PAUL Milton Jones, who died in Canberra just before Christmas, was born in Sydney in 1942 and grew up with a love of bush-walking and no inkling that he would get more than his fill of it in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.
In 1962 he successfully applied for acceptance as a cadet patrol officer and after initial training found himself at Bolubolu, PNG, in 1963.
Even while patrolling the remotest parts of the country, Paul sought to maintain his cultural connections with Australia.
Just before 1 pm each weekday he would instruct a carrier to shinny up a tree with a radio aerial so he could listen to the latest episode of Blue Hills transmitted on shortwave by the ABC.
His feeling of independence as a single man was undermined when he met Brenda McInherny, a young Australian girl teaching at the Ladava Mission School in Milne Bay. They were married at Port Macquarie in 1967.
Returning to PNG to a posting at Morehead, Paul was selected to undertake the 12 month ‘long course’ at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney.
Here he was trained in local government and law, which added magisterial duties to his other roles. He returned to a post in Popondetta and was there until he resigned in 1971.
After a short time with the Blue Mountains Council west of Sydney, Paul joined the Australian Capital Territory Police - later absorbed in the Australian Federal Police.
Here he undertook a wide range of duties including two years in London as a liaison officer attached to the Australian High Commission. He had a long and successful career of 26 years, opting for early retirement in 2000 with the rank of Superintendent.
Toward the end of his career Paul worked closely with community agencies engaging with young people on the edges of society through Project Saul near Wee Jasper, a cause close to his heart.
He remained committed to many smilar roles including volunteering as a guide at Old Parliament House, Lifeline and the University of the Third Age but never neglecting his love of boats and travel.
In recent years Paul experienced cardiac problems, one of which prevented him leaving a cruise ship visiting Alotau.
On 18 December 2016, in the words of his family, Paul "passed away peacefully at home in the arms of love".
A devoted family man, Paul is survived by his wife Brenda, three children and two grandchildren.