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Raymond JONES


Raymond JONES 

Late of Thirroul, NSW

Northern Territory Police Force

Regd. # ?????



ServiceFrom ? ? 1958 to ? December 1966 ( * Medical discharge ) = 8 years Service

Awards:  Presented a Silver Spoon by the Queens representative for being part of her March 1963 Royal Escort ( Police Cyclist )

* Ray was involved in an On-Duty MVA whereby he was riding his Police Motor Cycle when he was hit by a drunk driver.  This MVA, in March 1963, caused Ray significant injuries to his eye sight ( which resulted in him having a wok eye, and pelvic injuries which resulted in one leg being shorter than the other which required him to wear special shoes because of the length difference.  Ray, at some stage, then moved to Fairy Meadow, NSW and then Thirroul where the family home was.


New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ??????

NSW Parking Patrol Officer

( Brown Bomber then Grey Ghost )

Rank:  Parking Patrol Officer

Stations:  Wollongong

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? August 1991? years Service

Awards:   ?

Born:   ? ? ?

Died on:  12 January 2019

Age:  85

Cause:   Effects of a Stroke

Event location:   ?

Event date:   6 January 2019

Funeral date:   Thursday  17 January 2019 @ noon

Funeral location:   H. Parsons, 278 Princes Hwy, Bulli

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  H. Parsons, 4284 3163

Buried at:   ?

 Memorial located at:   ?





May they forever Rest In Peace



Passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on January 12, 2019.

Beloved husband of Sheila (dec).

Dearly loved father and father in law of Leanne and Scott, Melissa and Richard.

Much loved Grandpa of Lachlan, Mitchel, and Makayla.

Loved brother and brother in law of Alan, Barry, Denise, Edward and their families.

Will be missed by his dog ‘Freddie’.

Aged 85 Years

Forever in our Hearts

Always Loved and Sadly Missed

Reunited with Sheila

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ray’s funeral service to be held in the chapel, Parsons Funeral Home, 278 Princes Highway Bulli on Thursday January 17, 2019 at 12noon.

In lieu of flowers donations to Dementia Australia Research Foundation
would be appreciated.


After leaving the Northern Territory Police Force, due to injuries sustained from a Police Motor Cycle MVA, Ray moved to Fairy Meadow and later moved to Thirroul where he and his wife made their family home.
Ray had, at some stage, joined the’ Brown Bombers ‘, who were employed by the NSWPF as Parking Patrol Officers.
A change of uniform in the 1980’s saw Parking Patrol Officers, known by the nickname of ‘Brown Bombers’ ( because of the colour of their uniform ), become known as ‘Grey Ghosts’ because the colour was changed from Brown to a light Grey.
Ray was Stationed at Wollongong ( N.S.W. ) and during his stint at Wollongong, was known far and wide as a nice bloke who wasn’t too hard on those parking offenders ( if you happened to be at your car at the right time of course ).
Ray was seriously assaulted by an irate parking offender in Corrimal St, Wollongong, one day.  So much so that Ray ended up in Wollongong Hospital due to his injuries.
Ray was a practical joker too.  He just loved putting a Parking envelope under your wiper blade ( with nothing inside the envelope )  just because he knew it was your car.
Ray stay at Wollongong Police Station until he retired in August 1991 – mainly due to the fact that at this time in the NSW Police History, local councils were attempting ( and were successful ) as taking over the duties of Parking Patrol Officers.
Some left the employ of NSWPF and went over to the Councils whereas others, like Ray, were old enough to take Retirement.

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