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.

June Tributes

01-06-2018Died on this dayCelestine Anne O’CONNOR aged 65
03-06-2018Died on this dayDavid Peter WHEATMAN aged 60
04-06-2017Died on this dayGrant Frederick GREEN aged 53
05-06-2016Died on this dayAdam Christopher ELLISON aged 37
05-06-2018Died on this dayRodney Peter WEST aged 59
10-06-1996Died on this dayJohn Andrew TRAVERS aged 62
17-06-2011Died on this dayBetty June STIRTON
18-06-1980Died on this dayAmbross William DAVIS
18-06-2015Died on this dayKenneth Arthur DOWELL      84
18-06-2019Died on this dayAlan Geoffrey DE ZILVA aged 64
19-06-2006Died on this dayKeith Edgar STRICKLAND     79
20-06-2013Died on this dayNeil PARKER
20-06-2019Died on this dayJudith Anne KENDRICK aged 66
23-06-2011Died on this dayDavid William WILSON aged 71
24-06-2016Died on this dayJohn Alec BRUCE aged 82
24-06-2016Died on this dayJohn Paul "Dougie" DOUGAN      49
26-06-2016Died on this dayDennis WITT aged 68
27-06-2010Died on this dayLawrence Felix Archibald D'EKENAIKE aged 67
27-06-2011Died on this dayWilliam (Bill) Leslie HADDEN aged 63
28-06-2009Died on this dayBarry Desmond GANDER
28-06-2010Died on this dayChristian Guy STEBBING 37
29-06-2009Died on this dayAdam Paul MICHALOWSKI    36
29-06-2011Died on this dayGeoffrey Paul COLLINS  63
29-06-2019Died on this dayCatherine Julie BOYCE aged 53

In Memoriam

1 June 2018 – Celestine Anne O’CONNOR
Ms O’Connor passed away on 1 June 2018 aged 65 years. Ms O’Connor joined the Australian Federal Police on 17 July 1989, initially as a temporary employee working in the Training Division, Weston College. Ms O’Connor was subsequently offered permanent appointment to the AFP on 17 April 1990 in the Library Services Section. Ms O’Connor remained with the AFP Library until her retirement on 19 April 2010.
For her service Ms O’Connor was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.

3 June 2018 – David Peter WHEATMAN – Retired PSO
David passed away aged 60 years. Mr Wheatman joined the Australian Protective Service on 3 October 1995 and then transitioned to the Australian Federal Police in 2004. He retired from the Australian Federal Police in May 2018 whilst stationed in Perth. During his career Mr Wheatman undertook duties in NSW, Woomera , Nauru and the Solomon Islands.
For his service Mr Wheatman was awarded the National Medal, AFP Service Medal and the Police Overseas Service Medal.

4 June 2017 – Grant GREEN
Mr Green passed aged 53 years. Mr Green joined the Australian Federal Police on 29 March 1982. He held a number of administrative rolls across the organisation before resigning in September 2000. After recommencing with the AFP in the ACT in November 2002. Mr Green predominantly worked in IDG including deploying to Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. He eventually moved to Queensland with the organisation where he worked until he passed away.
For his service Mr Green was awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal (Timor Leste and RAMSI clasps), AFP Operations Medal (Serene and Crowea clasps), AFP Service Medal (with 30 year clasp) and the Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation.

5 June 2016 – Adam Christopher ELLISON
Adam died in a tragic accident during flooding on the Murrumbidgee River near Canberra. Adam joined the AFP on the 14th of April 2009 and on the completion of his Recruit Course was posted to Tuggeranong Station and later transferred to Judicial Operations at City Station. Adam resigned from the AFP the 3rd of June 2015.

5 June 2018 – Rodney Peter WEST – Retired Detective Sergeant
Rod passed away aged 58 years. Originally recruited to the Commonwealth Police in early 1979, Mr WEST became a member of the AFP on its formation later in that year and was assigned to ACT Policing. His career involved a wide range of community policing duties including CIB, IID and City Patrol among others. He achieved his Detective designation in 1986 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August 1987. In 1994 he served in the 41st Contingent to Cyprus and in January of 1995 returned to duties in ACT Policing remaining there until his retirement in May 1997.
For his service Mr West has been awarded the National Medal, the National Police Service Medal and the Police Overseas Service Medal (Cyprus).

10 June 1996 – John Andrew TRAVERS – Retired Superintendent
Died from cancer aged 62. John worked first for the NSW Police, Customs, Narcotics Bureau, then the AFP.

17 June 2011 – Betty June STIRTON – Retired Sergeant
Betty (aka Bette) joined the Commonwealth Police on 15 August 1960 and retired from the AFP on 30 June 1986. An article in the Sun Herald in 1976 on her promotion to sergeant read in part: “The plain–clothes Commonwealth police squad at Sydney’s international airport has a new boss one who likes wearing the latest fashion clothes. Sergeant Sturton [sic] took up her new position this week after 12 months as Commonwealth Police head of general crime squad in Sydney. Sergeant Sturton’s major task is to stop criminals leaving the country and to catch drug offenders when they try to come in.” Betty retired from the AFP aged 65 on 30 June 1986 residing at Caringbah until that time.

18 June 1980 – Ambross Davis – Senior Constable
Ambross died after suffering a heart attack shortly after arriving for duty at the Lodge in Canberra. He was accorded a full Police funeral which was attended by members of bis family from South Australia, Sir Colin Woods and a large number of officers and members with whom Ambross had worked during his years of service. Ambross joined the former Commonwealth Police in 1982 after serving 12 years with the Royal Australian Navy. He spent all his police career in the Australian Capital Territory. Although a quiet man. Ambross was popular and greatly respected by those who worked with him and his passing caused much sadness to members of our Force.

18 June 2019 – Alan Geoffrey De ZILVA
Mr DE ZILVA passed away on Thursday 18 June 2019 aged 64 years. Mr DE ZILVA commenced with the AFP in July 1985 working in Internal Auditing until his departure in June 1986.

20 June 2019 – Judith Anne KENDRICK
Ms Kendrick passed away on Thursday 20 June 2019 aged 66 years. Ms Kendrick joined the Australian Protective Service in March 2002 as Manager Human Resources until departing in October 2003. Ms Kendrick then commenced with the AFP in May 2008 performing a number of Managerial roles including IDG Corporate support, HR Strategy , Director of Corporate Services for ACT Policing and Manager Aviation Support before leaving the AFP in May 2013.

23 June 2011 – David William WILSON – Retired Sergeant
David passed away aged 71. He is survived by his wife Margaret and loving family. David served in the ACT Police and then the AFP from 07 August 1964 till 26 December 1988. He was awarded the APM on the 26 January 1988.

24 June 2016 – John Alec BRUCE
Born in Doncaster, England on 14 December 1933. Passed away in Taree. Late of Taree & formerly of Kirrawee. AGED 82 YEARS. Dearly loved husband of Dorothy, Much loved Dad of Jacqui & Darcy (dec), Chris & Monika, Andy & Robin. Devoted Gabba of Deb & Mark, Michael, Shelley & Mark, Matty & Ursula, Sara and great grandchildren, Darcy, Callum and Mikayla.

26 June 2016 – Dennis WITT – Retired Detective Superintendent
Dennis passed away aged 68 years. Detective Superintendent WITT joined the Commonwealth Police on 26 June 1972 commencing his career with the organisation as a Duty Driver in Canberra. In 1974 he transferred to Queensland and over the next 7 years was promoted to Senior Constable, completed his Investigators training and was designated a Detective. In 1979 he transitioned to the AFP. He remained in Queensland for the rest of his career performing a range of duties including those at Brisbane Airport, as a Police Prosecutor and Investigator in Organised Crime. Detective Superintendent Dennis WITT was awarded the National Medal and retired from his role as Manager, Cairns Office on 22 December 1995.
Detective Superintendent WITT separated from the AFP on 8 March 1996.

27 June 2010 – Lawrence Felix Archibald D’EKENAIKE
Late of Bray Park, passed away peacefully aged 67 years, surrounded by his family. Dearly loved Husband of Patricia. Adored Father and Father-in-law of Karen and Garth, Maeve and Trevor. Papa to Jordan. Son of Mary and Solomon (dec’d). Sadly missed Brother of Bryan, Tootoo and Susie. Brother-in-law of Joan, Glen and Michael.

27 June 2011 – William (Bill) Leslie HADDEN
Bill passed away aged 62. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Amanda and Nichole and their famalies. Bill served with the Commonwealth Police prior to the creation of the AFP in 1979 and then the AFP Melbourne Office until his retirement in 2006.

29 June 2019 – Catherine Julie BOYCE – Detective Leading Senior Constable
Detective Leading Senior Constable Boyce passed away on Saturday 29 June 2019 aged 53 years. D/LSC Boyce joined the Australian Federal Police on 17 April 2000. D/LSC Boyce commenced her career in Melbourne before being transferred to ACT Policing , Belconnen Patrol in November 2001 and then to the Adult Sexual Assault unit in October 2006. She was promoted in May 2007 to Senior Constable. On 15 December 2008 she received her Detective designation. In January 2011 she transferred to the ACT Coroner’s Office and during this time was promoted to Leading Senior Constable. D/LSC Boyce deployed to Ukraine in 2018 as part of Operation AREW. On her passing she was attached to the ACT Crash Investigation Team. For her service D/LSC Boyce was awarded the following:

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Commissioner’s Commendation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • AFP Operation Medal with Operation AREW clasp
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal
  • ACT Community Policing Medal ACT Emergency Medal


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