Gary THATCHER, son of Laurie, was with old work mates at the Palm Court Restaurant, Corrimal Hotel, Princes Hwy, Corrimal tonight ( Wednesday 12 December 2018 ).
This ‘get together’ was with old Policing Footy Team mates from the Illawarra – who regularly gathered to celebrate old war stories and great times together.
Tonight, about 6pm, Gary was ready to leave the restaurant with his mates and went to the bathroom. At the time he was wearing a moon boot due to a recent operation. Gary was in good spirits when he went into the toilet but a short time later he was found lying on the floor in the bathroom and it is unsure what has occurred and further enquiries by police are continuing.
His friends and colleges commenced CPR until the arrival of Paramedics who took over but unfortunately Gary passed away.
Gary was in good spirits and health and his passing comes as a total shock to all that knew him and were with with him.
Gonad will forever be resting with his father, Laurie.
Funeral details have yet to be arranged.
May the lads forever Rest In Peace.
Keith Maree Caldwell 141218
Wednesday was supposed to be a great day for myself & a group of mates..Xmas Lunch with a bunch of good guys beers & punting, war stories, funny times……we do this 6 times during the year. 13 of us were there on Wednesday (few missing) but only 12 got to go home to their loved ones, family & friends!
But this day we will never forget because of the passing of one of us Gary ‘GONAD’ Thatcher 💔😭. I’m crying as I write this & all of us will deal with this in our own special way.
Some of us had left, but majority were still there, when Gary had a fall around 6pm. NSW Ambo’s / Paramedics attended & a few of the boys assisted them🙏💪 wow..heartbreaking boys but there was nothing else you could do. Maria & myself ended up getting back to the pub with others who arrived to console everyone, it was heart breaking & sad.
This is hard to say but you know what Gary went doing something he really enjoyed…together with old boys having a giggle, telling war stories, food & beer plus a few bets on the side. It is now a special but sad day in our lives.
Gary was loyal to his mates until his last day, loved his family & would do anything for both. A funny bugger who made us laugh. If you had the chance to work with him in the cops (which I did), he was a good old fashion cop.
Police Footy was special, he loved this from his early days as a Campsie ‘Camel’ to the world famous Wollongong ‘Falcons’….he had a ball, and come to think of it majority of us did, great days playing, enjoying life long friendships, away bus trips & end of season trips away. 😁 The Townsville trips to see my good mate Muzza ( RIP ) were up there too. This is hard for us but GONAD you wont be forgotten mate…we all loved you❤
It is with deep regret and incredible sadness, that I announce the passing of Annette Tolhurst (Née: Hinton) 😪
Annette passed away peacefully, last Thursday evening, after a battle with cancer.
I worked with Annette extensively at North Sydney Police Station, many years ago.
She was an incredibly proficient operator and a wonderful woman.
Annette was a no-nonsense type of person, who got the job done, with a minimum of fuss. She easily won the admiration and respect of all of her work colleagues and dearest friends.
I believe that Annette’s final posting was at the Police Assistance Line (Lithgow).
Rest In Peace, sweet lady.
You were an incredibly beautiful person.
If funeral details do become available, I will announce further updates.
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 17 August 1964
Constable – appointed 17 August 1965
Senior Constable – appointed 17 August 1973
Senior Sergeant – appointed 31 December 1987
Final Rank = Senior Sergeant
Stations: ?, ‘D’ District, G.D’s all of his service in Metro & Country areas, Police Academy lecturer at the Secondary Training annexure, Elizabeth St, Redfern ( 1980’s ), Sutherland District Office, Kogarah – Retirement
Service: From? ? pre August 1964?to? ? ? = ? years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 2 March 1981 ( Sgt 3/c )
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 7 October 1991
2nd Clasp to National Medal – granted 10 August 2000
Born: 19 February 1943
Died on: Monday 3 December 2018
Cause: Parkinson disease ( sufferer for 10 years ) & recently suffered progressive dementia
Event location: ?
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Funeral date: Monday 10 December 2018 @ noon
Funeral location: South chapel, Woronora Cemetery, Linden St, Sutherland
the Metropolitan South Associates Branch of the Police Association have advised of the death of retired Senior Sergeant John Hamer, last station Kogarah.
During his service John performed general duties at country and metropolitan stations, and for a time was a lecturer at the Police Academy. He was an absolute gentleman, a very humble and respected man. For the past ten years John battled Parkinson disease and more recently suffered progressive dementia. Rest in Peace friend.
03/12/2018 – John Robert Thomas HAMER, 75 old, Reg. No. 11103. Ret. Sen. Sgt of Monterey, Sydney NSW.
John’s funeral will be held at 12.00pm on Monday the 10th Instant at the South Chapel, Woronora Cemetery, thence a burial will be conducted within the grounds.
The family are desirous that former colleagues attending John’s funeral may wear relevant medals. If so, appropriate dress clothes would be required. The family have indicated that they would also like a Police Honour Guard to be present. Later, a wake will be held within the grounds to celebrate John’s life.