Malcolm Noel READ
New South Wales Police Force
Rank: Retired 2010 as a Senior Sergeant
Stations: Region Traffic Co-ordinator, North Region, Newcastle in 2010
Cadet #: 2413
Regd. # 14483
Joined NSW Police Cadets: 2 December 1965
Service: From 2 December 1965 to ? ? 2010 = 42 year career
Died: at his Newcastle home, Tuesday 1 April 2014
Illness: Heart attack
Age: 62 old
Funeral: Wednesday 9 April 2014 at noon
Funeral location: St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Adamstown
ASSISTANT Commissioner John Hartley has praised the life and work of one of the Hunter’s most loved and respected traffic police, Senior Sergeant Mal Read.
The retired police officer died of a heart attack at 62 in his Newcastle home on Tuesday.
He was well known in the Hunter for his passionate work in road safety education.
Senior Sergeant Read retired from his 42-year career in the police force in 2010, having been a traffic officer for 16 years.
“Even though they may not know it, there are many families who have travelled throughout northern NSW who have their loved ones with them today thanks to Mal’s leadership and dedication,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“He was an exemplary role model and someone people, including myself, looked up to for advice and guidance when improving road safety in NSW.
“His police family will miss him.”
Daughter Lisa Stumkat said his children were very proud of him.
“He’d do anything for anyone. He was a good father and a good grandfather,” she said.
“He spent his retirement caravanning with Mum. He was always off buying stuff for his car and caravan and planning the next trip.
“I’m glad he got to see so much of Australia last year,” she said.
Senior Sergeant Read was also involved in a range of charities and community groups including the Variety Club and Lions Club.
Neighbour and close friend Steve Owens said he had known Senior Sergeant Read for more than two decades.
“He was a credit to the police force and a credit to humanity,” he said.
Senior Sergeant Read’s funeral will be held at noon on Wednesday at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Brunker Road at Adamstown.