It is with sincere regret that we learned of the recent death of Rod Finnigan
who passed away on 28 August 2018 at his home in Harare. He was born 3 October 1936 in Gosport, Hampshire and raised in the Portchester area. After his schooling, Rod joined the Portsmouth City Police
as a Cadet officer and then joined and served with the Royal Military Police
He travelled to Southern Africa on the Athlone Castle in November 1958 and attested into the BSA Police in December, joining Squad 10/1958 for training. In February 1959, Rod was dispatched from Depot with the Nyasaland Contingent to assist in the maintenance of law and order in the Nyasaland protectorate during the unrest there.
After Depot, he was posted to stations in Salisbury Urban including Harare station when he became very involved in police football and darts. Rod later managed police football teams, such as the Salisbury Province XI, during his service. He had other interests including coin collecting (numismatics), military badges and medals. He took an early interest in the International Police Association
(IPA – Rhodesian Section) and became its ‘Hobbies’ Secretary a little later in his service.
Rod’s first promotion was in July 1962 to Sergeant. He married Laura May Moffat
at a ceremony in Salisbury in September 1966 and they had their first son, Rodney in 1967. Patricia Ann was born to the couple in November 1970. Rod was promoted to Inspector at about the same time and took over as Member in Charge Braeside station when promoted.
He was commissioned as a Superintendent in 1976 and was transferred to Gwelo in the Midlands. Rod stayed on and served in the successor force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, and was transferred to Bulawayo, where he took up the post of Officer Commanding, on promotion to Chief Superintendent in 1981. Rodney returned to Harare where he took up a post at Police General Headquarters in the offices of the Senior Staff Officer Training.
He retired from the Force on 30 April 1984 after 25 years of loyal and dedicated service. Rod went into the risk management business and worked for a leading hotel group in Harare. During his service, he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal (PLSM) in March 1977 and is also the recipient of the Rhodesian General Service Medal, Zimbabwe Independence Medal and the Zimbabwe Loyal Service Medal.
Rodney was an extremely supportive member of the Regimental Association
in Harare, and for a long time served on the Central Advisory Committee
(the predecessor of the Regimental Association's Constitutional College
). Following the demise of Bill Ellway
, Rodney became President of the Regimental Association, from which he gracefully stepped down following the restructuring of the Regimental Association in 2017. He took up the Editorship of the Mashonaland Branch Newsletter and joined the Mashonaland Branch Committee.
Rodney shall be sadly missed by his former colleagues and friends and we extend our very sincere condolences to Laura and the family who shall remain in our thoughts.