSO Thomas joined the Australian Federal Police on 20 February 2012. During her time with the AFP Ms Thomas worked for Protection at Parliament House, the International Deployment Group, Op ETON – Christmas Island, Op DUVAL – Darwin and at the AFP College, Barton. Ms Thomas separated from the Australian Federal Police on 24 July 2014.


18 August 2014 – Leo Kobier – Retired Senior Constable
Leo Kobier took early retirement from the AFP in 1990 and passed away aged 66. Formerly of Sandgate, Beresfield, Canberra and Sanctuary Point. Passed away peacefully at Wollongong Hospital. Loved and cherished husband of Margaret. Father, father-in-law, Opa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Rest in peace.


18 August 2019 – Thomas “Tom” Edward CAMPLIN
Passed away aged 74. Husband of Barbara, Dad of Cheryl (deceased), Kerry (deceased) and Sandra. Father-in-law of Craig and Brenton. Pa of Dani and Ryan, Jamie, Emma, VIicki, Maddie and Jayden, Thomas, Sean, Chantel and William. Great-Pa of Alyssa, Mackenzie and future baby. Will be sadly missed.


22 August 2002 – Geoffrey Ronald FRY – Retired Detective Superintendent
Geoff Ronald Fry passed away at Batemans Bay District Hospital at the age of 62 years and was cremated at Norwood Park Crematorium. Dickson. He was born in Luton, England. He joined the former ACT Police and was a Detective Sergeant by 1st Feb 1977. He was an instructor at the training college when it was in Gorman House at Barton. He was attached to the Australian Embassy in London as the AFP liaison officer in 1989, he served there for a few years. Up to his retirement he was a Det Supt with the NCIB (National Criminal Investigation Branch). He moved to Batemans Bay later on in his retirement where he lived until his passing.


22 August 2016 – Michael CRAN – Sergeant
Michael CRAN passed away aged 67. Sergeant CRAN joined the Commonwealth Police on 5 November 1973. He became a member of the AFP on 18 November 1979 and worked at a number of locations within the organisation before finishing at Protection Intelligence, Melbourne, when he retired on 17 April 2008. For his service Sergeant CRAN was awarded

  • National Medal with 15 and 25 years clasps
  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • AFP Service Medal


23 August 2012 – David Paul DOBSON – Former Federal Agent
Paul died aged 47. His policing career with the AFP was from June 1991 to August 2008. His closing years of service were in surveillance in Melbourne. He was awarded

  • National Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • Operations Medal (Sorbet).


25 August 2016 – Alan JACKSON – Retired Protective Service Officer
PSO Jackson passed away aged 61 years. PSO Jackson joined the Australian Federal Police on 12 February 2007. PSO Jackson worked the majority of his career in the Diplomatic Protection Unit, Sydney. He retired from the Australian Federal Police on 11 January 2016.


25 August 2017 – Kevin NIVISON-SMITH – Retired Station Sergeant
Mr Nivison-Smith passed away aged 88 years. Mr Nivison-Smith joined the ACT Police on 31 December 1959 having already served with the NSW Police. Mr Nivison-Smith performed the majority of his career in general duties roles across a number of stations before retiring from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Station Sergeant on 16 December 1987. For his service Mr Nivison-Smith was awarded:

  • National Medal


28 August 2018 – Emma Louise THORPE
Mrs Thorpe passed away in hospital aged 34 years. Mrs Thorpe joined the Australian Federal Police on 19 December 2005. During her time Mrs Thorpe worked mainly in Forensics and International Deployment Group – Pacific Police Development Program Regional – Forensics. For her service Mrs Thorpe was awarded

  • AFP Service Medal


29 August 2018 – Andrew Charles HUGHES – Retired Assistant Commissioner
Former Assistant Commissioner Andrew Charles HUGHES passed away in Cairns Queensland aged 62 years. Recruited into the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Police on 19 September 1977, AC Hughes became a member of the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979. During his 33 years of police service he was a skilled investigator and Detective who went on to perform senior roles including Senior Liaison Officer LONDON (1993-2000), a member of the Executive Committee for the INTERPOL General Assembly in Rhodes, GREECE; Commissioner of Fiji Police (2003 – 2006); Chief Police Officer ACT Policing (2007), and Police Advisor to the United Nations and Head of Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the United Nations (2007-2009) after which he retired. He then returned to the AFP on several occasions as a Senior Consultant bringing back his wealth of knowledge on overseas operations.

In 2010 AC Hughes was appointed as professor in the Centre of Transnational Crime Prevention at University of Wollongong. In 2011 he was appointed as a member of the Australian Government’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules Violation panel. For his service to AC Hughes was awarded:

  • Australian Police Medal (APM)
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal (with clasp)
  • United Nations Medal (with clasp)
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal (with 30yr Clasp)


29 August 2013 – Collin Patrick McEVOY – Retired Detective Superintendent
Collin Patrick McEVOY passed away aged 66. Collin began his career in 1966 with the Australian Capital Territory Police Force and carried through to serve with the AFP until 1996, where he then returned on contract for a period until 2007.


29 August 2016 – Michael Edward CRAFT – Retired Superintendent
Superintendent Michael Edward Craft passed away aged 74 years. Superintendent Craft joined the ACT Police on 5 June 1962. His career was one of service to the ACT community as a member of ACT Policing in roles ranging from general duties to Officer in Charge, City Station. He retired from the Australian Federal Police on 17 February 1989. For his service Superintendent Craft was awarded:

  • National Medal with Clasp
  • National Police Service Medal
  • AFP Service Medal


30 August 1998 – Alan Peter KINGSTON – Senior Constable
‘Kingo’ as most of us knew him, passed away aged 44. He was a great friend and even better Police Officer who is still sadly missed. (Sentiments from Bob Stephenson). A short speech was made in the ACT Legislative Assembly by his mate Dave Rugendyke which can be found here: http://www.hansard.act.gov.au/hansard/1998/week06/1851.htm


30 August 2013 – Ralph Melville DAVIS – Retired Senior Sergeant
Ralph Melville DAVIS passed away aged 82. Ralph served with the AFP in various posts and locations from 1979 until 1984.


31 August 2014 – Robert Stanley Benson – Retired Sergeant
Passed away aged 65 in South Australia. Mr Benson began his policing career with ACT Police on 10 May 1971, moving to the AFP with the amalgamation in 1979. Mr Benson was deployed to Embassy Squad, General Duties and Accident Squad, among others, prior to retiring on 31 March 1987. Between 1982 and 1986, Mr Benson was the elected Secretary to the AFPA.

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