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.
|01-09-2018||Died on this day||Douglas George SHEA aged 86|
|01-09-2019||Died on this day||Douglas Henry (Doug) VEITCH aged 87|
|04-09-2017||Died on this day||Jay Alan PATTERSON aged 44|
|07-09-2017||Died on this day||William Paul JAMESON aged 73|
|08-09-2014||Died on this day||Frederick Anthony HULSON aged 70|
|09-09-2017||Died on this day||Maxwell James THOMPSON aged 81|
|10-09-2001||Died on this day||Robert George GLOVER aged 53|
|10-09-2018||Died on this day||Robert James CASKIE aged 53|
|12-09-1986||Died on this day||George Stirling DICKSON aged 39|
|12-09-1988||Died on this day||Maxwell Wilson PAHL aged 55|
|12-09-2009||Died on this day||Lionel John CLAYDON aged 70|
|12-09-2013||Died on this day||Terrence Gerard McNAMARA aged 64|
|12-09-2018||Died on this day||Warren Royce MARSON aged 75|
|13-09-2009||Died on this day||Gregory Robert SLATER aged 47|
|13-09-2013||Died on this day||Stanley Thomas WOODS aged 78|
|13-09-2014||Died on this day||Eben James JEFFORD aged 44|
|13-09-2019||Died on this day||David Richard BOSTON aged 55|
|14-09-2010||Died on this day||Jason Andrew MAHONEY 43|
|14-09-2018||Died on this day||Frank "Nobby" Stanley CLARK aged 80|
|15-09-2010||Died on this day||Mark Raymond JOHNSEN aged 44|
|16-09-2017||Died on this day||Andre Joerg LENZ aged 54|
|17-09-1986||Died on this day||Kenneth James AYERS aged 48|
|20-09-2011||Died on this day||Peter ROBERTS|
|20-09-2013||Died on this day||Brian Maurice Anthony DYSON aged 83|
|20-09-2015||Died on this day||John Jothan Sau FAUPULA aged 57|
|22-09-2017||Died on this day||Val McCONAGHY aged 89|
|24-09-2010||Died on this day||Barry ABBOTT|
|25-09-2018||Died on this day||Therese Christine ‘Terri’ CUBITT aged 67|
|26-09-2018||Died on this day||James John TIERNEY aged 64|
|27-09-2000||Died on this day||Henry Edwin SARGENT aged 62|
|27-09-2002||Died on this day||Roy Patrick FARRELL aged 56|
|27-09-2015||Died on this day||Anthony Thomas CHURCHILL aged 81|
|28-09-1989||Died on this day||Jeffrey Robert HAZELL aged 24|
|28-09-1994||Died on this day||Nicholas John MASTERS|
|28-09-2008||Died on this day||Vicky SOAMES (nee CENTOFANTI) aged 59|
|28-09-2018||Died on this day||Geyel Mitchell Mason 'Mitch' ANDERSON aged 63|
|29-09-2007||Died on this day||Graham John KIRKLAND aged 48|
|30-09-2019||Died on this day||Leighton Howard (Lee) JONES|
1 September 2019 – Douglas Henry (Doug) VEITCH – Retired Detective Sergeant
Doug served in Eastern and Western Regions and died at Dongara, WA, aged 87 years. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 08 MAR 1984.
4 September 2017 – Jay Alan Patterson – Retired Senior Constable
Passed away aged 44. Mr Patterson joined the Australian Federal Police on 14 August 2006. Mr Patterson served most of his career in Canberra as a general duties member at Belconnen Station. Mr Patterson separated from the Australian Federal Police on 12 April 2013 at the rank of Senior Constable.
7 September 2017 – William Paul JAMESON – Retired Senior Constable
Passed away aged 73. Mr Jameson began his policing career on 13 January 1969, joining the Commonwealth Police and transitioning to the Australian Federal Police in 1979. After an extensive career, Mr Jameson retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Senior Constable on 30 September 1987.
For his service Mr Jameson was awarded the National Medal.
8 September 2014 – Frederick Anthony Hulson – Retired Senior Sergeant
Passed away aged 70 in New Zealand. Mr Hulson began his policing career with Commonwealth Police on 19 May 1975, moving to the AFP with the amalgamation in 1979. Mr Hulson was deployed to various teams throughout his career including the Airport, Cyprus (22nd and 27th contingents), and Intelligence, within Southern Region. Mr Hulson retired on 11 April 1990.
9 September 2017 – Maxwell James Thompson – Retired Senior Constable
Passed away aged 81. Mr Thompson joined the Commonwealth Police on 1 May 1961 and worked in a number of locations including the Maralinga Test Facility, Woomera SA as well as the Weapons Research Facility, Salisbury SA before transitioning to the AFP in 1979. Mr Thompson retired from the AFP in 1984 whilst stationed at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap. Prior to Joining the Commonwealth Police, Mr Thompson had served with the Royal Australian Air Force.
10 September 2001 – Robert George GLOVER
Passed away aged 53, after having a brain tumour diagnosed while he was still working out of Brisbane Office. His nick name was “Toad”. Late of Narangha, QLD. For his service he was awarded the:
- National Medal – 03SEP1985
- National Medal – 1st Clasp – 07MAR1995
10 September 2018 – Robert James Caskie
Passed away aged 53. Mr Caskie joined the Australian Federal Police on 24 July 1989, after graduating from Recruit Training in November 1989, Mr Caskie was stationed in the ACT working in Belconnen General Duties, Juvenile Aid Bureau and the Community Relations Team. In 1999 Mr Caskie transferred to Perth and was promoted to Sergeant in 2003. In 2007 Mr Caskie returned to Canberra and later that year moved from a being a Sworn member to a Professional member to pursue a more varied AFP career. Mr Caskie worked in several business areas at AFP Headquarters including Protection and Human Resources. At the time of his passing Mr Caskie was the Team Leader of Honours & Awards at AFP Headquarters in Canberra. For his service, Mr Caskie was awarded the:
- National Police Service Medal
- National Medal
- Commissioners Group Citation for Conspicuous Service
- Australian Federal Police Service Medal (with 25yr Clasp)
Devoted husband of Jacqueline. Caring father of Joel, Emma and Lauren. Loving son of Jim and Patricia. Adored brother of Alison and Christine.
12 September 1986 – George Stirling DICKSON – Detective Senior Constable
South Australian colleagues paid their respects to Detective Senior Constable George Stirling DICKSON who died on 12 September following a heart attack while playing basketball. George was 39 years of age and is survived by his wife Dianne and two young children. He joined the Commonwealth Police Force in Adelaide in 1969, initially performing uniform duties at Salisbury before completing the Investigator’s Course. He left the region in 1974 to serve at the Australian Embassy in Moscow, returning to Adelaide in 1976. During his 16 years’ service, George served in the majority of policing areas, including temporary transfer to Darwin and assisting in the opening of the office in Alice Springs. He was acting at the rank of Sergeant at the time of his death. A service was held at Centennial Park, with members of the uniform branch forming a guard of honour and acting as pall bearers.
12 September 2018 – Warren Royce MARSON – Retired Sergeant
Passed away aged 75. Mr Marson joined the Commonwealth Police on 4 January 1974 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day. Mr Marson worked mainly in Eastern Region General Operations. Mr Marson retired from the Australian Federal Police on 23 December 1986. For his service, Mr Marson is awarded
- National Police Service Medal
- National Medal
- AFP Service Medal.
13 September 2009 – Gregory Robert Slater
Passed away aged 47. Greg joined the AFP in Oct 1981 in Sydney and was posted to Lucas heights. Greg spent a lot of time in search and rescue before moving to emergency services. He had a heart attack while riding his bicycle. A gentleman and very well respected.
13 September 2013 – Stanley Thomas Woods – Retired Detective Senior Sergeant
Passed away aged 78. Stan began his career in 1964 with the Commonwealth Police and carried through to serve with the AFP until 1992, when he retired.
13 September 2014 – Eben James Jefford
Passed away aged 44 in Queensland. In 2007, Mr Jefford commenced with the AFP Operational Response Group – Logistics Team, Brisbane Office, where he was based for 5 years, prior to taking a redundancy in 2012, when SRG amalgamated. Mr Jefford also worked with the Queensland Ambulance Service and the Australian Defence Force.
13 September 2019 – David Richard BOSTON – Retired Leading Senior Constable
Passed away aged 55. Mr Boston passed away on 13 September aged 55 years. Mr Boston joined the Australian Federal Police in January 1987. During his AFP career, Mr Boston worked in various roles across ACT Policing, including general duties, Communications , Watch House and Judicial Operations. Mr Boston was also deployed internationally to Cyprus, East Timor and Solomon Islands IPMT. Mr Boston resigned from the AFP in January 2019. For his service, Mr Boston was awarded the:
- Group Bravery Citation
- Police Overseas Service Medal
- National Police Service Medal
- National Medal
- United Nations Medal
- Australian Federal Police Service Medal
- ACT Community Policing Medal
14 September 2018 – Frank Stanley Clark – Retired Senior Constable
Passed away aged 80. Mr Clark joined the Commonwealth Police on 12 December 1968 and transitioned into the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day. Mr Clark worked in the Investigations Department Intelligence Division with Bureau of Crime and Intelligence, ACT General Duties City Station and Legal Branch. Mr Clark retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Senior Constable on 21 June 1993. For his service Mr Clark was awarded the:
- National Police Service Medal
- National Medal with a 25 year clasp
15 September 2010 – Mark Raymond JOHNSEN – Commander
Passed away peacefully after a long illness, aged 44 years at Canberra, formerly of Sydney. He was a lovely bloke with a great sense of humour – something he never lost right up to the end of his life. He was born in 1966 and sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. Mark joined the Australian Federal Police on 27 May 1985. He worked in many areas of the AFP including ACT, L&D and as Manager CT. For his service, Mark received the following awards:
- Police Overseas Service Medal with RAMSI clasp
- National Medal• Commissioner’s Medal for Excellence
- AFP Service Meda with 20 year clasp
- ACT Emergency Medal
16 September 2017 – Andre Joerg LENZ – Retired Leading Senior Constable
Passed away aged 54. Mr Lenz joined the Australian Federal Police on 9 February 1987 and spent his early career in Sydney and Newcastle. Over the course of his career Mr Lenz served in a variety of locations including Darwin and Brisbane. Mr Lenz deployed to Bali for Operation Alliance and to East Timor in 2003. Mr Lenz retired from the Australian Federal Police at the rank of Leading Senior Constable in July 2014. For his service Mr Lenz was awarded the
- Police Overseas Service Medal,
- National Police Service Medal,
- National Medal (25 year clasp),
- United Nations Medal,
- Australian Federal Police Service Medal (25 year clasp),
- AFP Operations Medal
- Commissioners Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct.
(Words from his family). Andre was excited to leave the Gold Coast hospital today and appears to have had a sudden accidental fall in the early hours of this morning. Andre was a friend to us all who lived a life of service with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Federal Police; his service filled with compassion, friendliness, joy and dignity. We mourn, yet celebrate the life of a wonderful friend, brother and human being.
17 September 1986 – Kenneth James AYERS – Inspector
Ken passed away aged 48. Ken had been with the A.C.T. Police and the AFP for 23 years. Members paid their last respects at a Police funeral at All Saints’ Anglican Church, Ainslie. Ken was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and joined the police force after completing a trade certificate. He served as a city detective between 1966 and 1976, before becoming Licensing Sergeant. He became particularly well known to members of the hotel, club and entertainment industry. He was a duty inspector at City Station at his death. A colleague described Ken as an ideal street Police Officer who became well known in the Canberra community during its years of rapid growth and will he sadly missed. Ken leaves a wife, Merilyn, and four sons.
20 September 2013 – Brian Maurice Anthony DYSON – Retired Sergeant
Brian served in Western Region and died at Yanchep, WA aged 83 years. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 15 DEC 1989.
22 September 2017 – Val McConaghy – Retired Assistant Commissioner
Mr McConaghy passed away aged 89 years. Raised in Canberra, he joined the NSW Police Force on 14 July 1947. On 9 September 1949 he joined the ACT Police and rose to the rank of Superintendent. With the formation of the Australian Federal Police in 1979, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent in charge of the CID (South Eastern NSW and the ACT) Division and then became OIC of Eastern Region. Mr McConaghy returned to Canberra in 1980, firstly as acting Assistant Commissioner in charge of Operations which included the ACT, and then promoted permanently in April 1982.
He retired in 1988 having been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, the Queen’s Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the National Medal.
25 September 2018 – Therese Christine CUBITT
Passed away aged 67. Mrs CUBITT joined the Australian Federal Police on 16 August 2004. Mrs CUBITT worked in National Procurements, National Fleet and AFP Operations Communication Centre in the Australian Capital Territory. Mrs CUBITT retired from the Australian Federal Police on 18 January 2017. For her service, Mrs CUBITT was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.
27 September 2000 – Henry “Harry” Edwin SARGENT
Harry was born in Wagga Wagga and was a farmer. He was living in Binalong, NSW when he met his wife Beryl. He was working in the railway around Bowning and Binalong when they got married in 1959. He worked for a short time in Long Bay prison, before joining ACT police in 1968. He was in Canberra until 1977 when he was stationed at Jervis Bay for three and a half years. He went back to Canberra in 1980. In 1990 he was offered redundancy at the age of 52, and left the AFP. He moved to Falls Creek (near JB) and did lots of traveling before settling down there and renovating their ‘holiday home’. Harry was diagnosed with Metastatic melanoma when he was 62, and died 8 weeks after diagnosis.
27 September 2002 – Roy Patrick FARRELL – Retired Senior Sergeant
Roy served in Western Region and died at Forrestfield, WA, aged 56 years. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 09 MAR 1991.
27 September 2015 – Anthony Thomas CHURCHILL – Retired Sergeant
Passed away aged 81. Sergeant Churchill was a former police officer with Portsmouth Police (UK) from 1964 to 1967. He migrated to Australia in 1968 and joined the Commonwealth Police (COMPOL) in that year. During his COMPOL service, he served as a police liaison officer in Poland from 1976 to 1978; moving into the AFP on its creation in 1979. Sergeant Churchill’s AFP postings included Transport, Communications, Personnel & Services, Uniform Duties Sydney Region, Employee Relations, and two years as Staff Officer to Assistant Commissioner McCabe. He retired on 2 December 1989.
28 September 2018 – Geyel Mitchell Mason ‘Mitch’ ANDERSON
Passed away aged 63. Mr Anderson joined the Australian Federal Police on 9 May 2005. Mr Anderson worked mainly as a trainer and in logistics fleet management roles with the International Deployment Group, and overseas including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP), Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and Christmas Island. He was deployed to the Queensland floods in Toowoomba and to Christmas Island on many occasions for Operation CHIRON, Operation CALDER and to Darwin for Operation DUVAL. Mr Anderson left the Australian Federal Police on 4 July 2014. For his service, Mr Anderson was awarded the:
- Police Overseas Service Medal (RAMSI)
- National Emergency Medal – Queensland Flood and Cyclone
- Defence Force Service Medal
- Australian Defence Force Medal
- Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal
- Commissioners Group Citation Conspicuous Conduct with OP PALLARENDA Clasp
- AFP Operations Medal with Operation PLEACH and Operation CROWEA Clasps
- Australian Federal Police Service Medal
- 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation
29 September 2007 – Graham John Kirkland – Det.S/Constable
Kirko – died aged 48 years. Wife – Angela D’Arcy, daughter – Sally Bulkeley, son – Det.SC Joshua Kirkland. Four grandchildren.
Work: Started at age 19 in NSW Corrections as a prison officer Goulburn Gaol and Cooma Gaol. NSW Corrections 1978 – 1986. Joined AFP from 1990 – 2006 finishing as Detective Sergeant. Worked Tuggeranong GD’s, Woden GD’s, TIG Drug Squad (Redgum was his favourite time), PRS, Transnational Crime.
Awards: National Police Service Medal, ACT Policing 10 year service medal, Australian Police games gold medal in 10km.
Personal Details: Family is happy for anyone to add any memories or perspective of Graham. Truly driven by community Policing. He showed great empathy towards victims and a hardness towards criminals which was bred by the prison system. ACT Policing colleagues were a family to him and he embraced and thrived in the culture and people. His two loves were running and drinking – famously shocked other runners by lighting up a cigarette and drinking a can of beer at the finish line of a fun run at 9am. Of note it bought Graham great happiness when Joshua graduated and joined GD’s at Tuggeranong towards the end of his illness.