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July Tributes

DateTypeEvent
01-07-2000Died on this dayDanny PUGH aged 44
01-07-2008Died on this dayKendelle Meredith CLARK aged 36
01-07-2013Died on this dayJohn (Jack) Alec DAVIS aged 82
02-07-2010Died on this dayClarence (Clarry) Henry KITE aged 86
02-07-2019Died on this dayDominic Francis COLEMAN aged 52
03-07-1998Died on this dayRichard Gordon ALLATSON aged 66
03-07-2011Died on this dayTerrance David WRIGHT aged 73
04-07-2017Died on this dayBrett Robert POOLE aged 53
05-07-2007Died on this dayJohn Gerhardt Van Der VLIET
05-07-2013Died on this dayNorman James DORRINGTON aged 62
06-07-2008Died on this dayDr Donald Abercrombie SMYTH aged 85
06-07-2018Died on this dayBrian Malcolm JOHNSON aged 81
07-07-2014Died on this dayMichael Walter COYLE aged 78
08-07-1997Died on this dayKenneth Ernest CURNOW aged 62
09-07-2009Died on this dayBrent Edward ALDRIDGE aged 57
10-07-2018Died on this dayAndrew Graeme BRYCE aged 53
11-07-2020Died on this daySteele Dominic DIGGLES aged 42
13-07-2020Died on this dayMurray James WILSON aged 58
15-07-2007Died on this dayColin Reginald FRY aged 47
15-07-2011Died on this dayRaymond Norman WHYTE aged 68
15-07-2018Died on this dayJoe Grace Martin aged 59
16-07-2007Died on this dayGavin PERKINS aged 45
17-07-2015Died on this dayJohn Stanley WARD aged 74
17-07-2017Died on this dayJohn Leonard COURT aged 80
17-07-2020Died on this dayDennis Reginald PATTLE aged 73
18-07-2019Died on this dayIan Kent WEBBER aged 76
19-07-2011Died on this dayKevin Leonard SMITH aged 65
20-07-2020Died on this dayRobin Mostyn HUNTER aged 78
21-07-1993Died on this dayJan DeJAGER aged 48
22-07-2014Died on this dayBarrie John Brown AM aged 77
22-07-2017Died on this dayDonald Andrew MCLEOD aged 62
22-07-2020Died on this dayWarren Clive Bolton WOODS aged 78
23-07-2010Died on this dayAnastatia Mary LYONS aged 51
23-07-2018Died on this dayLinda Luisa RICCIARDI aged 50
23-07-2020Died on this dayRobert John Noel PRIGG aged 89
24-07-1987Died on this dayFreddy Johannes BOUMAN aged 44
25-07-2013Died on this dayNeville "Taffy" WILLIAMS aged 80
27-07-2011Died on this dayRoss Alan O’CONNOR, OAM aged 60
28-07-2005Died on this dayPhillip Lester COTTER aged 56
28-07-2018Died on this dayPatrick Raymond HARRIS aged 57
29-07-2009Died on this daySusan PRICE        52
30-07-2015Died on this daySally Moira THISTLEWAITE      59

In Memoriam


1 July 2000 – Danny PUGH – Senior Constable – AFP2290
Danny was born on 8 May 1956 and passed away in Canberra aged 44 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force working in Sydney and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation day in 1979. He was a member of the Close Protection Branch. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


1 July 2008 – Kendelle Meredith Louise CLARK – Federal Agent – AFP5270
Kendelle was born at Frankston, Victoria on 2 February 1972 and died at Mornington, Victoria, aged 36 years from cancer.  She did some great work with Op Alliance and in Timor, also worked in Jakarta.


1 July 2013 – John (Jack) Alec DAVIS – Retired Chief Inspector – AFP64
Jack was born on at Luton, Bedfordshire, England on 5 March 1931 and died in Brisbane, QLD aged 82 years. Jack’s early policing career was in the United Kingdom. In 1967 he joined the Commonwealth Police seeing service at various times in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. Jack was stationed in Woomera, SA, at the introduction of the AFP in 1979 and soon moved to Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Headquarters retiring in 1985 at the rank of Chief Inspector. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


2 July 2010 – Clarence (Clarry) Henry KITE – Federal Agent – AFP1481
Clarry was born on 13 April and died in Canberra aged 86 years. Clarry who was known as “Boy” to his family joined the Commonwealth Police Force and worked in Uniform in Canberra. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979 and worked in General Policing in the ACT.


2 July 2019 – Dominic Francis COLEMAN – Federal Agent – AFP13641
Dominic was born on 8 August 1966 and passed away on 2 July 2019 aged 52 years. F/A Coleman joined the Australian Federal Police in February 2002 as a Protective Service Officer. After completing the Air Security Officer (ASO) Program in May 2002 he was deployed to Melbourne Airport. F/A Coleman was deployed to the Solomon Islands, and also completed a 6 month deployment at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. In May 2013 he completed the Project Macer Transition Program, becoming a sworn Police Officer and was deployed to general duties Melbourne Airport . In January 2014 F/A Coleman was transferred to the ASO program in Melbourne. For his service F/A Coleman was awarded the:

  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • AFP Operations Medal
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct.


3 July 1998 – Richard (Dick) Gordon ALLATSON – Retired Detective Chief Superintendent – AFP29

Dick was born in Norfolk, UK on 20 January 1932 and died in Canberra aged 66 years. Mr ALLATSON saw his first police service with Norwich City Police in 1954. A two-year national service posting to Singapore, a three-year spell with the Nyasaland Police in central Africa, and more service with Norwich police in the intervening years took him up to 1966 when he emigrated to Australia and joined the former Commonwealth Police in Canberra. Working his way up from Constable, he served in a number of areas, including plainclothes (Senior Sergeant in charge of Australian Capital Territory), Inspector in charge, Salisbury, South Australia, Assistant Chief Instructor of the Australian Police College, Sydney, VIP security and headquarters staff in the AFP as Staff Officer (Crime Department). He did three tours of Cyprus, firstly as a member of the 13th Contingent (April 1976 – April 1977) and as the Commander of both the 17th Contingent (April 1980 – June 1981) and 18th Contingent (June 1981 – June 1982). He was known as the “Velvet Sledge Hammer” by those at Special Projects. “One of the best”. Mr ALLATSON retired from the AFP on 28 July 1989. You can read about Dicks interesting and varied police career spanning 35 years in the attached document (click here). For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS
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5 July 2013 – Norman James DORRINGTON – AFP11086
Norman was born on 8 September 1951 and died in Canberra aged 62 years. He retired from AOCC in AFP Headquarters having worked with the AFP since 2001. Mr DORRINGTON received his AFP Service Medal in May 2012.


4 July 2017 – Brett Robert POOLE – Former Federal Agent – AFP3423
Brett was born on 1 May 1964 and passed away aged 53 years. He joined the Australian Federal Police on 14 March 1983 and began his career spending a short period in the Australian Protective Service before transferring to general duties in June 1984. Over the course of his career Brett spent time in a number of different areas including general duties, diplomatic and security and as a dog handler, as well as being deployed to Cyprus. Mr POOLE separated from the Australian Federal Police on 1 July 1995 to join Queensland Police. Mr POOLE later re-joined the AFP on a short term contract and deploying to the Solomon Islands in 2007/08. For his service Mr POOLE was awarded the

  • Police Overseas Service Medal with Cyprus and RAMSI clasps
  • National Medal


6 July 2008 – Dr Donald Abercrombie SMYTH – Retired Commonwealth Medical Officer
Donald was born on 7 April 1923 and died aged 85 years. “Doc SMYTH” was the ACT Police Medical Officer and a true gentleman with many hidden depths. He had been an RAAF fighter pilot in New Guinea during WWII. After returning to Australia he took up the option of a university education and qualified as a GP at Sydney University, before moving to the ACT to take up a post as Police Medical Officer with the ACT Police. Rarely seen without his pipe, he could always be counted upon for sage advice – whether it be to an injured Police officer or an offender in the Watch-house.

How many of us sat through one of his legendary ‘stress’ lectures at the AFP College? Dr SMYTH was always a practical man who got the job done. This was clearly evidenced by his willingness to “jump the box” and give expert medical testimony in Court. After retirement Dr SMYTH moved to Moruya on the NSW south coast and lived there until he passed away at the age of 85 years on the 6th of July 2008.


6 July 2018 – Brian Malcolm JOHNSON – Detective Station Sergeant – AFP197
Brian was born on 8 May 1937 and passed away aged 81 years. Originally recruited to the Commonwealth Police on 22 Oct 1973, Mr Johnson became a member of the AFP on its formation in 1979 where he was assigned to Eastern Region. During his service, his career involved a wide range of Investigation and intelligence duties including a period in Darwin 1980-1983, returning to Eastern Region Sydney – Investigations in 1983 remaining there until his retirement on 3 July 1992. He achieved his detective designation on 11 February 1982 and was promoted to the rank of Station Sergeant on 27 January 1986.


7 July 2014 – Michael (Mike) Walter COYLE – Detective Station Sergeant – AFP164
Mike was born on 19 May 1936 and died at Blacktown, NSW, aged 78 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force working in Sydney in plainclothes and went to Cyprus as a member of the 7th Contingent (1971 – 1971) and 15th Contingent (April 1978 – April 1979). He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. After a brief period stationed in Canberra Mike again served in Cyprus as a member of 19th Contingent (June 1982 – June 1983) and 20th Contingent (June 1983 – June 1984). For his service Mike was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS


8 July 1997 – Kenneth Ernest CURNOW – Retired Detective Superintendent – AFP269
Ken was born in Leigh, Scotland on 19 March 1935 and died suddenly at Robina, QLD, aged 62 years. He migrated to Australia with his family in March 1967. Ken joined the Commonwealth Police Force and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation day in 1979. Between the end of 1980 and 26 January 1983, Ken was stationed at Christmas Island as the Training Officer. He also worked in both Eastern and Northern Regions during his policing career. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 2 November 1988.


9 July 2009 – Brent Edward ALDRIDGE -Sergeant – AFP1336
Brent was born at Mount Pleasant, South Australia on 21 December 1952 and died in SA aged 57 years. In 1975 Brent joined the Commonwealth Police force. In 1983 he was sent to Cyprus with the United Nations Australian Police contingent. In February 2001 he joined the United Nations force for East Timor. Brent speaks of his service in Cyprus and East Timor; his motivation for participating in peace keeping missions, and he reflects on the impact these experiences had on his life. View the document: click here. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp EAST TIMOR


10 July 2018 – Andrew Graeme BRYCE – Constable (Retired) – AFP4777
Andrew was born in 1965 and passed away aged 53 from his 10 month battle with Leukaemia. Andy worked in the Target Development Branch out of the Melbourne Office in the early 90’s.


11 July 2020 – Steele Dominic DIGGLES – AFP 14793
Mr DIGGLES was born 10 June 1978 and passed away aged 42 years. Mr DIGGLES joined the Australian Federal Police in 2005 after previously working for Queensland Health in Forensic Chemistry. During his AFP career he worked in the Firearms Identification and Armoury Team at Forensic Services, Weston. In 2008, Mr DIGGLES deployed to Timor-Leste as part of the Timor-Leste Police Development Program. Mr DIGGLES resigned from the AFP in 2009.


13 July 2020 – Murray James WILSON – Federal Agent – AFP4167
‘MUZZ’ was born 5 December 1961 and passed away peacefully aged 58 years. Late of New Lambton. Formerly of Clovelly. Dearly loved son of Margaret and Arthur. Much loved brother of Dyann, Steve, and Janine. Loving uncle and great uncle of John, Heidi, Laura, Adrian, Ollie, Jemma.


15 July 2011 – Raymond (Ray) Norman WHYTE – Senior Constable – AFP1543
Ray was born in Ipswich, QLD on 30 July 1933 and passed away in Ipswich aged 68 after a long illness. He joined the Commonwealth Police on the 27 April 1972 and worked in Uniform in Canberra before moving to Northern Region. Ray transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979 and retired from the AFP on 23 May 1990. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


15 July 2018 – Colin Reginald FRY – Superintendent – AFP1867
Colin was born on 11 November 1959 and died of a heart attack aged 47, not long after being promoted to Superintendent in High Tech Crime Canberra. Had been working previously in Brisbane office.


15 July 2018 – Mrs Joe Grace MARTIN – AFP12335
Mrs Martin was born on 26 July 1959 and passed away in Canberra aged 58 years. Mrs MARTINn joined the AFP on the 28 February 2005. Mrs MARTIN undertook a variety of roles during her time in Payroll, as well as specialised roles in projects relating to superannuation and automating payroll processes. Mrs MARTIN also worked in the Compensation Project Team and most recently on the Talent Management Project. For her service Mrs MARTIN was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


16 July 2007 – Gavin Harold PERKINS – AFP11209
Gavin was born on 21 October 1961, and was an unsworn member who worked and died at Brisbane Office aged 45 years. He was a really nice guy who worked really hard to support Ops members. His death was during the Hanif investigation.


17 July 2015 – John Stanley WARD – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1021
John was born on 7 January 1941 and died in Canberra aged 74 years. He joined the ACT Police and transitioned to the AFP On Foundation Day 19 October 1979. During his policing career John worked in General Duties in Canberra.


17 July 2017 – John (Courtie) Leonard COURT – Detective Senior Sergeant (Retired) – AFP163
John was born in 1937 and passed away in Newcastle, NSW aged 80 years. He began his policing career on 7 June 1957. After an extensive career Mr COURT retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant on 6 November 1981. Courtie was at the time the youngest Sergeant in the Commonwealth Police and worked in Eastern Region, Norfolk Island and later in Newcastle also instrumental in the opening of an office in Tamworth. Many members would also remember him from the old Airport days where he arranged Rugby League Games against the City Office but more importantly was the game of Compol versus the Qantas Hosties, an annual charity match. It was not uncommon during a drinking session for John to start singing ‘Old Shep’. After resigning from the Australian Federal Police in Newcastle he took up the role in Charge of Security at BHP. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


17 July 2020 – Dennis Reginald PATTLE – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP965
Dennis Reginald (Ace) PATTLE born 30 May 1947 passed away in Brisbane aged 73. Dennis joined the former Commonwealth Police in 1972. On Thursday 6 July 1978, it was promulgated in the Commonwealth Police Gazette, No. 14, under Awards “Commissioner’s Commendations – Detective First Constable R. J. DOYLE and Detective First Constable D. PATTLE (New South Wales District) – For sustained effort in criminal investigation of extensive forgery offences while being subjected to treats and pressure from associates of the offenders”. Dennis and Ross DOYLE due to the threats were moved from Sydney and opened up the COMPOL office in Tamworth, NSW. Comment: No certificates or award ceremonies in those days, good policing was simply acknowledged by publication in the police gazette. “Ace” resigned from the AFP in 1995. Dennis served in both Eastern and Northern Region and prior to joining the police was a Private in the Australian Army who saw service in Vietnam. For his service he was awarded:

  • The National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


18 July 2019 – Ian Kent WEBBER – Station Sergeant – AFP258
Ian was born on 7 October 1943 and died in Canberra aged 76 years. He joined the ACT Police and transitioned the the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. During his policing career Ian worked in General Duties in Canberra. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 8th of February, 1979.


19 July 2011 – Kevin Leonard SMITH – Retired Sergeant – AFP778
Kevin was born on 1 February 1946 and passed away in Canberra aged 65 after a long illness. Kevin joined the ACT Police on 05 February 1973. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979 and worked in many areas such as General Duties, Traffic and Professional Standards. He went to Cyprus as a member of the 20th Contingent (June 1983 – June 1984). Kevin retired from the AFP on 02 February 2006 and for his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS


20 July 2020 – Robin (Robbie) Mostyn HUNTER – AFP1976
Robbie was born 10 July 1942 and passed away aged 78 years. Mr Hunter joined the Commonwealth Police in 1971 and served with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus between 1974 and 1975. He became a member of the Australian Federal Police upon formation in 1979. During his AFP career, Mr Hunter worked in Western Region in the Warrants and Family Law area and as part of the Airport Response Team. Mr Hunter retired from the AFP in 2000 as a Detective Senior Constable, Western Region Airport Intelligence. For his service, Mr Hunter was awarded:

  • The Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • United Nations Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • Australia Day Achievement Medallion


21 July 1993 – Jan DE JAGER – Senior Constable – AFP557
Jan was born on 25 September 1944 and died in Cairns, QLD aged 48 years. Jan joined the ACT Police in 1967 after seeing a recruiting add showing a Police boat on the lake. He loved his boats and joined the Water Police. He transitioned to the AFP in 1979, then Jan transferred to Cairns, sadly Jan was diagnosed with cancer which took his life within months of the diagnosis.


22 July 2014 – Barrie John BROWN AM – Retired Detective Superintendent – AFP36
Barrie was born on 9 November 1937 and died aged 77 years. He began his policing career in 1961 with the New South Wales Police Force, prior to joining the Commonwealth Police in 1969 and then the AFP in 1979. He had a varied career, particularly concentrating on the VIPP and International Teams, before retiring in 1996 from the Telephone Intercept Branch, Canberra. Mr BROWN was awarded the National Medal and 1st Clasp and on 26 January 1982, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his service to the AFP.


22 July 2020 – Warren Clive Bolton WOODS – Detective Sergeant – AFP411
Warren was born on 19 November 1941 and died in Perth, WA aged 78 years. Mr Woods joined the Commonwealth Police in 1969 and began his Policing Career in Sydney. He became a member of the Australian Federal Police upon formation in 1979. During his AFP career, Mr Woods worked in Sydney Airport, Western Region Fraud and General Crime Branch, Portswatch, Crime Intelligence Unit and the Drug Investigations Section. Prior to his retirement Mr Woods worked in the Operation Coordination Centre and Perth Airport Response Team. For his service Warren was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal


23 July 2010 – Anastatia Mary LYONS – Federal Agent – AFP7822
Anastatia was born on 21 July 1959 and died of cancer in Petersham NSW aged 51. Anastatia initially worked for the AFP Office in Sydney as a staff member. In about 2003 she resigned her position and joined the AFP as a sworn member.  She worked in Jakarta as a member of ‘Operation Alliance’,  which was the successful joint Indonesian National Police (INP) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation and victim identification process after the terrorist bombings in Bali on 12 October 2002.


23 July 2017 – Donald Andrew “Sam” MCLEOD – Detective Constable (Retired) – AFP3904
Sam was born on 31 May 1955 and  passed away aged 61 years. He joined the Australian Federal Police on 6 August 1984. Sam spent the entirety of his career in Southern Region across a number of different roles including Melbourne Airport and in the Regional Intelligence Section as well as the Drug and Fraud squads. Mr McLLEOD retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Detective Constable on 1 July 1998.


23 July 2018 – Linda Luisa RICCIARDI – AFP7741
Linda passed away aged 50 years. Linda joined the AFP on the 10 September 1990 and departed on 30 August 2008. She worked in Interpol Admin Branch and Personnel Movement Unit, the Budget & Finance Team, the General Services Team, Resource Monitoring Support and Human Resources.
For her service Linda was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


23 July 2020 – Robert John Noel PRIGG – Retired Superintendent AFP52
Robert was born on 24 December 1930 and died aged 89 years. Mr Prigg joined the Australian Capital Territory Police in 1952, serving in General Duties, Traffic Operations and Services Division. He became a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on foundation day in 1979. During his AFP career, Mr Prigg worked in AFP Services Division, Executive Services, National Transport Branch, Logistics Services and Traffic Branch. Mr Prigg retired from the AFP in 1990 as Superintendent of Central Traffic Branch. For his service, Mr Prigg was awarded:

  • Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • AFP Service Medal


24 July 1987 – Freddy Johannes BOUMAN – Senior Constable – AFP2865

Freddy was born on 20 September 1949 and died in Canberra aged 44 years.

click to enlarge We were saddened to hear of the sudden and accidental death of Senior Constable Freddy Bouman of the ACT Command as a result of a pedestrian accident near his home in Mawson on July 24. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn and sons Mark, 17, and Philip, 10. Senior Constable Bouman was born in Holland in 1949 and came to Australia in 1960 and lived in Adelaide. He worked in the Highways Department of South Australia for 13 years before joining the Australian Federal Police in November 1980. He worked in a number of protective service places and in 1981 completed the bomb search course where he did exceptionally well and gained 99 per cent in the theory examination.
In General Policing 2/84 he became dux of the course and impressed the instructors with his policing skills which suggested he had potential in any area of the AFP. He then worked in the Warrants and Process Section, Tuggeranong Police Station, Diplomatic and Consular Security and the ACT Fraud Squad. At the time of his death he had applied to undertake the Basic Investigations Course and had applied for family compassionate reasons to transfer to Central Region. He was accorded a full police funeral at the Norwood Park Crematorium at Mitchell in Canberra on Wednesday 29 July attended by more than 200 family, friends and colleagues including Commissioner Grey.


25 July 2013 – Neville “Taffy” WILLIAMS 
Taffy was born on 10 April 1933 and died in Canberra aged 80 years. “Taffy” WILLIAMS was the Police Motorcycle Mechanic at Weston from 1980 – 1998. He passed away after a long illness – Remembered for his happy nature and a great mate.


27 July 2011 – Ross Alan O’CONNOR OAM – Retired Senior Constable – AFP2234
Ross was born on 7 December 1950 and died in WA aged 60 years. Ross went to Cyprus as a member of the 14th Contingent (April 1977 – April 1978). Ross O’CONNOR, JP, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal on 26 January 2010, for service to veterans and their families through the WA Branch of the RSL of Australia. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS
  • Order of Australia Medal


28 July 2005 – Phillip Lester COTTER – Senior Constable – AFP862
Phillip was born in Malvern, Victoria on 28 October 1948 and died in Canberra aged 56 years. He joined the ACT Police and worked in the Traffic Branch. Phillip transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979 and continued his career in the Traffic Branch. For his service Phillip was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


28 July 2018 – Patrick HARRIS – AFP8936
Patrick was born at Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland on 16 April 1961 and passed away in Canberra aged 57 years. His body was repatriated back to Ireland and buried in Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankill, County Dublin.  Patrick migrated to Australia and was naturalised. He joined the AFP on 16 March 1989 and retired on 8 June 2017. Mr HARRISs undertook a variety of roles during his career with the AFP including Team Leader in the Weston Mailroom and Registry, Team leader Commercial Support – Purchasing transitioning from in house to commercial arrangements, then Coordinator National Procurement and Contracts managing outsourced contracts, Coordinator Building and Accommodation, Coordinator National Procurement and Contracts including the developing and managing commercial arrangements uniforms, fleet, corporate credit card and had a key role in establishing the current AFP Headquarters – Edmund Barton Building. For his service Mr HARRIS was awarded the:

  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal with 25 year clasp
  • Commissioners Commendation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct

 

2 Comments

  1. Peter White

    A dedication for Brett Robert Poole:

    The ‘screaming eagle’ on the Harley is quiet, the tools have been placed back in their place, his ‘man-shed’ is in darkness: the silence from his palliative care ward was momentarily deafening. Could one hear the trumpets as he transitioned to a new dimension – not quite: Echoing in the distance was a well-tuned Harley engine, sitting at idle, with its distinct cadence, it’s uneven, syncopated rhythm. The idle increased in revolutions until it transitioned, with him, to their new dimension. It was a different type of trumpeting, but trumpeting no less.

    In his final days there was a distinct twitch in his right wrist – metaphorically, it was a signal that he, not the dreaded disease, maintained control: he was riding the throttle. The cadence of any ‘American Twin’ engine increases as one opens the throttle with their right wrist. In the end he would have lifted his head, winked his eye and with a smile ‘to die for’, gracefully departed this dimension. No heart beat, just that syncopated rhythm. Brett Robert Poole rode into transition.

    Don’t be mistaken, he lives on in this life through his lovely wife Diana; their two boys and partner’s Joshua and Arianna; and Liam and Magdalena (and of course Brett and Diana’s ‘adopted son’, Andrew and his partner, Erryn); and their grandchildren, Dani and Deklen (and their mother, Kirsty). He survives his father, Bob; his mother, Jan; his siblings Kim and Donna; his adopted sibling/cousin, Rodney; and his mother-in-law, Lia.

    He will live on through the memories shared with all that he touched in his short, 53 years. He cannot and will not be forgotten. Perfect: no. Like all men, he made mistakes along the way. Unlike a lot of men, he acknowledged and addressed those mistakes. Brett’s life, not unlike that beautiful Harley sound, had a distinct cadence, an uneven syncopated rhythm – he turned heads, he stood out from the crowd.

    Rest in Peace, Brother.

    Personal Observation: Brett honoured me with being his Best-Man at his Wedding. Diana and Brett honoured Catherine and I to be God-Parents to their first-borne, Josh Poole. Brett honoured me by asking me to share his ‘last shift’ with him – RIP Mate.

    Peter White.

    Reply
    • AFPFMA

      A beautiful tribute Peter, well done. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Reply

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