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May Tributes

DateTypeEvent
04-05-2020Died on this dayAndrew Palmer WARRY aged 68
06-05-1998Died on this dayAndrew "Molly" MELDRUM aged 30
06-05-2019Died on this dayGoran KITIC aged 54
07-05-2015Died on this dayWilliam Francis (Frank) BROWN aged 74
07-05-2016Died on this dayIvan (Buddha) EVANS aged 60
07-05-2018Died on this dayRobyn Leanne KEEGAN aged 59
07-05-2020Died on this dayJudith Lesley JACKSON aged 70
08-05-2003Died on this dayPaul Anthony LANCASTER aged 61
08-05-2017Died on this dayBradford (Brad) BARTON aged 57
08-05-2018Died on this dayPeter David FINK aged 59
08-05-2018Died on this daySidney James CROSS aged 70
08-05-2020Died on this dayJames CASEY aged 91
09-05-1995Died on this daySergio AQUILANTE aged 55
09-05-2015Died on this dayGeoffrey Raymond BROWN aged 65
09-05-2020Died on this dayBrett James McCANN aged 62
10-05-2014Died on this dayWayne John EACOTT aged 58
10-05-2015Died on this dayMaxwell Warren BRADLEY aged 83
11-05-1989Died on this dayDavid Edward LACEY aged 26
12-05-1990Died on this dayDavid HANSWYK age 26
13-05-1998Died on this dayAlexander Wallace FYFE aged 65
13-05-2019Died on this dayMorris Robert BLAYLOCK aged 78
15-05-2020Died on this dayNorma Elizabeth GOUGH aged 81
16-05-2015Died on this dayMelville George KNISPEL aged 73
19-05-1993Died on this dayRobert Edmund SHEPHERD aged 47
19-05-2009Died on this dayAlan Brierly CRAWFORD aged 65
21-05-1989Died on this dayJohn Lionel FRIEND
21-05-2000Died on this dayMorris (Morry) KONEMANN aged 53
21-05-2020Died on this dayJonathan David "Ox" BOWERMAN aged 75
23-05-2001Died on this dayLeanne CARNEY aged 42
25-05-2013Died on this daySigizmund (Sigi) BERZINS aged 69
26-05-2000Died on this dayMichael Wayne LUTZE    46
28-05-1988Died on this dayJohn Edmond RUSSELL aged 59
28-05-2013Died on this dayIan Grant McLEAN aged 59
29-05-2017Died on this dayVictor Arthur ANDERSON aged 89
30-05-2009Died on this dayWayne McKENZIE
31-05-2003Died on this dayGuenter MOEBUS aged 57
31-05-2013Died on this dayKenneth William MADDEN aged 72
31-05-2017Died on this dayGeorge Frederick David WELLS aged 88

In Memoriam


4 May 2020 – Andrew Palmer WARRY – Retired Sergeant – AFP1181
Andrew was born on 26 December 1951 and passed away aged 68 years. Mr WARRY joined the Commonwealth Police in September 1977 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day. During his AFP career, Mr WARRY worked in ACT Policing with roles in City and Woden Patrols, Watch House, North District, Traffic Operations and Employee Welfare. He retired from the AFP in December 2011. For his service, Mr WARRY was awarded the

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal, Group Bravery Citation
  • AFP Bravery Medal
  • ACT Community Protection Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • ACT Community Policing Medal
  • ACT Emergency Medal
  • Australia Day Achievement Medallion
  • AFP Welfare Services Medal – Mr Warry was the inaugural recipient of the AFP Welfare Services Medal which was instituted on Friday 1 May 2020.

For more information on AP Warry: click here


6 May 1998 – Andrew “Molly” Meldrum – Federal Agent – AFP4289
Andrew served with the AFP in Canberra for a few years and then joined the Victorian Police. He died of stomach cancer and was aged 30 at the time of death.


6 May 2019 – Goran KITIC – Protective Service Officer – AFP13116
Mr Goran KITIC was born on 19 May 1964 and passed away aged 54 years. Mr KITIC commenced his career as a Protective Service Officer with ACT Diplomatic Protection Unit before transferring to Parliament House in May 2000. Mr KITIC transitioned to a Professional staff member in 2009 working in the Protection Business Support Team and National Assets.
For his service to the AFP Mr KITIC was awarded the:

  • National Medal
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal with 25 year clasp


7 May 2016 – Ivan (Buddha) EVANS – Detective Senior Constable – AFP1839
Mr EVANS was born on 6 May 1955, and passed away in his sleep whilst in Bali. aged 60 years. Mr EVANS was cremated in Bali, and his ashes spread there, as was his wish. Mr EVANS was a former AFP member who commenced with the Commonwealth Police in July 1978 working in Eastern Region before transitioning to the AFP in 1979 and relocating to Northern Region. Mr EVANS left the AFP in November 1989.


7 May 2018 – William Francis (Frank) BROWN – AFP9895
Frank was born on 7 June 1940 and passed away on 7 May 2015, aged 74 years. Mr BROWN was a former AFP staff member who commenced with the AFP on 19 September 1984 and retired from the AFP on 1 August 1998. His last posting was with Building and Accommodation.


7 May 2018 – Robyn Leanne (Bobby) KEEGAN – AFP12413
‘Bobby’ KEEGAN was born on 3 February 1959 and passed away in Canberra 59 years. Mrs KEEGAN joined the Australian Federal Police on 19 April 2004 working in the Budgets and Reporting team. Mrs KEEGAN retired from the Australian Federal Police on the 6 September 2007.


7 May 2020 – Judith Lesley JACKSON – Retired Federal Agent – AFP1096 –
Judith was born in Maryborough, Qld on 11 August 1949, and passed away peacefully at the Groundwater Lodge, Granville, Maryborough aged 70 years. Judith served in the Queensland Police Service (PW78) from 26 May 1972 to 25 August 1974. She later joined the Commonwealth Police on 5 May 1975 in Brisbane and later transitioned to the AFP on 19 October 1979. She remained until 12 March 1993 when an accident caused her to have an acquired brain injury. She suffered a massive stroke and was retired on Medical grounds. She lived in care since that time.


8 May 2003 – Paul Anthony LANCASTER – Retired Sergeant – AFP665
Paul was born on 22 October 1941 and died at Victoria Park, WA, aged 61 years. He served in Western Region and for his service he was awarded the National Medal on 21 AUG 1989.


8 May 2018 – Peter David FINK – Retired Detective Leading Senior Constable – AFP4557
Mr FINK was born on 13 February 1959 and passed away aged 59 years. Mr FINK joined the Australian Federal Police on 21 September 1987, and departed on 11 November 2005 at the rank of Detective Leading Senior Constable. Mr FINK served most of his career in Melbourne in surveillance and Close Personal Protection both domestic and International. For his service Mr FINK was awarded the National Medal and AFP Operations Medal (Alliance).


8 May 2018 – Sidney James CROSS – Detective Senior Constable – AFP2737
Mr CROSS was born on 22 January 1948 and passed away aged 70 years. Mr CROSS joined the Australian Federal Police on 30 June 1980 initially based in Canberra before transferring to Brisbane in 1982 where he joined the Fraud and General Crime Unit. Mr CROSS retired from the Australian Federal Police on 18 December 1996 at the rank of Detective Senior Constable. For his service Mr CROSS was awarded the National Medal.


8 May 2015 – Bradford (Brad) James BARTON – Retired Superintendent – AFP3417
Brad was born on 2 September 1959 and passed away in Gibraltar aged 57. Mr BARTON joined the AFP in 1983. In September 1989 he transferred from the AFP’s Sydney based Electronic and Technical Services Division to the ACT and was promoted to Sergeant in October 1990. In January 1991 he transferred to Perth as Sergeant of the Police Technical Unit before returning to Canberra in 1995. In October 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. Mr BARTON received high recognition for leading many complex and highly sensitive investigations that made a significant contribution to the dismantling of international crime syndicates. Mr BARTON pursued a career in AFP technical units leading him to a senior position in AFP High Tech Crime Operations.
On Australia Day 2014 Mr BARTON was recognised for his distinguished policing career by being awarded the Australian Police Medal. Mr BARTON retired from the AFP in July 2015. For his service Mr BARTON was awarded:

  • Australian Police Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • AFP Service Medal
  • ACT Emergency Medal.


8 May 2020 – James (Jim) CASEY – Retired Detective Chief Inspector – AFP75
Jim was born in Ireland on 21 January 1928 and passed away at Gymea, NSW, aged 91 years. He migrated to Australia and joined SAPol, then then joined the  Commonwealth Investigations Service, Commonwealth Police and finally The Australian Federal Police from which he retired. Jim was an avid cricketer, and a  First Grade Umpire in his spare time. He was a gentleman in every sense and “A son of Ireland adopted by Australia”. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal 1st Clasp
  • National Medal 2nd Clasp


9 May 1995 – Sergio AQUILANTE – Senior Constable – AFP1338
Sergio was born in Italy on 14 August 1939 and died in Canberra aged 55 years from a suicide. He migrated to Australia with his family in 1950. He was working in Training Division on AFP Foundation Day in 1979 and he served in Cyprus as a member of the 37th Contingent (September 1992 – September 1993) and 38th Contingent (March 1993 – April 1994). For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS


9 May 2015 – Geoffrey Raymond BROWN – Retired Superintendent – AFP8735
Geoffrey was born on 11 February 1950 and passed away in Canberra aged 65 years. Mr BROWN was a former AFP staff member who commenced with the AFP on 19 June 1989 and retired from the AFP on 30 June 2012. His last posting was with Intelligence – High Tech Crime Operations. In recognition of his service he was awarded

  • Commissioner’s Commendation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • AFP Service Medal with 20 year Clasp


9 May 2020 – Brett James McCANN APM – Detective Superintendent – AFP2572
Brett was born on 26 March 1958 and passed away suddenly aged 62 years. Superintendent McCANN joined the Australian Federal Police in January 1980 and was the longest serving AFP only member having only recently passed 40 years of service. During a distinguished career Superintendent McCANN worked in numerous areas of ACT Policing, including leading the Criminal Investigations Branch. Superintendent McCANN also worked in Cyber Crime and was the Airport Commander in Adelaide. At the time of his passing he was the Superintendent National Security for Western-Central Command. For his service he was awarded:

  • Australian Police Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • ACT Community Protection Medal
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct
  • ACT Emergency Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • ACT Community Policing Medal
  • Australia Day Achievement Medallion


10 May 2014 – Wayne John EACOTT – Retired Federal Agent – AFP1818
Wayne was born on 22 May 1955 and died at home, was 58 years. Wayne was a sworn member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) until his retirement in 2010, reaching the rank of Team Leader. He has 32 years policing experience with a background in community policing, intelligence development, narcotic, fraud and Proceeds of Crime investigations.From 2002-2010, Wayne was the Team Leader, Perth Financial Investigations Team and was responsible for Proceeds of Crime investigations and prosecutions within the AFP Western Region Office. Whilst in this role, members of his team successfully restrained and had forfeited millions of dollars in assets. Wayne also developed extensive criminal intelligence holdings that were utilised to disrupt and dismantle international criminal syndicates that were involved in Money Laundering, Illicit Drug Trafficking and People Smuggling.He developed an extensive network of contacts within the law enforcement and business communities in Australia and overseas including senior members from various Commonwealth Departments, Perth Business Community, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and German Law Enforcement.During 2006–08, while performing the above Team Leader role, Wayne as part of the AFP’s United Nations obligations relating to Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing was the law enforcement expert on the Financial Action Task Force/Australian Pacific Group (FATF/APG) evaluation teams conducting the Mutual Evaluation of Mongolia and Singapore. He successfully presented the Law Enforcement component of the report to the APG Plenary in Perth in July 2007 (Mongolia), FATF Plenary in Paris in February 2008 (Singapore) and the APG Plenary in Bali in July 2008 (Singapore).Wayne has a Bachelor of Policing (Investigations), Graduate Certificate in Police Management and Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. He held nationally accredited (Australia) qualifications in Intelligence and Proceeds of Crime/ Money Laundering investigation.


10 May 2015 – Maxwell Warren BRADLEY – Retired Superintendent – AFP33
Superintendent BRADLEY was born on 18 January 1932 and passed away aged 83 years. Prior to his policing career, Superintendent BRADLEY was an ambulance officer for both the New South Wales Ambulance Service (1954 to 1955) and the Canberra Ambulance Service (1955 to 1960). Superintendent BRADLEY was a former Australian Capital Territory Police (ACTP), Australia Police, and AFP member who had a career spanning 32 years. He commenced with the ACTP in 1960, transitioned to the short lived Australia Police (ACT Region) in 1975, integrated into the AFP in 1979, and retired from the AFP in 1992. His postings included City Police Station, Planning and Research Division, Management Services Division, Communications, Traffic, Duty Inspector HQ, Promotions Committee, Belconnen Police Station, Internal Security and Audit, and Logistical Services Division. In recognition of his meritorious service he was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1991, and the National Medal with 2nd Clasp.


11 May 1989 – David Edward LACEY – Constable – AFP3431
David was born on 11 June 1962 and passed away in Canberra from a heart attack, after suffering a flu virus aged 26 years. Dave served in traffic branch as a motor cyclist and then spent a short time in CIB prior to his death.


12 May 1990 – David Anthony HANSWYK – Constable – AFP4491
David was born in Queensland on 23 June 1963. He was appointed to the Australian Federal Police in May 1987. Constable HANSWYK died from injuries after his ACT Policing motorcycle collided with a car in Canberra. http://www.npm.org.au/hanswyk


13 May 1998 – Alexander Wallace FYFE – Retired Station Sergeant – AFP433
Mr FYFE was born on 2 May 1933 and died aged 65 years. He served with Victoria Police, PNG Constabulary, Compol & AFP. A tribute is at this link: http://www.hansard.act.gov.au/hansard/1998/week02/292.htm


13 May 2019 – Morris Robert BLAYLOCK – Retired Commander – AFP146
Mr BLAYLOCK was born on 7 October 1940 and passed away after a long illness aged 78 years. Mr BLAYLOCK commenced his policing career in UK as a Police Cadet and Constable with Cumbria Police from 1959-1966. Mr BLAYLOCK then joined the ACT Police in September 1967. During his time with the ACT Police, he worked in General Duties, CIB Photographic Section was promoted to Senior Sergeant and after the formation of the AFP, was promoted to Station Sergeant in Fraud and General Crime Perth, WA. He was promoted to Inspector in 1984 and then promoted to Superintendent as OIC Central Region. In 1989, Mr BLAYLOCK was promoted to Commander and worked as OIC Drug Operations Eastern Region (Sydney) and OIC Training Division Barton College, ACT. Mr BLAYLOCK retired on 27 October 1995. Mr BLAYLOCK returned to AFP as a contractor in October 2002 and worked in Personnel Security Vetting until June 2007. For his service, Mr BLAYLOCK was awarded:

• National Police Service Medal
• National Medal with Clasps
• Australian Federal Service Medal


15 May 2020 – Norma Elizabeth (Liz) GOUGH – Retired Staff Member – AFP5700
Mrs GOUGH was born 13 July 1938 and passed away aged 81 years. Mrs GOUGH joined the Australian Federal Police in April 1991. During her career, Mrs GOUGH worked as a Security Advisor as part of the Security Vetting and Recruitment Team. Mrs GOUGH retired from the AFP in 2002.


16 May 2015 – Melville George (Mel) KNISPEL – Retired Senior Constable – AFP2049
‘Mel’ was born at Nuriootpa, SA, on 7 July 1941 at passed away at Camira, QLD, aged 73 years. He joined the Queensland Police Service and subsequently joined the Australian Army in the early 1960’s. He attended Officer Cadet School at Portsea, Victoria where he graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served at E Command Provost Company. Mel at the rank of Captain served in Vietnam as a member of the Provost Unit from 5 May 1967 till 30 May 1968. Mel resigned his commission on 1 December 1975, to pursue other interests in civilian life.  He was a Senior Constable in the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979, serving in Cyprus as a member of the 16th Contingent (April 1979 – April 1980). Upon his return to Australia he worked in Brisbane and firearms were his speciality. For his service he was awarded:

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


19 May 1993 – Robert (Bob) Edmond Shepherd – Detective Superintendent – AFP772
Bob was born on 6 September 1946 and died in a plane crash in Colombia aged 47 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force in June 1975, and worked in Southern Region. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979, During his policing career he worked in the Organised Branch in Melbourne. He was later appointed as the AFP’s Liaison Officer at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Superintendent SHEPHERD was among 132 people killed when a Colombian plane crashed into a mountain in Colombia.


19 May 2009 – Alan Brierly CRAWFORD – Retired Detective Senior Sergeant – AFP543
Alan was born on 10 May 1944 and died in Canberra aged 65 years. He worked in South Eastern (CI) and the ACT. Alan Served in Cyprus as a member of the 21st Contingent (June 1984 – December 1984) and 22nd Contingent (December 1984 – June 1985). For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal – 03 DEC 1987
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp – 07 SEP 1990
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – 08 JUL 1992
  • National Medal – 2nd Clasp – 26 NOV 1999


21 May 2000 – Morris (Morry) KONEMANN – Senior Constable – AFP2051
Morry was born on 5 November 1946 and died aged 53 years. He joined the ACT Police and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979. Morry worked in ACT Traffic Branch and for his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


21 May 2020 – Jonathan David “Ox” BOWERMAN – Retired Sergeant – AFP504
Jonathan known as “Ox” was born in England on 31 January 1945 and died aged 75 years. He migrated to Australia in October 1966. “Ox” joined the ACT Police working in General Duties and he transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979. He subsequently transferred to Eastern Region.


23 May 2001 – Leanne Olga CARNEY – Senior Constable – AFP2562
Leanne was born on 14 May 1959 and died aged 42 years. She was working in Perth when she died of thrombosis after a netball match. For her service she was awarded the National Medal.


25 May 2013 – Sigizmund (Sigi) BERZINS – Retired Superintendent – AFP299
Sigi was born on 26 February 1944 and died aged 69 a long illness. Sigi began his career in ACT Police and carried through to serve with the AFP until 10 April 1995 when he retired. Sigi rejoined the AFP as an unsworn member and departed again in 1998. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


28 May 1988 – John (Jack) Edmund Russell – Retired Senior Constable
Jack was born in Victoria in 1929 and passed away at Eildon, VIC, from a heart attack aged 59. Jack joined the Commonwealth Police in 1961 and retired in 1984 after 23 years’ service. He was one of the most popular members of Southern Region having, prior to the advent of the Welfare Branch, fulfilled the role of unofficial adviser to both senior and junior members. He served mainly in the General Uniform Branch in Victoria, first as Regional Clerk, and in later years as Quartermaster, a position he held until his retirement. After retiring Jack and his wife, Valma, sold their home in Pascoe Vale and moved to Eildon so that he could fulfill his ambition of getting back to the bush. At Eildon he could fish and trap rabbits whenever the whim took him (which was regularly). More than 30 serving and retired members attended his funeral at Eildon.


28 May 2013 – Ian (Tex) Grant McLEAN – Federal Agent – AFP4723
Ian passed away aged 59. Ian retired in August 2012 from the Melbourne office after almost 25 years of service with the AFP. During his career he was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for Operation Niacin, the National Medal, the AFP Service Medal and the AFP Operations Medal – Pendennis.


29 May 2017 – Victor (Vic) Arthur ANDERSON – QPM – Retired Assistant Commissioner – AFP31
Vic was born on 15 January 1928 and passed away aged 89 years. Mr ANDERSON joined the Commonwealth Police on 14 January 1974 after a distinguished 16 year career with the Victoria Police. After the formation of the AFP in 1979 Mr ANDERSON was posted to Canberra in charge of the Organised Crime Unit. In August of 1985 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Southern Region in Melbourne before taking up his last posting in January 1986 as Director of Investigations with the National Crime Authority in Sydney. Mr ANDERSON retired from the AFP in July of 1987. For his service Mr Anderson was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal and the National Medal with 2nd clasp for 35 years’ service.


31 May 2003 – Guenter (Gary) MOEBUS – Retired Sergeant – AFP708
Guenter aka Gary was born on 28 August 1945 and he died at Claire Holland House, Canberra, aged 57 years. He served with ACT Police in General Duties, Accident Squad and transitioned into the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979, again serving in Accident Squad and General Duties. He did four tours of duty in Cyprus as a member of the 20th Contingent (June 1983 – June 1984) and 21st Contingent (June 1984 – December 1984), 23rd Contingent (June 1985 – December 1985) and 31st Contingent (August 1989 – March 1990). Guenter took retirement before passing away from a long illness in May 2003. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS


31 May 2013 – Kenneth (Ken) William MADDEN – Retired Sergeant – AFP446
Ken was born on 31 December 1940 and died aged 72 years. Ken began his policing career in the Commonwealth Police and carried through to serve with the AFP working in Eastern Region until his retirement in 1984. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


31 May 2017 – George Frederick David WELLS – Retired Sergeant – AFP290
George was born on 26 November 1928 at Belvedere, Kent, England and died at Karrinyup, WA, aged 88 years. He worked in Western region and for his service he was awarded the National Medal on 08 NOV 1977.

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