Robert died at Cobargo, NSW, on 17.5.2013, aged 68 years, after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife Pam and five adult children.
After serving in NSW Police from 20.2.1967 to 23.11.1969, he was sworn into RPNGC on 2.12.1969 after completing a short course at Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) at Mosman, Nsw.
His first posting was as a HQ officer under the late departed Raymond Wells Whitrod before being transferred to Panguna, Bougainville.
He resigned from RPNGC on 13.4.1971 and took up employment with Bechtel-WKE.
Towards the end of 1971, with his wife and family he sailed his yacht on a seven-months cruise to Sydney.
He re-joined NSW Police in 1972 and for some years worked in Internal Affairs before retiring in 2000.
In recent years with his wife, Pam, he ran a bed and breakfast in Cobarga (near Bega), NSW.