Stephen David Clifford PEPPERELL
NSW Police Cadet # 2754
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 16054
Rank: NSW Police Cadet – commenced 6 December 1971
Probationary Constable – appointed 23 November 1973
Constable 1st Class – appointed 23 November 1978
Senior Constable – appointed 23 November 1982
Final Rank = Senior Constable – Death
Stations: ?, Tamworth ( 1980 – 1982 ), Kootingal ( 1982 – death ) ( 25 years at the ONE Station )
Service: From 6 December 1971 to ? ? 2007 = 36 years Service
Awards: National Medal – granted 28 May 1990
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 24 March 2000
Born: 23 November 1954
Died on: ? October 2007
Cause: Motor Vehicle Accident – Motor Cycle – Off Duty – Private cycle
Funeral date: 19 October 2007
Funeral location: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tamworth
Buried at: ?
Memorial: NSW Police force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, D34 ( left wall )
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Big crowd farewells Kootingal policeman
Hundreds of people have packed St Paul’s Anglican Church in Tamworth, in north-west New South Wales, for the funeral today of long serving Kootingal policeman Steve Pepperell.
The crowd at this morning’s service was told of a family man who faced tragedy in his life, but who also made an enormous contribution to the police service since his induction in the early 1970s.
Senior Constable Pepperell was killed in a motorbike accident last week, sending shockwaves through the community he had served for many years.
The overflowing crowd watched the service on big screen TVs that had been placed outside the church.
The head of the Tamworth-based Oxley local area command, Tony Jefferson, says he remembers an officer who trained many young officers, who in turn have made a large contribution to the police service.
“He’d walk in here when he’d report to Tamworth with this devilish smirk on his face, and you’d never know what he’d been up to,” he said.
He says he will miss Senior Constable Pepperell’s roguish sense of humour.
Kootingal police officer honoured on memorial plaque
A FORMER Kootingal police officer who died in an accident almost eight years ago has been honoured at an official memorial in Sydney.
Senior Constable Stephen David Pepperell was a familiar face after serving for more than two decades in the Kootingal and Tamworth areas as a police officer, right up until his tragic death in a motorbike accident in southern NSW in 2007.
Yesterday, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione unveiled a commemorative memorial plaque at the Sydney Police Centre in Surrey Hills, featuring the names of several sworn and unsworn officers including Senior Constable Pepperell who have died while serving in the NSW Police Force.
Several of Senior Constable’s Pepperell’s family including his parents travelled to Sydney for yesterday’s service. They said they were touched by the commemoration of their father, son and grandfather.
“We are honoured that Dad, even after his passing, will be recognised for his service and lifelong commitment to the police force,” daughter Natalie Pepperell told The Leader.
“Dad was one of the longest-serving police officers in one station and he was quite proud of that; he was so well-known in the community.”
Senior Constable Pepperell joined the force in Sydney in 1971 and never looked back.
After a city stint, he moved to Tamworth in 1980 and served for two years before transferring to Kootingal, where he was stationed until his tragic death.
“It was very touching because we grew up in the police station, in the police residence for all those years and the police force was a big part of our lives,” Ms Pepperell said.
“So we have a lot of respect and gratitude towards the police, and appreciation that after seven years they continue to remember Dad. It is a really nice tribute.”
It was also his work outside the force made him a familiar face around Kootingal.
Senior Constable Pepperell was member and president of the Kootingal Lions Club, president of Kootingal Bowling Club, a Group 4 referee and also an avid Harley-Davidson rider.
He continues to be honoured with the Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield football match, which is played annually in Kootingal and raises funds for the Cancer Council – a cause close to his heart after he suffered Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
KOOTINGAL-MOONBI TO HOST STEVE PEPPERELL SHIELD MEMORIAL DAY
The Kootingal-Moonbi rugby league club is calling on teams competing in Group 4 to pledge their support behind the, 2018 Steve Pepperell Shield Memorial Day.
The day honours Steve Pepperell’s tireless dedication to the community of Kootingal, with all proceeds from the day going to the New South Wales Cancer Council.
Prize money is up for grabs for the winner and runners-up. The fundraiser will be held on March 10.
Pepperell Shield biggest yet as second division gets into gear
GROUP 4 Second Division clubs have been converging on Kootingal for the past five years to play a bit of footy before the start of the season and raise some money for the Cancer Council.
The sixth Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield tomorrow will be one of the biggest yet with eight teams entered.
Even re-formed clubs Walcha and Boggabri have joined their new second division opponents is supporting the event, played in honour of the late Steve Pepperell.
Walcha and Boggabri meet in their first game of the day in an all-Kangaroo derby, before Walcha tackles Quirindi and Boggy faces Manilla.
All teams will play two games each and the winner will be the team with the best record for the day.
Werris Creek is the defending champion having won every trophy available to a second division club last season. With so many teams entered the day is a long one.
The first game is at 9am when Manilla tackles Bendemeer, with the last game to finish about 5.30pm before the presentation of the shield.
There will also be some exhibition league tag games between Dungowan, Kootingal, Quirindi and Walcha – the first league tag games to be played under the Group 4 banner.
Magpies grab a third Pepperell shield
WERRIS Creek maintained its love affair with the pre-season Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield competition on Saturday.
The Magpies won it for the third time in its five-year history at Kootingal after winning both of their games.
The Creek faced reigning Group 4 Second Division premiers Barraba in the final game and needed to win it to be a chance to taking the title.
Against a Bulldogs side severely weakened since that grand final success the Magpies were convincing winners.
“We won our last game, beat Barraba 30-6,” Creek coach Ron Dellar said.
“We just beat them around the ruck because we were fitter than them.”
There were six teams involved in the tournament.
All six played two games each, with the trophy going to the side with the best record at the end of the day.
Kootingal also won both of its games but Creek won on for and against differential after it also rolled local rivals Quirindi 16-6 earlier in the day.
Kooty also beat Quirindi but its first match against Dungowan only produced a 4-nil win.
Bendemeer was the other side involved.
Creek is celebrating its centenary this season and winning the charity event is a great way to start it.
“We were good around the ruck,” Dellar said.
“That’s where we got them.
“Peter Darcy scored two tries in the Barraba game.
“He played well.
“And Phil Beaton and Thomas Brown were good too.”
Money raised at the Pep Shield goes to the Cancer Council.
Creek continues its build-up to the second division season with a three-way trial next week.
“We play Gunnedah at Werris Creek and Kooty is also coming down,” Dellar said.
“That should be a good and then we have the (Wests) Knockout.”
The premiership starts on April 14.