A heartbroken wife has penned a letter to her husband who took his final breath almost three years after their four-month-old daughter’s death.
David Campbell, a NSW police officer, died on May 8, a day before Mother’s Day, leaving behind his wife Michelle, their two daughters Harper and Meadow, and his stepson Cooper.
His death devastated his family who were still grieving of losing four-month-old Aspen in 2018.
In an open letter to David, Michelle described him as the ‘most gentle, loving and kind daddy’ and said she will miss him forever.
‘I never would have thought my heart would endure this much heartbreak in one lifetime,’ she wrote.
‘My heart is so heavy, so broken. I just can’t fathom how this is real, how you are no longer here on earth.’
Michelle said she was shocked by his sudden death and wished he could see how loved and missed he was already.
‘You and the kids are my whole world I don’t know how I will go on without you by my side, I know I will, have to for the kids but this is not the way it was suppose to be babe, we still had a lifetime together,’ she said.
‘I hope you are at peace now, I hope you have found our Aspen girl and are giving her the biggest hug. Cuddle her for me and tell her Mummy loves her.
‘I love you endlessly babe, I wish my love and the love of your girls could have kept you here with us.’
‘My heart will forever ache for you.’
Stacey Hollands, Michelle’s cousin, launched a GoFundMe page to help the family financially as she braces for the future without her husband.
The community rallied to support the family, with the fundraising campaign so far reaching $15,920 of its $100,000 goal.
Tributes have begun pouring in on social media for the father-of-three, who was remembered as a ‘beautiful’ person.
‘My heart is absolutely shattered for you. David was such a beautiful daddy, husband and friend. He will be truly missed. RIP Dave,’ one friend wrote on Michelle’s Instagram page.
‘My heart and soul is broken today. I never ever would have thought one family, one beautiful family could possibly endure so much heartache. I will treasure every single memory of him,’ another person wrote.
NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia it is offering support and welfare services to his family.
My beautiful cousin Michelle – Mish, lost her sweet and loving husband David on Saturday who is now at peace. Michelle has endured so much heart ache in her life as only 2 years ago she tragically lost her beautiful daughter Aspen at 4 months old. Mish is the most sweetest and kind hearted soul who would be there for anyone in a heart beat.
I would love all your support to help ease some financial stress on Michelle and her beautiful young family.
A note from Michelle below;
I never would have thought my heart would endure this much heartbreak in one lifetime.
My heart is so heavy, so broken my beautiful, sweet husband and the most gentle, loving and kind daddy to our 3 girls passed away yesterday.
I just can’t fathom how this is real, how you are no longer here on earth, I wish you could see how loved you are, how missed you already are.
You and the kids are my whole world I don’t know how I will go on without you by my side, I know I will, have to for the kids but this is not the way it was suppose to be babe, we still had a lifetime together.
I hope you are at peace now, I hope you have found our Aspen girl and are giving her the biggest hug, cuddle her for me and tell her Mummy loves her.
I love you endlessly babe, I wish my love and the love of your girls could have kept you here with us, my heart will forever ache for you.
Every single cent will help.
Please help me help Michelle and her beautiful family for what’s ahead for her.
Campbelltown Touch regret to announce the passing of Elise Monjo. (Grommy).
Elise played with Campbelltown Touch some time ago and was well liked around the club.
Grommy also assisted with refereeing at club level as well as at local school gala days.
Please respect the privacy of the family in this sad time.
White Ribbon Day convoy travels through Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields to stop domestic violence
Emergency service workers, police, residents, community groups and students said no to domestic violence during the White Ribbon Day convoy through the Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields regions on Friday.
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November 27, 2017 – 3:34PM
Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown
EMERGENCY service workers, police, residents, community groups and students said no to domestic violence during the White Ribbon Day convoy through the Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields regions on Friday.
A convoy of 10 vehicles carrying Campbelltown police, State Emergency Service members, Campbelltown Council staff as well as Burnside, Family and Community Services and Centrelink workers travelled from AB Central in Airds, to Campbelltown TAFE and Macarthur Square to spread the anti-violence message.
A similar convoy carrying groups including Macquarie Fields police travelled from Glenquarie Town Centre and visited Minto Marketplace and Eagle Vale Marketplace.
The two convoys met at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in a show of support before men took the White Ribbon Day oath to say no to violence against women.
Attendees also took part in a tug of war to build comraderie.
Campbelltown police domestic violence officer Sen-Constable Carolynn Walters said the day was excellent and a great opportunity to raise awareness that there is no place in the community for domestic violence and violence against women.
“Everyone came together on the day for this very important issue,’’ she said.
“When we were driving around there were always people there supporting us on the route.’’
Now in its third year, the convoy aims to foster community cohesion, trust and respect for all participants.
It’s with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marty Hogan. As you all know Marty was battling cancer for the past few years. He passed away on Saturday 10th April with his family by his side.
Marty was a great long term student & a Hapkido black belt. A wonderful close friend to Master King & Mrs Shantal. He developed many close friendships to those he trained alongside. He was also a strong inspiration to many.
We know our whole KMA community will be just as heartbroken to hear this news.
Our deepest condolences to his wife Jane, daughter Maya and their family & friends.
We are raising funds to assist our friend, colleague, husband, father, teacher, police officer and all round top bloke, Marty Hogan. He and his family are battling an aggressive form of Cancer and Marty has entered the fight of his life.
In December 2019, after returning from a hiking holiday Marty was fatigued, sleeping up to 15 hours each day. Incessant coughing repeatedly caused him to vomit and fight for his next breath. He started losing weight – fast. Days later, the family sat together in the Gold Coast University Hospital, devastated from the shock diagnosis: Marty had Stage four Metastatic Bowel Cancer which had spread extensively to his liver.
Marty’s decline was rapid. He commenced chemotherapy immediately. His wife Jane and daughter Maya (14) stayed by his side providing love, encouragement and support as he fights the battle of a lifetime.
Marty and Jane met 2010. It was a wonder their relationship ever survived. On their first romantic getaway for a weekend up in the mountains, Marty wooed Jane with a first course of oysters. One hour later, inside their cabin (with very thin walls) Marty and Jane succumbed to the disastrous biological effects of rotten oysters. Marty thought they would never survive the undignified encounter but for Jane, she had found her soul-mate. Marty was unlike anyone she had every known – protective, determined, open, honest and a bit of a clown, she couldn’t help but fall for him.
Marty’s passion in sport is Hapkido, a Korean martial art with emphasis on self-defence. Marty trains and assists junior students, he holds a provisional black belt and Maya proudly trains alongside him with a red tip belt. Jane is the newest member of the Hapkido family, working towards a blue belt. At the end of each week, Marty usually enjoys the solace of a few beers while strumming his ukulele, listening to country music or hitting the local karaoke bar (much to Maya’s dismay). He is a man of integrity who holds his friends and family close to his heart.
Marty is a Sergeant in the Queensland Police. He has worked in many roles within the service and has dedicated his life to serving and protecting. Now Marty finds himself in uncertain times, vulnerable and requiring reciprocation of the public’s assistance. Marty is a proud man who does not readily seek nor ask for help. His love and unconditional commitment to Jane and Maya is inspirational and like most cops, he is always the first in line when needed.
Your assistance with escalating expenses for medical treatment, household and financial commitments will give them the gift of time and the ability to walk this journey together. Please donate to this heartbreaking situation; any donation no matter how small will be truly appreciated.
Any money kindly donated on this page will go directly to Marty, supporting him where it is needed most. If you are not in a position to be able to contribute, please share this link.
October 13, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
Marty has had a 2 month break from chemo after some nasty side effects that landed him in hospital in early August.
The break was wonderful and we had a little family holiday in September while he was looking and feeling so much better.
However yesterday we found out his cancer has progressed with new lesions in his liver and he is restarting Chemo today.
A blow to his great progress to date, we are sad but ok and preparing for the next fight.
July 14, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
Aided by your incredible generosity we have achieved our goal to raise funds for modifications to our home to overcome the barrier of stairs. After a lengthy covid interruption in planning, we are now able to follow up on the valued advice and quotes to ensure the best solution for Marty.
Marty is now also focused on finalising tasks around our family home to ease the burden down the track. He has recently arranged for installation of security cameras and is now planning to have our house painted.
Marty continues to have chemotherapy and is fortunately tolerating the treatment well for now. We have just enjoyed some precious time with Maya during the school holidays. Treasured time with family and friends during the winter break have left us in good spirits.
We are so overwhelmed by your kindness and support, we can not thank you enough nor convey the impact it has had on our family. You have given us time together and made life a little simpler. We have received a wave of love we were not expecting nor felt we deserved.
We will continue to maintain the GoFunfMe page so we can stay in contact and keep you updated on Marty’s journey.
June 4, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
Great news this week.
6 month scan results are back and all tumours have continued to shrink. The largest tumour started out at 6cm is now 1.3cm. No new tumours. Marty continues to have chemotherapy for now.
Thank you for your messages and support. We love hearing from you and look forward to seeing you soon
March 23, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
Marty’s CT scan results are in!!!!
All tumors are shrinking – The biggest drop in size was a huge 6cm tumor drop to 2cm.
And no spread!!!!
Such great news Today!
Now we continue to crack on with 3 more months of chemo and zero covid.
We are keeping close to home and really love all your messages and calls.
February 24, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
The commissioner of the QLD police made time for us today. Katarina Carroll’s supportive visit was warm, sincere, encouraging and fun. Thank you for your continued support QPS. We feel the police family love every day
Marty is doing well on chemotherapy. He has his first scan since diagnosis on the 4th March. We are nervous but hope to be able to be able to share good results with you soon.
Thank you for your love and support
We hope you can join us on the 29th March in Northlakes at the Sunday Session organised by ‘Heart and Soul Festivals’
February 6, 2020 by Marty Hogan, Organizer
After just 24 hours you have helped us raise over $10,000. We are beyond overwhelmed with your messages of love and incredible contributions. Our hearts are bursting.
Today, with our CANTEEN bandanas on, we thank and salute you.
Thank you for your help and love. It has been a really special 24 hours
Mrs. SUTHERLAND and FAMILY wish to return their THANKS to the police and friends who sent wreaths, and also the friends who attended the funeral of her late beloved husband, Senior-constable Sutherland.
Senior-constable Sutherland, attached to No. 2 police division, died in Sydney on Monday.
The deceased, who was about 45 years of age, had been in the police force of the State for about 19 years, having joined the service in New South Wales after having spent several years in the New Zealand force.
A few years back he was struck on the head while engaged in making an arrest in Sydney, but he seemed to get well, and very little notice was taken of the blow.
Apparently a clot had gradually formed in the head.
Sutherland went off duty some 13 months ago, and although his case had the best medical attention he gradually wasted away and expired.
The remains of the late Senior-constable Sutherland were interred at Rookwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a number of officers and men of the police force and many other personal friends.
The proceedings commenced with a short service in the house, conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, after which the coffin was conveyed by train to the Necropolis.
The procession to the grave was headed by the New South Wales Police Band, led by senior-constable Mankey, which played the Dead March in “Saul” with muffled drums.
The coffin was carried by four constables, and was covered with wreaths, many being carried also by relatives and friends.
Among those sending them were the deceased’s children. Inspector and Mrs.Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland ( Croydon Park ), the non-commissioned officers and men of Glebe police station and those of No. 2 station, Mr. E. Miller, Mr. Smithson and family, and Messrs. and Mesdames Bannerman, Wagner, H. P. Stewart, Gibbons, and W. MacQueen.
The police force was represented by Inspector Sutherland, Sub-inspector Mitchell, Sergeants Thompson, Smith, Miller, Grice, Taylor, Curtis, Bradley, and O’Dea, and a large number of senior and first-class constables.
No. 8 Lodge. P.A.F.S.A. and six of its officers, the members being unable to muster and follow in full force.
There were also present, among intimate friends and neighbors, Messrs. Anderson, Field, Smithson, Blackman, Bannerman, Sutherland, Kuse (2), Grayson, Holes, Edwards, and Malling. Masters Thorpe and Vaughan, and Mesdames Wagner and Bowyer.
The service was conducted by the Rev. T. E. Clouston, who after reading the ordinary burial service delivered a short address, in which he highly eulogised the deceased.
The band, as a finale, played Chopin’s “Funeral March,” the assemblage remaining bareheaded till its conclusion.
The inquest on the body of Constable David Sutherland, who was shot by a burglar at Potts Point, was commenced yesterday afternoon.
The prisoner, James Morrison, was in custody, handcuffed.
There was a crowded court.
Morrison is a powerful fellow, 28 years of age, and the mark of a heavy blow over the left eye is still visible.
Constable William Sutherland identified the body as that of his cousin. He was a native of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a single man. His mother, three sisters, and four brothers were living there.
Medical evidence showed that the bullet severed the main artery of the groin.
Benjamin Backhouse, architect, residing at Potts Point, deposed that he was awakened by the reports of a shot. On hearing the second shot, he also heard cries for help. He then saw a man running away. The man was of similar appearance as prisoner. A fence over which the man scrambled was examined afterwards and showed blood marks.
Further evidence similar to that reported already was also given.
The inquiry is still proceeding.
The Melbourne police have identified the photograph of James Morrison, who is charged with the murder of Constable Sutherland, as that of a man known to them as Jackson, who has recently done two and a half-years in Victoria for an impudent forgery.
Senior-constable Thomas Grice and Constable William Sutherland were summoned in the Central Police Court this morning charged with assaulting John Brunty on the night of the 12th instant.
Plaintiff swore that he was leaving his brother’s public-house on the night in question, when defendant Grice stopped him, and asked what he had under his arm.
The two defendants then seized both his arms, and beat them behind his back, in consequence of which he has not been able to work since.
William Brunty, brother of plaintiff, Patrick Smith, Mrs. Brunty, wife of William Brunty, gave corroborative evidence.
For the defence Thomas Grice, senior-constable of police, stated that on the night in question he, in company with Constable Sutherland, was on duty at the back of the Lady of the Lake Hotel, and met the plaintiff.
Defendant took hold of his arm, and asked him to hand out what he had under his coat, and did not hurt him.
Witness was severely cross-examined by Mr. Levien.
William Sutherland and Mr. F. Wilkinson gave evidence as to the zeal and good conduct of the defendants.
Family’s tribute for Leading Senior Constable Dennis Cox killed while cycling at Sea Lake
ExclusiveBy Jack Paynter
The heartbroken family of a Victoria Police officer killed while riding his bike have paid tribute to a “wonderful father” with a passion for serving his local community.
Leading Senior Constable Dennis Michael Cox, 47, tragically died when he was hit by a car while cycling on the outskirts of Sea Lake in northwest Victoria on November 12.
Senior Constable Cox’s death has sent shockwaves through the Sea Lake community where he had worked at the one-person station for the past eight years.
The popular and much-loved copper had close ties to the locals, having grown up in the Mallee region on his parents’ farm with his three sisters and two brothers.
He also had extended family in the area and was a champion footballer and past president of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football Netball Club.
His wife Selina said her husband touched many lives in the community and they were very thankful for the outpouring of support they had received since his death.
“We all loved him very much, he was a great dad. He regularly joked to everyone I was the luckiest woman alive,” she said.
Younger brother Phillip Cox said Constable Cox was an “old fashioned country cop” who was proud of his uniform and what it meant.
Colleague and close friend, Sergeant Brad Fowler, said it was his “dream job” was to work at a single member station, with Sea Lake his number one choice having grown up in the area.
“He policed by earning respect so that his community tried to mostly do the right thing so they didn’t put him in a bad position,” Mr Cox said.
“We heard a young man earlier this week refuse a drink as he had to drive home and he wasn’t going to let Coxy down.
“He trusted everyone and saw the best in those who made mistakes. He was patient and kind, as well as cheeky. Kids loved him and he was a brother to so many.”
Mr Cox said that was probably the reason why he had the least arrests and gave out the fewest fines during one year while based at Swan Hill police station.
He said Constable Cox adored his wife Selina, “the absolute love of his life”, and was the proud dad of Shauna, 20, Hannah, 17 and Jacob, 11.
“Shauna and Hannah were his two princesses and Jacob his right hand man,” Mr Cox said.
“Second only to Selina and the kids was his love of fishing and camping and (he) shared this with them.”
Constable Cox will also be remembered across the community as the legendary footballer who won four senior premierships with Berri-Culgoa, coached Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers and was later president after the two clubs merged.
Lifelong friend and current president of the Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers Football Netball Club, Colin Durie, said Constable Cox and wife Selina were “enormous” for the local club.
“He was a very modest man, he never looked for accolades, he was just happy doing his thing, keeping under the radar and just getting it done,” Mr Durie said.
“It’s just been a massive shock, it’s going to be hard to find someone else like him for our small community that’s going to put so much back into it … it’s just going to leave a massive hole.
“When he started policing he wasn’t here and the opportunity came up with the position at Sea Lake and I think he was extremely proud to get back and work in the community he’d grown up in and obviously loved.”
Constable Cox was off duty when he was struck by a car on the Sea Lake-Lascelles Road about 8am on November 12.
He had spent 12 years working with Victoria Police in the Western Division and was also based at Swan Hill police station during his career.
Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the crash. The driver of the car stopped at the scene and assisted police. No charges have been laid.
An unusual incident occurred at the Regent Theatre, Cobar, recently, when a lady resident, who was enjoying the pictures, was hit with an egg. She had some knitting which she was doing, when, to her great surprise, she felt a sudden blow on the chest. On investigation she found she had been hit with an egg. Luckily, the yoke did not break, or her beautiful frock and knitting would have been ruined.
The matter was reported to the police, and Constable Megaw questioned a number of boys at the pictures, without finding who threw the egg.
The police were later informed that two eggs were purchased at a nearby shop while the pictures were in process, and as a result, they expect to be able to take appropriate action against the egg thrower.
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001),
Friday 4 January 1974 (No.2), page 49
IN the matter of the estates of the undermentioned deceased persons, and pursuant to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1954; the Public Trustee Act, 1913-1960; Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 19161954; and Trustee Act, 1925-1942; the Public Trustee hereby gives notice that creditors and others having any claim against or to the estate of any of the undermentioned deceased persons, who died on or about the respective dates hereunder mentioned, and representation of whose estates was obtained by the Public Trustee in the manner and upon the dates hereunder mentioned, are required to send particulars of their claims to the said Public Trustee at his branch hereunder mentioned on or before the 16th day of March, 1974, at the expiration of which time the said Public Trustee will distribute the assets of the respective deceased persons to the respective persons entitled, having regard only to the claims of which he then has notice.
Gordon Leslie Charles Megaw, late of Forster, N.S.W., police sergeant, died 28th April, 1973; probate of the will dated 2nd February, 1954, was granted on 17th December, 1973.
The Club hosted a Cruise Night on Saturday 15 January 2011 with proceeds going to Renee Longford, the daughter of one of our life members, John Longford.
Renee was recently diagnosed with an aggressive type of bone cancer. The Club members decided to help by organising a cruise night at our clubrooms with all proceeds going to Renee.
The night started about 6.00pm and it wasn’t long before the car park was filled with Hot Rods, Customs and American Muscle Cars. There were many more vehicles parked in the street. All in all there were in excess of 100 cars.
The Flattrakkers provided the music for the evening and the kids were entertained with a giant jumping castle. The members were kept busy cooking the BBQ for the crowd of over 500 people. A monster raffle was held during the night with prizes donated by various members and other supporters of the evening.
It was a great night which was enjoyed by all and we thank everyone for their support. We were able to hand Renee an amount of $3000.00 which will assist her and her family during this difficult time.
A special thanks must go to Mick and Pam Cooley who co-ordinated the night as well as all the members who donated items for the raffle.