Gregory Ross PAYNE
Late of Orange, NSW .
Married to Angela Payne (nee Bamford), NSWPF # 37085
Son-In-Law to Retired Det Insp. Greg BAMFORD, NSWPF # 17088
“possible” relation in ‘the job’: ?
NSW Goulburn Police Academy – Class # 286 ( DPP 12 or DPP 13 )( Both these Classes Attested on same date )
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 38597
Rank: Commenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday ? ? ?
Probationary Constable – appointed 2 September 2002 ( aged 23 years, 4 months, 7 days )
Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )
Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Final Rank: = Detective Sergeant
Stations: ?, St George PAC, Homicide Squad, Tuggerah Lakes, Canowindra PStn, Cowra PStn, Serious Crime Directorate ( SCC )( SenCon ), ?, Orange PStn ( Canobolas LAC )( Sgt ), Parkes Dets ( Central West Police District ) – Death
Service: From ? ? 2002 to 26 April 2021 = 19+ years Service
Retirement / Leaving age: = 42 years, 0 months, 0 days
Time in Retirement from Police: Zero
Awards: No Find on Australian Honours system
Born: Thursday 26 April 1979
Died on: Monday 26 April 2021 at home on his 42nd birthday
Age: 42 years, 0 months, 0 days
Organ Donor: Y / N / ?
Cause: Depression – Suicide
Event location: Home
Event date: Monday 26 April 2021
Funeral date: Tuesday 11 May 2021
Funeral location: Lawn Service, Eugowra, NSW
LIVE STREAM ( YES – but I don’t have the details )
any Future Wake location: ??? TBA
any Future Wake date: ??? TBA
( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )
Funeral Parlour: ?
Buried at: Eugowra Cemetery, North St, Eugowra, NSW
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2022 )
GREG is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * BUT SHOULD BE
GREG is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
GREG IS NOT mentioned on the Sydney Police Centre Memorial Wall, Surry Hills ( 2022 )
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May they forever Rest In Peace
A letter to PANSW Police News:
‘Police Family Alive and Well’
In late April this year a mother, father and brother lost their youngest child and brother.
My Police Officer daughter, Angela Payne (nee Bamford) lost her husband and my family lost a son in law.
Detective Sergeant Gregory Ross Payne, 41 years old, took his own life after a battle with mental illness. His death occurred at Orange, New South Wales. Greg was attached to the Central West PD and was working out of Parkes Police Station.
Following Greg’s death the Police Family came to the aid of my daughter and their two daughters, aged 10 and 8 who live in the small country town of Canowindra.
The PD response and care under the leadership of Superintendent Steve Kentwell and his management team was immediate, genuine and full of support. Nothing was too much trouble in our time of need.
The Police Association reacted immediately with contact, offers of support and within days a sizeable sum of money was deposited directly into my daughter’s bank account. A week later Ian Johnstone, acting for the Police Provident Fund travelled from Sydney to my daughter’s home where he presented her with another very sizeable sum of money to support her through what lay ahead.
Floral tributes from a number of commands were delivered to the home over ensuing days. Just to name a few … Orange and Cowra LAC’s, Parkes Police, Homicide Squad, State Crime Command. Not to mention the flowers, food packages and love and support from the local community and business houses. Greg had been stationed at Canowindra performing general duties when first taking up a country posting. The response from all was amazing to witness.
Greg was laid to rest with full Police honours at a lawn service at Eugowra, NSW on the 11th May, 2021. Approximately
150‑200 people attended. Numerous Police from across the state, along with community and family members turned out. The service was live streamed which was viewed by many Police and friends living overseas.
It was a fitting farewell and I know Greg’s family, as with our family, were extremely grateful to all that attended from far and wide. I can report Canowindra RSL bar‑staff (Greg was known there funnily enough) were kept busy later that afternoon and evening.
Greg’s funeral was conducted under threatening skies on a very cold afternoon at Eugowra. Technical difficulties with the audio production saw attendees standing for an extended period in very cold and light showery conditions. Fortunately, rain held off till after the service and afternoon tea.
I need to highlight the actions of Region Commander Geoff McKechnie who was in attendance. I had not met Geoff previously. He sought me out in the crowd to personally offer his condolences and support for the future. The genuineness in his words and demeanour left me knowing ‘this bloke is fair dinkum’. Former work colleagues of mine had told me both Mr McKechnie and Commander Steve Kentwell were, in our speak, “good blokes”. Maybe a ‘country copper trait’ or another example of ‘looking after our own’.
During the service and unbeknown to me Greg’s daughter, Grace was visibly shaking from the cold. I first became aware when I saw a rather large (sorry Sir) Police tunic being handed forward to Grace which was wrapped around her small upper body. Geoff McKechnie, seated behind had removed his tunic and wrapped it around Grace for the length of the service. Clearly Geoff could have ‘influenced’ another officer to give up his tunic or jacket. What a lovely gesture from obviously a kind and caring man and genuine leader. That memory, amongst others will stick with me forever as a reminder that the ‘Police Family is Alive and Well’ and in this case it came from the top.
I must also acknowledge Police Legacy who contributed by supporting Angela and sponsoring her attendance at a 2 day retreat at Mudgee with others in a similar bereavement situation.
On behalf of the Payne and Bamford families please let me say thank you to all that attended. Your support, prayers and offers of assistance that continue are all very much appreciated.
Greg can rest in peace now with the knowledge his family is in good hands. Please remember to ask ‘R U OK’. You could save a life.
Retired Detective Inspector
8 PANSW Police News July-August 2021
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