It is with great sadness that today we mourn the loss of our friend and fellow clubman Darrin VOSS.
This morning he lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at 2.30am.
He came from the CAMPSIE family of Cops which many of us came from.
He was a fighter with a giant heart, great Cop, footy player, friend and family man. He leaves behind a beautiful family and many friends.
He passed away from a rare form of liver cancer which sadly spread.
In this photo he is seen with good friend and clubman Nigel Webber.
We will always remember him and we will play with Vossy in our hearts.
Nambour parkrunners I have some sad news to share tonight.
Today our little community lost a rare treasure today.
Darrin Voss who many of you know through Anytime Fitness Nambour lost his short battle with illness and passed away this morning.
What many of you may not know is that without Darrin there would not be a Nambour parkrun.
Darrin had a vision to bring parkrun to Nambour as a healthy and fun way to connect the community.
He originally approached me in March 2015 and together we searched Nambour and surrounds for the perfect course. There was nothing that would really inspire people to come to Nambour to run 5km until 1 day driving back from checking a potential course at Bli Bli I looked up at the towers on Radar Hill Rd and said there is 1 more place I can show you but trust me, parkrun will never agree to letting us have a parkrun there because it’s 100% trails with hills, no toilets or water except in the creek.
I took him out to Parklands and around the Rocky Creek circuit and of course he was hooked. I said again there was no way this would be allowed but he was determined to ask the question.
The answer from parkrun was if you can raise the money Nambour can have a parkrun there.
Straight away Darrin kicked in a generous donation and organised another donation from another local business.
The Sunshine Coast Council contributed the balance and on 21 November 2015Nambour parkrun was launched.
Thank you Darrin for your vision, your hard work, your enthusiasm, your generosity and all you contributed to our community.
Nambour has lost a very special person today and our thoughts are with your wife Tania and beautiful family.
Sad news former renown player and all round great bloke.
To all of Darrin’s dear friends,
It’s with incredible sadness I need to let you know that tragically Darrin has lost his battle with cancer passing away early this morning.
Nothing in the world meant more to Darrin than his family and I know your thoughts and condolences are with Tania, Zahra, Chloe & Ashton as well as Rudi, Ruth & Meagan.
Darrin was loved by us all and has had a positive influence on everyone he ever met. We lost one of the good guys today, however we’re all blessed for having known him.
Darrin, we all have you in our thoughts and our hearts.
Use all your great memories and connections with people to visualise your path forward.
I believe all the universal energy and positive thoughts from the enormous group of family, friends and people you have touched in your life can together be a great healing force that you can use to fight your way back to health.
I appreciate this will come as a complete shock to everyone but our dear friend Darrin Voss (Vossy) was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in late May this year and has been in the fight of his life over the past 2 months trying to overcome this terrible condition.
The primary cancer formed in what is known as his billary tree and a secondary tumor has formed on his liver.
The cancer is extremely rare and very aggressive and Darren was immediately put onto a strong course of Chemotherapy.
The tumors have caused significant complications with his digestive system and about 3 weeks ago Darrin underwent major surgery to clear blockages in his bile duct and portal vein in his liver.
While the operation was successful, it put him back a few weeks with his chemo and unfortunately the tumors have continued to grow in this time and his health and strength have continued to deteriorate.
Everyone that knows Darrin will understand he is not one to ask for help, however this is a fight he just can’t handle alone.
Tania, Zahra, Chloe and Ashton have been so resilient, getting on with life best they can and dealing with the daily challenges but now they need our help.
Any donation big or small will help Darrin and Tania and their beautiful family during this difficult time. We all need to rally together and help this family in there moment of need.
Darrin is just an outstanding individual who has succeeded in every endeavor he has turned his hand to. Although he’s been involved in the fitness industry for the past 12 years he spend the 10 prior serving the community in the NSW Police Force both in general duties and later as a detective. Many people would know he’s an avid Souths fan but most wouldn’t know he played over 50 lower grade games with the Rabbitohs in the early 90’s – he just isn’t the type of person to brag about things like that.
Please share with as many of Darrin’s friends as you can reach out to, whether it be people he knew growing up and playing football, when he was in the police force or working in the gym we want to reach as many people as possible so feel free to use Facebook, private messages, messenger, WhatsApp messages or any other platform.
We also understand many of you will want to reach out to Tania and the family, but please for now just give them some space to work through this – please leave your well wishes and messages of support here and the family will make sure Darrin see them.
No details of Rods passing can be found via Google search.
Queensland Law Reporter – 11 January 2019 –  1 QLR64
WOODS, RODNEY WILLIAM BERTIE
After 14 days from today an application for a grant of Probate of the will dated 19th December 2016 of RODNEY WILLIAM BERTIE WOODS late of 3001 Emu Park Road, Tanby Queensland 4703 deceased will be made by CASSANDRA JANE DOBBIN to the Supreme Court at Rockhampton Magistrates Court.
You may object to the grant by lodging a caveat in that registry.
Col ColmanThank you Noel Golledge for your fine and dedicated Service to your Community, and to the New a South Wales Police Force. You really did make a difference.
Special thank you for your assistance in assisting the Police Academy in supporting the production of the Police training film In the early 1980’s ” Fatal Accident Investigation” within the Penrith District. and also arranging a training week at Penrith Police Station for Academy Trainees during a week long train strike, with the assistance of Sergeant Tom Tilbrook.
Thank you Sir for your interest in the Training of young Police. Rest in Peace.
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 – 2001), Friday 24 January 1958 (No.11), page 145
THE undermentioned member of the Police Force to exercise, within the Licensing District preceding his name, the authority conferred by section 63, subsection 1, of the Liquor Act, 1912 1954, from the date specified, viz.:—
Young.— Constable 1st Class Noel Godfrey Golledge, stationed at Harden, vice Senior Constable John Richard Cavanagh,— from 18th December, 1957.
There is mention that Noel wore an Army Combat Badge above his ribbons on his Police Uniform. The only possible reference I can find, at this time, is: On the WWII Roll – there is a Godfrey Noel GOLLEDGE, born 2 April 1924, who enlisted in the Army ( NX190850 (N440328)) on 7 May 1942 at Walcha, NSW and was Discharged on 7 March 1947. He nominated his NOK as Edward GOLLEDGE.
Did Noel lie about his age to join the Army? If so, he would of only have been 14 at the time.
The above Family Tree link shows that Noel Godfrey GOLLEDGE was one of 9 children to Edwin GOLLEDGE, Born & Died in Walcha, NSW. B: 1886 D: 1960 and wife Mary Isobel KEIGHTLEY Born & Died in Walcha, NSW. B: 1893 D: 1959.
GOLLEDGE, Noel Godfrey
Passed away 23rd July 2019
Husband of Teresa (dec) and Jo (dec).
Loved father and father-in-law of Ian & Aldene, Bruce & Lyn, Ross & Audrey, Janet & Glen.
Devoted Grandfather and Great grandfather.
Aged 93 years.
SMITH & RINKIN (FDA of NSW)
Accredited Funeral Directors (Bruce Smith JP Manager)
57 Murray Street Cootamundra Ph: 02 6942 1028
July 31, 2019
Treasure of a man to our society. Treasured by all who encountered him. A leader beyond his time; Noel was a gentleman and a gentle man whose kindness, devotion and love could never be surpassed. We all love you Uncle Noel and always will.
Carmel redrup (Garry), DALBY, Queensland
Published in The Northern Daily Leader on July 26, 2019
John Alexander GRAHAM
John Alexander GRAHAM
Late of Deception Bay, Qld
NSW Redfern Police Academy Class # 86A ?
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 9970
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 27 February 1961
Constable – appointed 27 February 1962
Constable 1st Class – appointed 27 February 1967
Senior Constable – appointed 27 February 1971
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 17 July 1977
Final Rank = Sergeant 3rd Class – Medically Discharged HOD
Stations: Central ( 1 Division – Pro Cst – 28/3/1961 – 1962 ), Central ( 29/6/61 – Traffic – Probation ), Central ( 29/7/61 – Traffic – Permanent ), Rockdale ( 12 Division – Solo Cyclist 19/3/1962 – 1964 ), Traffic Branch ( STP Probation 3/12/1964 ), Traffic Branch ( STP Permanent – 15/1/1965 ), Liverpool ( 22 Division – Special Traffic Patrol – 25 Aug 1965 – 2 Nov 1966 ), Liverpool ( 22 Division – GDs, 3 Nov 1966 – 14 Mar 1967 ),
North East District – Taree ( S.T.P. 15 March 1967 – 6 March 1973 ), Traffic Branch ( Solo cyclist, 7 March 1973 – 23 May 1973 ), Windsor ( 27 Division – Solo Cycle, 24 May 1973 – 8 May 1976 ), Blacktown ( 27 Division – Solo Cycle – 9 May 1976 – 12 March 1977 ), Windsor ( 33 Division – HWP – 13 March 1977 – 18 June 1977 ), Liverpool ( 22 Division – Assistant to Sgt in Charge – 19 June 1977 – 31 December 1977 ), Windsor ( 33 Division – OIC – Sgt of HWP 1/1/78 – 15 Aug 1981 ), Parramatta ( 18 Division – HWP Temp. 16 August 1981 – 17 April 1982 ), Parramatta ( 18 Division – HWP Perm. 18 April 1982 – ? ), Hornsby GD’s ( 16 Division – 1982 ), Medical Branch ( Welfare Officer ),
Parramatta – Retirement
Service: From? ? pre Feb 1961?to 8 February 1986 ( HOD ) = 25 years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 5 August 1981 ( no link )
Born: Monday 20 August 1934 in Trangie, NSW
Died on: Monday 22 July 2019
Event location: ?
Event date: ?
Funeral SERVICE date: Tuesday 20 August 2019 @ 11am
Funeral SERVICE location: The Esplanade, Deception Bay, Qld
Wake location: ?
Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial located at: ?
JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
Funeral location: TBA
FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.
Former Queensland Police Service Senior Constable Tony Gamer, following a long term illness, sadly took his own life at Wishart on 6 June 2019.
A former member of the QPS Special Emergency Response Team and more recently the QPSRailway Squad, Tony served within the QPS since 1990, before his medical retirement in 2018.
Tony will be remembered as an incredibly reliable and talented Police Officer who is survived by his fiancé Kaylea and daughter Sophie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues who are all struggling with this profound loss.
via: Blue HOPE stands ready.
They take the oath and to you they’ve sworn,
with or without your praise or scorn,
to place the life of you and yours,
above their own, to uphold the laws.
They see it all, the best and worst
and their visual memories can be a curse.
Still they do their best to quiet the mind,
to reach within and strength and valour find.
They will knowingly step into harm’s way
to protect and serve you each and every day.
We only ask them that if the burden feels too much to bear,
please reach out there are so many that do care…
We bow our heads and offer gratitude and praise,
sadly too often the highest price of life itself is paid.
We were extremely fortunate earlier today, to attend an amazing tribute to the late Senior Constable Tony Gamer on the Raby Bay foreshore.
Whoever it is upstairs pulled all the right levers, resulting in a perfect ‘winters’ day where those who knew and loved Tony turned out in droves to honour this incredibly talented, diligent and highly respected man.
Addressing Tony’s father, QPS Rail Squad’s Senior Constable Jeff ‘Manta’ Rae summed his colleague and great mate up perfectly:
‘To Mr James Gamer… I want you to know that your son was very much an Officer and a gentleman and the service he provided to the community can never be measured or truly recognised but he will be long remembered and not replaced.’
We can’t begin to understand the grief and profound loss that Tony’s family are currently enduring, however, what became abundantly clear today (and in fact since our initial notification) was the boundless love Tony clearly had for partner Kaylea and daughter Sophie, and indeed his entire family.
Additionally, should it be necessary, we are certain that as Sophie grows, she will be forever able to turn to her extended blue family for reminders and reassurances that her father was very simply a fine man, loved and respected by all.
Blue HOPE stands ready.
Warren Sydney MOLLOY
Warren Sydney MOLLOY
Late of Nymboida, NSW
NSW Redfern or Penrith Police Academy Class # ? ? ?
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 8319
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 20 February 1956
Senior Constable – appointed 20 February 1967
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 3 May 1972
Inspector 3rd Class – appointed 30 September 1984
Superintendent – appointed ? ? ?
Final Rank = Superintendent
Stations: ?, Mounted Constable, Campsie, Lakemba, Port Macquarie ( late 1950’s – early 1960’s ), Chatswood, Pymble, Special Licencing Sergeant – Kings Cross region, State Licencing – Retirement
Service: From? ? pre Feb 1956?to13 October 1991 = 35+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Police Sportsman of the Year ( 1972 )
Born: 13 October 1936
Died on: Saturday 16 March 2019
Event location: ?
Event date: Saturday 16 March 2019
Funeral date: ? ? ? – private funeral
Funeral location: ?
Wake location: ?
Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: ?
Memorial Service at: Queenscliff Surf Club, Friday 22 March 2019 @ 2pm
Memorial located at: ?
WARREN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.
Warriewood SLSC Surf Boats Carnival: End of Season Pre-Aussies Training – Homage to Legendary Warren Molloy
Surf Boat crews made their way to Warriewood Beach yesterday, March 23rd, for an End of Season carnival hosted by the beach’s surf club.
Organiser Russell Lamb said the main object of Warriewood SLSC’s Boat Carnival was to give crews an opportunity to have a bit of training before they headed off to Aussies.
“Each division had 4 races each, “ Russell explained after the carnival
“We had a little bit of surf, but not too much, so it wasn’t too hard for the younger crews and newer rowers to gain some more experience. People at all levels had a good run. ”
“This is such a good sport for so many, brings people from all walks of life together to learn about rowing, surf life saving, the ocean, and have some great fun.”
Crews from south of the harbour and all along the northern beaches made their way to that beautiful little beach tucked beside Turrimetta. Mr. Lamb ensured there were some great prizes yesterday – Eco Downunder beach towels for all U19’s crews for starters.
The End of Season carnival participants also paid homage to legendary Sweep Warren Molloy who passed away on March 16th. He was aged 82.
Warren Molloy was the sweep of the 1977 Gold medal winning Warriewood Open Mens Crew. The champion ‘77 crew were in attendance at yesterday’s carnival.
Mr. Molloy was captain of the Australian representative surf team to New Zealand in 1972 and won two Australian open boat championships. Overall, he won 25 Branch, Interbranch, Metropolitan, State, Interstate and National Championships and two international contests against South Africa and New Zealand. Warren was inducted into the ASRL Hall of Fame in 2006.
Warren Molloy was not only one of Australia’s best sweeps in surfboat racing but a man who was strong on discipline and behaviour.
Current North Narrabeen sweep Don McManus said ”He influenced my life tremendously in surfboats,” during his Profile interview of 2014.
”He taught me about team effort, training, discipline, how to row and behaviour out of the boat.”
Don first met Mr. Molloy when he started out with Port Macquarie in 1960. ”He was my sweep and coach,” Don said.
Warren first started out with the Garie SLSC in 1955 and became their boat captain at just 19.
As he had a long association with Queenscliff SLSC and was their club president in 1980-81 the family celebrated his life on Friday, March 22 at Queenscliff surf club. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to Queenscliff SLSC.
Warren will be forever remembered by all especially his support of his wife, Helen. At the State Titles a few weeks ago he could be heard yelling out “run for the line”.
Professionally, as a Special Licensing Branch, Acting First Class Sergeant with the NSW Police Force, Warren Molloy was instrumental in bringing an end to reign of Abe Saffron at Kings Cross and ending the corruption that had crept into some parts of the force during the 1980’s. He was incorruptible – a country boy, and you know what is said about country people – you can take us out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of us.
On being a policeman Mr. Molloy said in an interview seven years ago, “I only ever wanted to be a police officer. All I wanted was to catch the baddies and look after the good people.”
Joining the mounted police force at 19, Warren started his career in the country. He was later transferred to Campsie, Lakemba and Port Macquarie, eventually landing himself in Kings Cross.
Mr. Molloy left the Force in 1990, having been promoted to Inspector shortly after the tribunal that sorted out some aspects of what was going on. A scholarship awarded to him by the dean of the Law faculty of The University of Sydney allowed him to study law, where he graduated aged 55. Success followed him to the field of law where he ran the largest licensing law firms in Sydney in the 1990s.
Sporting success remained a constant in his life. In 1972, Molloy was named the Police Sportsman of the Year, an honour of which he is obviously very proud. He was also a surfer, some residents remembering this week seeing him out at Queenscliff Bombie, acing it.
When asked if the sporting success helped his career. “In some small way, yes; it’s all self discipline and really to preserve, to do something, it’s just a matter of giving it your best shot really and keep[ing] at it,” he observed.
The northern beaches community extends deepest condolences to Helen, son David and daughter Vikki, grandchildren Charli, Jordan and Jayden, and great grandchild Willem.
Certainly a record to be proud of. The gentleman was a legend.
Photos by Ashley Cardiff from yesterday’s carnival run below.
Surf boat rowers ‘just old blokes doing what they love’
by Mitchell Jones
15th Sep 2015 5:00 AM
WHEN you think of old people bonding you tend to think of tea and biscuits, but a group of rowers in their 60s and 70s have their sights set on something more rigorous.
After departing from the Crown Hotel at 9am on Saturday, the 27 men rowed down to Yamba, a trip more than 60km.
Warren Molloy, a 79-year-old former police officer from Nymboida who rowed during his time in Sydney, is one of the organisers of the group.
“Surf boat rowers create a sort of fraternity, we’ve all rowed with each other or against each other and we’ve all become friends,” he said.
“We’re too old for racing anymore, but we still row for exercise, so we got together and we’ve decided to row all the rivers on the north coast.”
The group began their odyssey last year in the Mid North Coast, when they took to the water near Taree.
“Last year we rowed the Manning, and that was good fun, this year is the Clarence and next year will be the Hastings’ turn,” Mr Molloy said.
“We’ve always wanted to row the Clarence together; it’s a great river for rowing.”
Despite including veteran rowers from Woolgoolga, Hawks Nest and Sydney making the trip, it’s two Grafton-born rowers, David Baldwin and Robert Burgess, with the most impressive records.
“I went to school with David and Robert, and after they left Grafton they ended up winning championships in surf boating,” Mr Molloy said, “David has represented Australia in surf life saving contests in places like New Zealand, while Robert is in the Australian Surf Rower’s League Hall of Fame.
“They’ve done very well for themselves over the years.”
In April of this year Mr Baldwin and Mr Burgess were a part of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, where they took part in a 50 surfboat commemorative row made up of crews from Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Great Britain and France.
The journey to Yamba is expected to take the group seven hours, with stops in Ulmarra and Maclean. Mr Malloy expects them to do 10kms an hour, but the group isn’t looking to make record time.
“These trips are for camaraderie, its nice for old friends to get together and row with each other again,” Mr Malloy said, “We get to keep the boys together and keep up our interest in the sport.”
Warren joined Garie SLSC in 1955 and was appointed Boat Captain and sweep of open crew in 1956 at age 19. Swept in last surfboat race in January 2008 at age 71 by competing in the 182 kilometre George Bass marathon, winning the veteran category with the North Steyne club.
During this period Warren’s highlights included:
Winning 25 Branch, Inter Branch, Metropolitan, State, Interstate and National Championships and 2 international contests against South Africa and New Zealand. Included 2 Australian Open Boat Championships (1971 & 1977)
Captain of 1972 Australian Representative Surf Team to New Zealand
Author of the Association’s first training manual, which was on surfboat rowing.
Being awarded “NSW Police Sportsman of the Year” in 1972, as a result of achievements in surboat racing
Warren is currently a member of Queenscliff, North Steyne and Mooloolaba clubs and resides at Queenscliff, NSW.
‘Murphy was his main man’: the alleged links between the judge and the crime boss
Untangling the relationship between Lionel Murphy and Abe Saffron baffled authorities whose inquiries spanned NSW politics, sex trafficking and Sydney landmarks
Just how close was the former high court judge Lionel Murphy to the notorious crime boss of Kings Cross Abe Saffron?
That question preoccupied investigators on the 1986 commission of inquiry into whether Murphy’s conduct constituted misbehaviour in office.
The extent of their concern is revealed in documents released on Thursday, 31 years after the commission was terminated without making findings.
The commission had before it two allegations that Murphy had lobbied New South Wales Labor politicians on behalf of companies associated with Saffron in order to win them lucrative contracts. One was for the refurbishment of Central railway station. The other was for the lease on Luna Park.
The allegations were based on illegally taped conversations between Murphy and his friend, Sydney solicitor Morgan Ryan, which had formed part of the Age Tapes reports in 1984 and later led to the Stewart royal commission.
But was Murphy doing it because of his friendship with Ryan, who was known to be close to Saffron? Or was there a more direct relationship?
In July 1986, investigator Andrew Phelan met with Superintendent Drew at the 20th floor of NSW police headquarters to find out.
According to his file note, Drew reassured him that “apart from what [crime figure] James McCartney Anderson had told Sergeant Warren Molloy, no link between Saffron and his honour had come to light”.
What that particular link was is not disclosed. But Molloy, then special licensing seargent in the Kings Cross region, had extensive knowledge of Saffron’s operations. Molloy was overseas and did not return until a day after the inquiry was wound up, so Phelan never got to interview him.
However, Phelan also noted that “we were told that the vice squad had been conducting a lengthy investigation into allegations that Filipino girls were imported under some racket involving [solicitor] Morgan Ryan to work as prostitutes at the Venus Room”.
“It was suggested that Ernie ‘the good’ Shepherd, head of the vice squad may be able to tell us something about suggestions that Saffron procured females for his honour.”
The police also confided that that they were investigating several allegations that had come out of the Stewart royal commission, “including the alleged involvement of his honour, Ryan, Saffron, the Yuens and police in the Dixon Street casinos matter”.
The file on the commission of inquiry’s investigation into the Luna Park lease reveals that the main evidence they were relying on was from Mr Egge of the NSW police who had given evidence to the Stewart royal commission based on the phone taps he had listened to as part of illegal phone tapping that the NSW police had undertaken. They became known as the Age Tapes.
Ryan had been one of their targets and conversations with Murphy had been picked up.
In the early months of 1980, Murphy was alleged to have told his friend that he had intervened with the NSW premier Neville Wran on behalf of the Saffron-linked company to secure him the Luna Park lease.
The government announced in early 1980 that all six tenders were rejected and eventually called fresh tenders. The winner was Harbourside Amusements. In its early incarnation it was controlled by a solicitor, David Baffsky, who was known to act for Abe Saffron, according to the commission files. But later it had Sir Arthur George and Michael Edgley as its public face and Saffron’s nephew as its secretary.
The commission also sought help from the National Crime Commission and the Stewart royal commission into organised crime.
They were sent the transcript of an interview with James West, part owner of Raffles nightclub who claimed that he had met Murphy at Saffron’s place, and that “Murphy was his main man, you probably know that”.
At the time it was wound up, the commission records show it was planning to call Saffron, Ryan, Inspector Molloy and numerous denizens of Sydney’s crime world to give evidence.
Murphy died a few months later. The truth or otherwise of his involvement with Saffron remains unproved.
ONE story, probably apocryphal, about Abraham Gilbert Saffron, the Jewish boy who went to Fort Street High, earned a quid by reselling used textbooks, then went on to enjoy a life of sleaze, comes from the Gold Coast.
A woman nightclub owner, being stood over by local thugs, called Saffron to ask whether he could help. Before the next scheduled visit by the extortionists, two men arrived and told her to relax and ignore them, they would wait. That night the two extortionists were admitted to Southport Hospital, severely beaten, and the extortion stopped.
A slightly built, dapper man, Saffron had enormous influence and his business tentacles reached across Australia. But his reputation was dreadful. He was constantly attacked: in the South Australian Parliament by the then premier Don Dunstan, who described him as being “one of the principal characters in organised crime in Australia”; in Federal Parliament by the then senator Don Chipp, who described him as “one of the most notorious, despicable human beings – if one can use that term loosely – living in this country”. In the Victorian Parliament he was called “Gomorrah himself”, a reference to a person linked with drug activities, who went by that name in evidence to the Costigan royal commission into the Painters and Dockers Union. Saffron always reacted badly to inferences that he was involved in drugs. Twice he rang this writer at the Herald to specifically state that he was not involved. And if anyone thought he was undefamable, they were in for a rude shock. The Melbourne Age called him “Mr Sin” – he sued and won.
Abe Saffron was born on October 6, 1919, the youngest child of a draper. He grew up with two brothers and two sisters in a unit above his father’s shop in Parramatta Road, Annandale. He was bright, and his mother wanted him to become a doctor, but he chose to leave school at 15. He started working in his father’s shop. The following year his father moved to a new shop, in Pitt Street, which was bigger and had more staff. In 1938 Abe acquired a minor conviction – and a £5 fine – for a betting offence. In 1940, he was convicted of receiving stolen goods and sentenced to six months hard labour, suspended on entering a £10 good behaviour bond. Saffron enlisted in the army but in 1943 switched to the merchant navy and for many years proudly wore his RSL badge.
At war’s end, Saffron went into the hotel business, making a success of pubs in Kurri Kurri and Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, then moving to Sydney, where he acquired the West End Hotel in Balmain and the Gladstone Hotel in East Sydney. He had a go at professional bookmaking but was unsuccessful and decided to stick with hotels. In 1947 he married a hairdresser, Doreen, and bought the Roosevelt nightclub in Orwell Street, Kings Cross. His marriage both to Doreen and the Cross was to last, though these two elements in his life had a most uneasy relationship. He got into more trouble when he was convicted of possessing an unlicensed pistol and was released on a £10 bond to be of good behaviour for two years.
Saffron’s entry into the nightclub industry brought him into contact with the seamy side of Sydney, which he took up with relish. Doreen said later that the Roosevelt “seemed to have changed [Abe’s] personality”. Saffron, whose son, Alan, was born in 1949, started acquiring an unsavoury reputation. He said in People magazine in 1951 that he had nothing to do with baccarat games and that his name “seems to have been linked with everything notorious around this town”.
Probably to counter his deteriorating image, Saffron participated in charity work. He organised a Christmas party for crippled children. He also gave financial advice to the Woolloomooloo Police Boys’ Club that won him praise from the local police inspector. He helped raise money for the Miss Australia Quest and contributed to the Lord Mayor’s Relief Fund through membership of the Kings Cross Chamber of Commerce. But in 1952 he was obliged to defend a charge in the Central Criminal Court of giving false evidence.
In 1954 a royal commission into the liquor laws, conducted by Justice Victor Maxwell snr, found that Saffron had employed people to get liquor licences on his behalf and that he had concealed his interest from the Licensing Court. Some of those licences applied to hotels that sold black market beer to the Roosevelt, which Maxwell described as “possibly the most notorious and disreputable nightclub in Sydney”. Maxwell said: “A. G. Saffron ultimately admitted his beneficial interest in a number of hotels using people as dummies. These hotels included the West End Hotel, Westdale Hotel, Cumberland, Gladstone and Albert Hotels.”
There was concern interstate about Saffron. A question was asked in the West Australian Parliament about whether Saffron was about to take over a hotel in that state. He was searched vigorously by customs officers whenever he turned up at an airport.
Saffron was not above playing around. He was charged with scandalous conduct following a police raid at Palm Beach and comments by the police prosecutor about Saffron’s private morality were most unflattering. The prosecutor referred to him as sexually depraved. Despite that, Saffron beat the charges but scarcely changed his conduct, forming a de facto relationship that produced a daughter. In 1964 he fought charges of receiving stolen property but was coming under increasing scrutiny by law enforcement agencies. The Moffitt royal commission into allegations of infiltration of organised crime into licensed clubs in 1974 gave him the title of “Mr Sin”, and though a police witness said it did not apply to him, it stuck. Questions were raised in South Australia about whether he controlled the drug trade in Adelaide. Saffron gave a media conference to rebut them and to declare that his business interests were “totally legitimate”.
Those business interests were extensive. Living in Sydney’s exclusive Vaucluse, he was reported to have interests in hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, casinos, a sex shop, adult movie clubs and development and finance companies. He made extensive use of front men, but his real strength lay in his ability to get on with police, giving them what they wanted, and his corrupt links were said to have reached to the top levels. That is one interpretation of how Saffron was able to repeatedly beat charges in court.
In the 1980s Saffron was having trouble with arson attacks on his premises. He was also being pursued by the NSW Police Licensing Squad. The arson he might have been able to handle, the licensing police hurt him. He made a series of visits to the then deputy commissioner, Bill Allen, who later cornered the licensing squad head, Warren Molloy, and gave him money – a matter later explored by the NSW Police Tribunal, and which led to Allen’s demise. The money was understood to have been an inducement to Molloy not to perform his duty, and Molloy turned out to be an honest cop.
Saffron was able to rebut allegations that he had had anything to do with the disappearance of the Mark Foys heiress Juanita Nielsen in Kings Cross in 1975, over her activities as the editor of a radical Kings Cross newspaper. The activities affected a development project in which Saffron, according to planning documents, had an interest. Saffron came under further attack when it was alleged that Saffron-owned companies held a lease over a property held by the Public Transport Authority. Chipp told parliament that the building housed a gambling club, a brothel and a sex shop. He said the government had been obliged to buy out the lease, at a cost to the public of $2.6 million, but there was no record of any action having been taken against the gambling club or the brothel. “This all reads like an extract from a novel like The Godfather or a novel about mobster rule in Chicago or Kings Cross,” he said.
The man who proved his undoing was an associate, James McCartney Anderson, with whom he had had a falling out. Anderson put the boot in, accusing Saffron of bribing police and evaded tax. He said Saffron had provided “champagne, cognac and a few girls” in his Crown Street liquor store in East Sydney. The tax got him. Saffron went about his usual denials but there were documents to show there were two books, one to record the actual cash flow, another for tax. Saffron was charged with one count of conspiring with Anderson to defraud the Commonwealth of tax between January 1, 1969, and June 30, 1981. He was convicted on October 23, 1987, and sentenced to three years’ jail. He was stripped of all his NSW liquor licences. He served 17 months before being released on parole to face more tax charges.
By then, 69 years of age, he had much of the starch taken out of him. But not the fight. When the Gold Coast Bulletin published a crossword with the clue “Sydney underworld figure, named Mr Sin”, the answer was Abe Saffron. Saffron went for his lawyers and fought it in court and won. At least he did not send his thugs to put the publisher in hospital.
Last July  a new Liquor Act came into force in NSW. Prior to that event the local Licensing Police had begun to play a heavy hand with various restaurants and nightclubs.
In August Flo’s Palace was forced to close because of breaches of the Liquor Act. Last month the Detour was forced to close.
The Star was aware of the sudden police raids and inspections at the time, and the continuing problems that many venues were having trying to conform to the act. In numerous discussions with many of the owners and licensees of the premises, The Star was asked not tho publish any of this information. The argument used was that the matter should be played down -“ -˜kept low key’ -“ in an attempt to contain and deal with the problem.
It now seems that such advice was ill-informed and indeed detrimental to the businesses concerned and to the general public. Many of the businesses now realise the seriousness of the situation and, in a general meeting of licensed premises called by Michael Glynn, Publisher of The Star, those businesses attending requested public disclosure of the situation.
At the same time the meeting formed a committee to begin to work for the reform of the Liquor Act and the Theatres and Public Halls Act. The meeting also recognised that this was not just a gay issue, but that non-gay venues throughout the state were also affected. Approaches to other venues have been made, and a further meeting is to be held on Thursday November 3 .
Michael Glynn, Publisher/Editor, has compiled the following report.
Only a couple of years ago the Gay businesses in the Oxford Street area began to become an alive, possibly healthy and positive focus for our developing community. The value of these places in our community has proven itself time and time again. They are a valuable focus for our socialising, communication, fund-raising, political activity and enjoyment. There has always been a coming and going of venues, places for us to rage, meet people, feel safe.
That our major venues (bars, discos, pubs) are seriously threatened is becoming increasingly clear to a greater number of people.
The situation is not new and it did not spring up overnight. Nor is it a single issue problem. What we have is a major failure by the Wran government in the administration and application of law and justice in NSW.
The immediate threat to our business community comes from changes to the Liquour Act, the enforcing of the Crimes Act for homosexual offences, and the application of the law by police.
In both areas current legislation is unrealistic, illogical, unjust, discriminating and corrupting.
The Liquour Act does not define a disco. Patchs and the Midnight Shift are not discos as defined by the Liquor Act, they are restaurant/cabarets. Under the definition of their licenses they must serve drinks to customers who are seated AND who are eating. These provisions smack of the ballroom mentality of 50 years ago. They do not recognise today’s reality. In fact, changes to the Liquour Act in July of this year has cost our businesses tens of thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and legal fees.
Why? Because they are discos and operate as discos, not restaurant/cabarets. People go to discos to dance, not eat and watch shows-¦
The enforcement of the Crimes Act in the recent raids on Club 80 has caused considerable comment in the media and various representations to the government. It seems that little can be done to stop the trials of 27 gay men arrested in those raids.
Only last year members of the government, and members of our own community, were saying that these laws were not being enforced. The government that included provisions in the anti-discrimination act for homosexuals, refused to remove criminal penalties of up to 14 years jail for homosexual behaviour in private.
Gays cannot be discriminated against in most areas of housing and employment but can be arrested, tried and convicted for having sex.
That the police have assumed new tactics is evident from their past and recent behaviour. In the past licensing police and the vice squad have turned blind eyes, with hands out, as unlicensed clubs/bars and sex palaces (non-gay and gay) have flourished throughout the city. In the gay community it is alleged that upwards of $50,000 per week was once paid to police, politicians and bureaucrats to keep places open. The extent of that pay-off system may have decreased but it has not disappeared.
In 1976 the Wran government gained office with a campaign that stressed a promise of reform. Instead, law and justice in NSW has now acquired a sordid quality and its application is in total disarray.
The recent allegations concerning corruption of the prisoner’s early release scheme, Rex Jackson’s misleading of parliament over the issue (with his subsequent resignation) and the serious doubts about the thoroughness of the police investigation have given substance to calls for a judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption in the prison system and, at the least, police inefficiency.
Further allegations by the government’s former crime advisor, Mr. Bob Bottom, concerning a NSW magistrate taken to lunch by a crime figure (so far unnamed), and that charges against a defendant were dropped under an arrangement between criminals and the magistrate, are adding to the pressure on the government for a full public inquiry.
Adding more fuel to the fire are allegations of corruption and crime surfacing in the Juanita Nielson inquest. During the investigation into the King’s Cross publisher’s disappearance (and presumed death) Mr. James Anderson, former manager of Les Girls, alleged that he had seen Abe Saffron hand over parcels of money to senior detectives, including one who is now an assistant commissioner.
Newspaper reports (within the limits of the restrictive libel laws that exist in NSW), have referred to Abraham Gilbert Saffron as -˜a prominent businessman’. Other commentators have not been so complimentary: It is established that Mr Saffron has a reputation said to be unsavoury and of being involved in illicit activities’ -“ (Mr Justice Perignon, NSW Police Tribunal, April 1982). He is one of the principal characters in organised crime in Australia -“ (Peter Duncan, former South Australian Attorney General, SA Parliament, March 1978). It is a matter of notoriety in the community, that Mr Saffron is not a person of good repute (NSW Premier Neville Wran, NSW Parliament, November 1978)-¦
In 1982, during the Police Tribunal’s investigation of the Deputy Police Commissioner, Mr Bill Allen, Mr Saffron said that he was associated with more than sixty companies in NSW. Question by counsel assisting the Tribunal, Mr Roger Court, QC, Mr Saffron was asked if he had an interest in premises known as Ruby Reds, at 273 Crown St, East Sydney. Mr Saffron replied: Not the business, no. He disagreed with Mr Court that Ruby Reds was frequented mainly by lesbians and said that it was frequented by both males and females. It was fair, however to call it a gay bar-¦
Mr Saffron said that he, his wife Doreen, and his sister Beryl Buckingham, were all directors of a company called Arcadia Securities Pty Ltd and that Arcadia in turn had shares in a company by the name of Educe Pty Ltd. He did not know if a woman, Dawn O’Donell, was a director of Educe.
Educe operates Patches at 33 Oxford St? -“ That’s correct.
Mr Saffron said that as far as he knew, Dawn O’Donell looked after Patchs.
Mr Saffron’s alleged associations with the gay community are common knowledge. What is not common knowledge is the extent of that association-¦
In 1980, in the NSW Parliament, the Independent State MP, John Hatton, named as corrupt the former liberal Premier, Sir Robert Askin, Police Commissioner Mackay, Allen, Hanson and Wood, and the former CSM Mr Murray Farquhar, who was later appointed head of the NSW Drug and Alcohol Authority.
Mr Hatton told parliament that the turnover of organised crime was more than $2000 million a year -“ that Police Commissioner Wood had resigned -“ on full superannuation benefits -“ following distribution of a document which made shattering observations on the NSW Police Force-¦
Payoffs, bribery, corruption, even murder -“ if any of it is true then some light may be shed on the current situation within our own community.
In March 1982, Sergeant Warren Molloy, who was responsible for licensing in the Kings Cross/ Darlinghurst area, launched a crackdown on restaurants, nightclubs and blue movie houses.
This action signalled an end to the give and take situation that had existed between police and certain businesses in the area. Among the many premises raided were some with which Mr Saffron was associated-¦
Sergeant Molloy has since assumed duties at Chatswood, and in his place Detective Sergeant Burton is responsible for licensing in the area. Sergeant Burton, according to a number of sources, plays it strictly by the book. When the full letter of the law is being applied, you can’t run a disco as a disco, not when you’re really supposed to be a restaurant under the provisions of the Liquour Act. The argument has been well put -“ Sergeant Burton is just doing his job -“ enforcing the law.
A similar situation applies to the vice squad, with Detective Sergeant Ernie Shepard in charge. The only surprise here is that there haven’t been more raids, particularly on private homes, where sex between same sex partners is rampant. It seems that Sergeant Shepard is more discriminating in the application of the law than his licensing counterparts. The recent delivery of 27 statutory declarations by gay men admitting to criminal acts has not provoked action by the police, even though they are required to act upon knowledge of a crime.
And here is the kernel of the problem. No-one knows what to expect from the law and tis application by the police.
Nothing less than a Royal Commission (with full public disclosure) into the allegations of crime, corruption and the enforcement of the law, will satisfy the citizens of this state.
More importantly, the government must correct the archaic laws that give rise to that corruption, when those laws do not apply to the real situation.
Finally Mr Wran and the government must be aware that the major swing against the government in the recent by-elections showed that the NSW public may not be so apathetic over allegations of corruption.
The government must act now or face its most serious test at the polls next year.
Proud police family mourn loss of veteran killed on memorial ride
15 September 2018 — 11:45am – by Joe Hinchliffe
Detective Senior Sergeant Victor ‘Vic’ Kostiuk died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction along the Princes Highway near Orbost on Friday.
Among those mourning the 59-year-old veteran officer are his son, Detective Felix Kostiuk – who was riding next to his father when he was hit – and his wife, retired Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s immediate family asked for privacy. But his broader blue family in the Victoria Police remembered him as a leader in the fight against domestic violence who had much more to give.
Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk had been “chuffed” to be given a role at the head of the Somerville Family Violence Unit just a few months ago.
“He’s been a detective on-and-off throughout his career but it was a very big thing for him to again get to the rank of detective and have that in front of his senior sergeant rank,” Acting Chief Commissioner Patton said on Saturday.
“He’s been committed in the latter stages of his career to combating family violence and he’s become somewhat of an expert in family violence and very well respected.
“Victor was planning to be working for many more years to go, he had a much-unfinished business, especially in the family violence world, where he seemed to have a renewed lease of life and energy to achieve great outcomes.”
Victoria Police mourn Victor Kostiuk, one of their own killed on a charity motorcycle ride
15 September 2018 – 6:46pm – by Kathy Lord
Victoria Police is pleading with the public to obey the road rules after one of their own was killed in a charity motorcycle ride in honour of officers killed in the line of duty.
Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59, was riding alongside his son, also a police officer, in the Wall to Wall charity ride from Melbourne to Canberra when he was killed.
A car driving in the opposite direction on the Princes Highway east of Orbost, in far eastern Victoria, veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s motorcycle.
He and his son had been travelling about 10 minutes ahead of the main group of 300 riders.
Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton started the ride in Melbourne on Friday and told them to go safely.
He went through the police academy with the dead officer’s wife and said the family was in mourning.
“Clearly they’re shattered,” he said.
“Victor was a fantastic member of this organisation, a member for nearly 40 years.
“He was really chuffed just the other day to have been recently appointed back to the rank of detective senior sergeant, something he was particularly proud of.
The driver appeared in Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with culpable driving causing the death of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59.
The crash happened on the Princes Highway at Cabbage Tree Creek, near Orbost, on Friday afternoon.
It is alleged the suspect veered onto the wrong side of the road and was travelling at 137kmh when he struck Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk, Seven News reported.
The court heard the suspect had earlier smoked ice, took Valium and drunk alcohol before getting a friend, 16, to blow into an interlock device before he took over driving, Seven News reported. Major Collision Investigation Unit Detective Phil Frith told Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court Mr Reid had had one hour’s sleep when he decided to drive back on Friday, Illawarra Mercury reported.
Mr Kostiuk was riding his motorcycle as part of the Wall to Wall ride in honour of fallen officers. His son, Detective Senior Sergeant Felix Kostiuk, was also among a motorcade of 300 motorbike riders who were due to arrive at the National Police Memorial in Canberra on Saturday.
Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said some of his last words to Det Sen-Sgt Kostiuk as he left on the memorial ride were “travel safely”.
Adored husband of Pauline, wife of 38 years. Devoted father and idol of Felix and perfect father-in-law of Nicole. Loved brother of Alex and Eleanore and inspirational uncle to many.
His mighty presence, passion and joyfulness have made the world a better place.
“Be the instrument of change”
A Service celebrating the life of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk will be held in the Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on Friday (September 21st, 2018) commencing at 2.00 pm. A Private Burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Victor to Police Legacy. Envelopes available at the Service.
KOSTIUK. – Victor.
The President, Executive and Members of The Police Association mourn the passing of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk and extend their deepest sympathy to his family.
Robert Lawrence SASAGI
Robert Lawrence SASAGI
Late of ?
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 30858
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 18 February 1996
Stations: ?, Redfern – 7 Division ( 160297 – 100503 ), Wollongong – 82 Division ( 110503 to death ) was also ‘on loan’ to Lake Illawarra – 79 Division – Final Station – but still attached to Wollongong LAC
Service: From 18 February 1996 to 10 June 2018= 22+years Service
Awards: NSW Police Medal – granted 13 February 2007
Commendation for Brave Conduct – granted 25 August 2008
National Medal – granted 14 July 2014
National Police Service Medal – granted 26 October 2016
Born: 8 June 1965
Died on: Sunday 10 June 2018
Age: 53 ( he stayed to celebrate his birthday with family )
Cause: Cancer – stomach ( diagnosed in 2015 )
Event location: Home – with family
Event date: Sunday 10 June 2018
Funeral date: Friday 15 June 2018 @ 11am ( Full Police Funeral )
Funeral location: The Salvation Army Hall, 13 Burelli St, Wollongong
Funeral Parlour: Parson’s Funerals, Wollongong
Wake 1: A small Wake will happen at the Hall after the funeral
Wake 2: A Police Wake will happen at the Fraternity Hall, Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, from 1pm – food organised by Mr Craner, Commander, Wollongong LAC
Buried at: ?TBA
Memorial located at: ?
[alert_blue]SAUSAGE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED
FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.
It was Rob’s wish to be at home and with his family. It was also his wish to share this prepared post:
” The problem when suddenly faced with your own mortality is timing. Initially, you think you have no time to do everything you planned to do with your life.
Then you think you have plenty of time. Time to tell people the important things. How much you love them. How much they mean to you.
Now arrived the time when the newest scare returns. It’s been a few weeks coming, but now I know it’s the real thing, the real McCoy.
It’s now not a matter of timing, I know there’s none left.
I won’t tell you not to be sad, because if it were any of you, I’d be sad. just know that I’m at ease and have come to terms with it.
You just need to know, my life has been better for having you in it. I draw great comfort from your friendship, your kindness, and your love. Simply put, my life is better for having known you. “
Sausage was such a loved part of Illawarra Policing that when is plight became known, his Blue Family, blood family, his friends and businesses came out of the woodwork in March 2016 to raise much needed, and very much appreciated, funds which enabled Sausage and his family to fulfil their bucket list and spend that quality family time together in which to make life time memories for the family.
May Sausage forever Rest In eternal Peace.
An insight of a man fighting Cancer
9 February 2018
This is Robs latest post ????????
Okey dokey, my long delayed update and promised anniversary summary. Perusing my last update I mentioned upcoming surgery which took place near the end of November. Day surgery turned into major surgery and to say I was a little miffed when I woke up with tubes out of most orifices would be an understatement. It made for a miserable December, being for the most part bedridden. Beginning of January signalled a slow turnaround of sorts. Things still aren’t great but there is some improvement. In the immortal words of Tim Rogers, ‘I’m thinner than I should be’, tipping the scales at a whopping 70 kilos. I’m still vomiting although not on the previous scale. I’m limited on the volume of food my body will allow me to eat. The amount of muscle wastage still has me weak as a kitten but I’m better than I was. In short, I’m slowly getting stronger. It’s a very long road but I’m ALIVE, a subject I’ll address in a moment. Prior to my trip to New Zealand I had to obtain the all clear from my Oncologist which was timed with scans, being end of January. Result of scans was again positive. Big boy is still unchanged and secondaries are either the same or have shrunk a bit. In a nutshell, the Clinical trial is working a treat. What we need now is the rest of the body to play ball, but as the Oncologist said, with all that’s happened to it, it’s a wonder it functions at all. Like me, my body is too stupid to know when it’s beat. We’ll see. Alrighty!!! Funnily enough surgery time coincided with the prognosis anniversary, 2 years since the news was broken to us. I’m long since supposed to have left this mortal coil, so to say I’m pleased with myself would be another understatement. I’m not given to bouts of braggadocio but I will allow myself this one. Given what I’ve been forced to endure, especially this last 9 months a serious “Fuck you Cancer” is in order. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If not for my family and friends, I can honestly say I would have given up the ghost a long time ago. I know you say I’m strong but there have been many many quiet moments when it’s all seemed hopeless. Sometimes it’s like I’m sending out a telepathic signal, because around that time someone wants to meet up and chat. There are a lot of you, too numerous to mention but I feel I must at least name and shame my serial pests. Shannon Arnold , Scott Nicholls , Dean Richens , you three in varying degrees have kept on me, drawing me away from all my vain attempts at self pity. I’ll have my revenge upon you, just you wait. One day you’ll want to feel sorry for yourself and I’ll be there to lift you up. Aaah, vengance be mine. Mention must be made to NSW Police Force, Wollongong Local Area Command. The amount of care and compassion I’ve received has been completely humbling. All staff at Wollongong, downstairs to upstairs have been nothing short of magnificent. The admin staff have pretty much taken care of everything for me, nothing is too hard. Life is so much easier with my blue family in my corner. Coming up. Well since I managed NZ my next target is Bali in March with serial pests Shannon Arnold , Stew Art , and Scott Nicholls. Should be a quiet one. Next is Uluru in May. My crazy wife Kathryn Bailey is doing the Larapinta track walk for ‘Chris O’Brien Lifehouse ‘ which is 5 days. We’ll meet her up there and take her poor exhausted body back to Uluru and a bit of resort living for a few days. Phew!! Still here. So, here I am, over two years down the track. Still alive and kicking despite the best efforts of this miserable disease. I’ll admit it, there’s been very hard times, times which make you question everything and whether it’s worth it and times you’re ready to give up. As they say in The Shawshank Redemption (mine and pretty much every mans favourite movie), “Get busy living or get busy dying.” I think I’m managing both quite well thank you very much. Well, if you silly buggers are still here for the ride, then I may as well stick around for a bit longer. Talk to you all later.
PHOTO’s FROM THE FUNERAL
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As you all should know, Rob passed away on Sunday and we are in the process of organising his Funeral. Below is some background admin for your information.
There will be an Official Nemeses message sent soon.
For your information Mr Craner was able to organise a Promotion for Rob and that is why he is now a Senior Constable, which is a great result. Rob will be in uniform.
This will be a full Police Funeral. Dress for Police attending is Court uniform with Leather jacket, tie and Large Medals. Commission officers are aware of their uniform.
Funeral for the Late Serving Officer – Senior Constable Robert Sasagi
11am, Friday 15th June 2018
The Salvation Army Hall,
13 Burelli St, Wollongong.
I need a minimum of 20 and no more 30 Uniform Police for Marching Escort Duties. This is the Escort that marches in front of Rob when he is leaving the Salvation Army Hall in the Hearse.
Rehearsals are 9.30am to 9.50am at the Salvation Army Hall. If you wish to do this Duty, which is a very honourable duty can you please get back to me, by email, SMS me, or call me.
Bob Minns Ph. 0439070265
8.30am, Rehearsals for Pall Bearers
9.30am to 9.50am, Rehearsals for Marching Escort. (Marching Escort contingent will be given time to make it back from the Hall to the Police Station to be involved in the large march done)
10am, Police in uniform meet at Wollongong Police Station. (it would be great to have a minimum of 50 police marches please)
10.15am. March from Wollongong Police Station, leaving from Court Lane, marching to the Salvation Army Hall. I will be guiding you to the Hall (We will be asking Mr Worboys & Mr Barrie to thank the marching Police)
10.25-30am, Police marchers arrive at Hall and may be met and thanked by a Family member for attending. (Rob’s wife Kath really wants to see police marching down Burelli Street in respect of Rob)
10.30am, Rob will leave from Parsons Funeral Directors under VIP escort to the Hall
10.35-40am, Rob will arrive,
11am, all Family, friends, Police and Community inside the Hall. (500 seats available and room for 500 standing.)
11am, Police Pall Bearers will bring Rob into the Hall.
11am to 11.40-12mdService for the late Senior Constable Rob Sasagi.
12md Marching Escort move out of the Hall prior to the completion of service.
12md, Pall Bearers bring Rob out of the Hall.
12md All persons who want to be involved in the Guard of Honour are to leave the hall after Rob is taken out and set themselves up on both sides of the Road east of the Hall towards WIN Stadium.
At the completion of the Rob’s Funeral Service there will be a small ‘Wake’ at the Salvation Army Hall.
From 1pm, the Police ‘Wake’ at the Fraternity Club, Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow. Food is being catered for by Wollongong PD and thanks to our Commander Mr Craner for organising this part.
The Pall Bearers (Carrying Rob’s Coffin) will be his good friends Scott Nicholls, Stewart Arnold, Dean Ritchie, Heath Rhind, Brett Sergeant, Martin Miller, Darren Martin and Haydon Govers.
Others roles are given to Jason Hogan, Shannon Arnold and Vicky Elliott and myself.
For your information Jason Hogan and Ben Buffett from PANSW visited Kath today and passed over the $100,000 Police Provident Fund money and the $15,000 PANSW Funeral assistance money.
Two PANSW Trust Funds have also been set up for Rob & Kath’s children, Grace and Elliott.
Firstly our Commander Mr Craner has organised Police from Lake & Far South Coast to help us with numbers so Wollongong Police who were on night work can now attend the Funeral.
Police who are working on the day (Friday day shift) and want to go to the Funeral or who are happy to stay at the Station and cover positions for those police who want to attend, please talk with Sergeant Scott Rickard who is supervising on the day shift.
We have a Traffic Plan in place and I thank Andrew Cotton and the Wollongong Council for doing this.
Due to time frames can you please pass this information on to other police who are in your group/team, send it out to police who no longer work here or who have left the “Job‘ put it on Face Book. Tell family and friends. We need to get the information out please.
Please any questions call me.
All the best
Sgt Bob Minns
Tue 12 June 2018
‘True gentleman’: Much-loved Wollongong cop Robert Sasagi dies
Police officer Robert Sasagi knew his time had run out. He’d had ups and downs during his three-year cancer battle, but this time it was the real thing, the “Real McCoy”.
He’d known it for a few weeks. He wrote it down in a post he asked his wife Kath to share once he had gone.
The much-loved Wollongong cop died on Sunday, but not before spending one last birthday on Friday with his wife and children. And not before his NSW Police Force colleagues showed one last sign of respect.
Wollongong commander Superintendent Chris Craner paid a personal visit to Constable Sasagi’s bedside in Austinmer on Friday to deliver news he had been promoted to senior constable.
Supt Craner said Rob was considered a “senior mentor for the troops”, had worked as a senior investigator and deserved the promotion.
The boss made a special application to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and had it approved post-haste.
”It’s an emotional time for his family and colleagues and it’s important that he was appropriately recognised,” Supt Craner told the Mercury.
Word of the senior constable’s death spread quickly, with tributes flowing from police and members of the broader community.
A keen footy player, the Wollongong Police Falcons said the world had lost one of its greats.
“He will be remembered as the true gentleman that he was and one of the toughest blokes I know to pull on a Falcons jersey,” the club said.
A career highlight was Rob’s 2014 commendation for brave conduct. Whilst off-duty, he witnessed a man clutch a bloodied arm on a passenger train. He disarmed the offender and detained her until on-duty police arrived.
According to his wife Kath, Rob wanted to spend his last days at home and she felt lucky his wish came true. She shared on Facebook the post he had prepared.
“The problem when suddenly faced with your own mortality is timing,” he wrote.
“Initially, you think you have no time to do everything you planned to do with your life. Then you think you have plenty of time. Time to tell people the important things … Now arrives the time when the newest scare returns.
“It’s not a matter of timing, I know there’s none left. I won’t tell you not to be sad, because if it were any of you, I’d be sad. Just know that I’m at ease and have come to terms with it.”
So sad RIP you died a hero to humanity. Janet Selby, Albion Park
Dear Rob. It saddens me to hear that you are no longer with us mate, but I am releaved that you are now at peace. I will miss our morning discussions about our belovered Parramatta Eels. In those famous Pellegrini words ‘usual coffee Rob’ I will endeavour to continue this legacy in your honour mate. Always remembered. Denis & Dave, (Bar Pellegrini) Keiraville
Our lives are so much enhanced having had you on that jouney as a workmate more importantly as a bloody great friend and human being. Sincere condolences to all your family. You were so brave, may you rest in eternal peace my friend. Paul Davidson Primbee
Thank you for all that you did for our region. My thoughts are with your loved ones. Mandy Mt Warrigal
Our Thoughts are with Robert and his Family. We are all proud and grateful for Roberts service in the force. May he rest in peace and watch over us in another life ❤ Alex Breslin, Coniston
RIP MATE, AND BIG THANK U TO ALL MEN IN BLUE SAM, WARILLA
You were a terrific mentor to the junior troops. RIP Good man. Vito Gaudiosi, Dapto
I remember when he got the bravery award in 2005. Well deserved, but that was Rob. Worked GDs with him a few times. Will be sadly missed Dave M, Figtree
A true gentleman and a genuine man. It was a pleasure to know you and work alongside you. You will be missed Sausage. Fly high xx Sharon Johnson, Nichols Hunter Valley
I didn’t know you but as a retired cop, I dip my hat to you…..RIP Spike McCallum, North Avoca Beach
Sad news. prayers to all family members. John Stephenson, Tarrawanna
Blessed are Gods children go in peace.He will always protect his family from cop Heaven Susan Caruana, Ipswich Queensland.
Oh Rob! Pete Theodore, Woonona
A brave protector gone to rest !! Sleep in peace in His arms and suffer no more Vincent de Vos, Oak Flats
RIP Rob. A great shamrock lost. A pleasure to have had u as mate Adam Potter, Shamrocks
A good man Norman, Woonona
Had the pleasure of working with Rob at Redfern many years ago always a bright light whatever shade the rest of the world seemed. Thanks Rob Barry Wright, Ulladulla
Hi Kathy…..very sorry indeed to hear of your loss Dic Morgan, Camden Town, London
So sad and so proud. Loved your family and loyal to your brother and sisters in arms. Uncle Fraser, Sue and Paris Perth, Western Australia
You were a top bloke and you will be missed. Rest easy mate Aiden, Dapto
RIP Robert xx Jo. Mahssen, Shell cove
Nephew you are now at the card table in the sky with our beloved aiga who have passed. Keep an eye on their sleight of hand eh? Alofa atu Aunty Tina Aunty Tina, Melbourne
Malo le tau. Malo le toa. Manuia lau malaga Robert. Alofa atu julienne and ted. Julienne Johnston, Hillsborough
Deepest sympathy to your family. Thank you for all you did. Heather Tweedie, Coffs Harbour
I understand the feeling which is close to my heart. Lovely too get to do these things. Thinking of you and your family. Maureen Stephenson, Woonona
Fate whispers to the Warrior, ” You can not withstand the Storm” The Warrior Whispers back I am The Storm; you will be sadly missed my cousin, but never forgotten, Arohanui. Ringo Rissetto,West Auckland, New Zealand
Alofa atu Rob, e manuia lou malaga Rest in Love Michael Mau’u, Glen Eden New Zealand
Rest in Peace and Love Cuz Robert. Timu. Auvaa .Tito, Blacktown
The world will be a quieter place without your smile, heart and friendship, you were a true Argonaut in my life thank you for your freindship. Doug Ringhoff, NSW
May you rest in peace my old Redfern mate. Loved your sense of humour & everything about you. Fly high my friend. Lesley Townsend, Redfern