WE continue to pay tribute to former Rockhampton crime co-ordinator Kel Weeks with the second part of his obituary today, as his friends and family prepare to lay him to rest. This part of the obituary outlines more of his life in the region.
In March 1961, when Kel was still in his police training, Pat gave birth to their second child, Brad.
In April Kel successfully completed his policing training and was duly sent to walk the beat at the police headquarters in Roma St.
However, Kel yearned to return to the country life.
In December 1961 Kel was transferred to the Rockhampton suburban station situated in Alma St.
The station had all the mod cons, even its own motorcycle and sidecar.
After a relatively short time at Alma St, Kel's investigative ability became apparent and he successfully applied for a transfer to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).
Thus commenced his career as an investigator. In 1963 he and Pat had their third child, Kim.
Kel remained at the Rockhampton CIB, gaining the rank of Detective Sergeant Second Class. In 1982 he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant First Class and took charge of the Mackay CIB.
Later, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant, returning to Rockhampton and in charge of the CIB.
While in this position he was honoured with being awarded the Australian Police Medal; the first non-commissioned officer in Queensland to be so awarded.
In 1991 Kel was finally promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector, in the position of the Crime Coordinator.
He was now the most senior and highest ranking detective in Central Queensland.
Kel held this position for the next two years, retiring from the now Police Service in 1993.
He then moved back to the family property at Bajool where he enjoyed his retirement with his beloved Pat, until she succumbed to cancer in 1999, at only 59 years of age.
In his retirement, he held office in Rotary.
The lobbying for and raising funds to erect the helipad at the Rockhampton Hospital was one of the chapter's main achievements under Kel's presidency, along with the skywalk at Mt Archer and the sports centre at CQUniversity.
He was awarded the prestigious Rotary award, the Paul Harris Fellow.
Late in Kel's life he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia, and was admitted to the Hillcrest Hospital, where he succumbed to his condition.
Kel is survived by his sister Beryl, and brother Colin, his three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.