Graeme Francis DONNELLY

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  21504

Uniform #  9444

Rank:  Chief Inspector

Stations:  Warilla, Wollongong

ServiceFrom 7 May 1984  to 16 August 2013 = 29 years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 30 August 2000

Born:  8 September 1960

Died on:  16 August 2013

Cause:  Heart attack

Age:  52

Funeral date:  26 August 2013

Funeral location:  Harbour St, Wollongong

Buried at:  Kanahooka Lawn Cemetery, Kanahooka Rd, Kanahooka

Memorial: NSW Police Force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, A29 ( left wall )

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly

GRAEME is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance
  * NOT WORK RELATED

Death of Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly, 52 old around 11.30am, today, Friday 16 August 2013, who was riding his push bike with a mate around Lake Illawarra ( the actual lake ) this morning and was riding up Mt. Terry when he stopped and said to his mate that he didn’t feel well.

Whilst standing next to his bike, he suffered a massive heart attack.

An Off Duty passing Paramedic commenced CPR and called for assistance. Helicopter assistance was also considered and I am informed that the Paramedics worked on Graeme for a lengthy and extended period and was conveyed to Hospital under Police escort but, unfortunately, he never regained consciousness from the time he fell.

He was aged 52 and was a Chief Inspector ( for those who don’t know him ) and a really nice bloke.

May he forever Rest in Peace and look over the rest of us.

The funeral for Graeme will take place on Monday, 26 August, at 1.00pm at St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Harbour Street Wollongong. Guest’s to be seated by 12.40pm.

I would expect this to be a big funeral with standing room only – out onto the street.

 

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1724752/police-cyclists-mourn-loss-of-good-bloke/?cs=300

He was a highly respected policeman who sought relief from his demanding role as chief inspector in his passion for cycling.

Tributes have flowed for long-serving officer Graeme Donnelly, 52, who died of a heart attack while riding around Lake Illawarra last Friday.

Friend and cycling companion Wally Erven said Insp Donnelly loved cycling because it allowed him to de-stress.

“Being in the police force, it gave him a separation,” he said.

Insp Donnelly was the father of junior Australian cycling champion Aaron Donnelly – and Mr Erven said the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree.

“Aaron’s not a professional cyclist for no reason – it’s in his genes and he got that from his father.”

Wollongong acting superintendent Tim Beattie said the policing community had been shocked to learn of Insp Donnelly’s death.

Insp Donnelly spent his career based in Wollongong until about 12 months ago when he transferred to Sydney and was attached to a specialist police unit.

“Graeme was a highly respected member of the police force who performed a significant amount of his service in the Illawarra area,” Supt Beattie said. “He is regarded by all those who knew him as being a good bloke.”

A tribute has also been posted on the Cycling NSW website.

“His loss is greatly felt by the Illawarra Cycle Club and the NSW cycling community,” the statement read.

Insp Donnelly’s funeral will be held at Wollongong Catholic Cathedral, 36 Harbour Street, at 1pm on Monday.

 

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1732220/gallery-blue-line-pays-tribute-to-graeme-donnelly/?cs=300

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Graeme and Kerri Donnelly - 2011 Illawarra Police Charity Ball

Graeme and Kerri Donnelly – 2011 Illawarra Police Charity Ball

Graeme and Kerri Donnelly - 2008 Illawarra Police Charity Ball

Graeme and Kerri Donnelly – 2008 Illawarra Police Charity Ball

 

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione speaking of Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione speaking of Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Commissioner Andrew Scipione leading the march for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly - Photos from Illawarra Mercury

Commissioner Andrew Scipione leading the march for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly – Photos from Illawarra Mercury

 

 

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly. Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly.
Photos by Greg Callander

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Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly. Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly.
Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly. Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly.
Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly. Photos by Greg Callander

Funeral Service for Chief Inspector Graeme Donnelly.
Photos by Greg Callander

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Graeme Donnelly – Funeral pamphlet – 27 Aug 2013

Memorial plaque

 

 

See https://www.australianpolice.com.au/calendar/wollongong-v-lake-illawarra-lac-rugby-league-family-day/ re memorial Police football game to honour Graeme.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016 GRAVE OF GRAEME FRANCIS DONNELLY WHOM I WORKED WITH AT WARILLA. DIED 16 AUGUST 2013 GRAVE IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF ROAD, PAST THE NEW CRYPTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING BUILT WHICH ARE ALSO ON THE EAST AND TO THE NORTH OF THE OFFICE. THE GRAVE IS ABOUT 3 - 4 ROWS BACK FROM THE ROADWAY AND FACES AWAY FROM THE ROADWAY.

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016
GRAVE OF GRAEME FRANCIS DONNELLY WHOM I WORKED WITH AT WARILLA.
GRAVE IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF ROAD, PAST THE NEW CRYPTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING BUILT WHICH ARE ALSO ON THE EAST AND TO THE NORTH OF THE OFFICE.
THE GRAVE IS ABOUT 8 – 9 ROWS BACK FROM THE ROADWAY AND FACES AWAY FROM THE ROADWAY.

Location of Grave

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