Remembering Frances Pirie

December 2019

At the end of October, we had the privilege of attending the funeral of Frances Josephine Pirie, someone who will truly always have a place in the heart of the Police Family. Frances first came into the policing world when she met her beloved Clarrie, or Senior Constable Clarence Roy Pirie as he would later become, in Bathurst. They married in 1949, and in the late 1950s they moved to Capertee, where Clarrie was the Officer in Charge of Police. They lived there with their four children until Clarrie was tragically killed on duty on 13 October 1960. This momentous day changed everything, and the family struggled with the cruel new reality that had been dealt to them. At the funeral we heard of the love that Frances gave to her children, and the sacrifices she faced, and we know that her memory will live on forever. Rest in Peace.