23 June 2020 – Robert Henry GILLESPIE OAM QPM – Retired Commander AFP25

Bob “Doc” GILLESPIE was born 26 March 1933. He was AFPFMA member #151. Doc went into hospital and was operated on 1 June 2020 for a tumor on the brain however he remained in a coma since the operation and passed away aged 87 years. Doc led a distinguished career in both the Queensland Police Force and then the Commonwealth/Australian Federal Police. He was sworn in as A Queensland Police Officer in 1952. He was stationed at Richmond and Oxley in Uniform after which he was transferred to the Brisbane CIB and then to Toowoomba CIB as Detective Senior Constable. In May 1964 he was selected to be part of the 1st UNFICYP Contingent to Cyprus for a year. On his return he was promoted to Detective Sergeant and selected to form the first Traffic Investigation Squad. In 1973 he resigned  and was appointed a Detective Chief Inspector with the Commonwealth Police and and became a member of the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day in 1979. During his AFP career, Mr Gillespie worked in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Mr Gillespie retired from the AFP in December 1989 as the Commander, Northern Region. For police his service, Mr Gillespie was awarded:

  • Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service
  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • Queen’s Commendation for Service
  • three Queensland Police Commissioner’s Commendations
  • two Prime Minister’s Commendations for Efficiency
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal

Because of the restrictions imposed on us by the Corona Virus, attendance at Doc’s funeral will be by invitation only. The funeral service will be live-streamed. This can be accessed via the following link: https://youtu.be/J9LBPlfyCP0

Our thoughts are with Doreen, Doc’s family, friends and his former AFP colleagues. Thank you for your service. He will be missed. RIP Doc.