GALLERY: The life of Tony Tamplin

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin celebrates 35 years in the police force. Picture: Natalie Grono
Senior Constable Tony Tamplin celebrates 35 years in the police force. Picture: Natalie Grono
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at Waratah police station with one of his daughters, Anikka, and his mother, Anne, at his surprise morning tea earlier this year. Picture: Natalie Grono

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at Waratah police station with one of his daughters, Anikka, and his mother, Anne, at his surprise morning tea earlier this year. Picture: Natalie Grono

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with his mother, Anne, at the Cavalry Mater cancer carers' auxiliary Mothers Day Lunch at Merewether Golf Club. Picture: Dean Osland

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with his mother, Anne, at the Cavalry Mater cancer carers' auxiliary Mothers Day Lunch at Merewether Golf Club. Picture: Dean Osland

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin wearing his marriage celebrant mantle at the fancy-dress wedding of Rell and Simon Derrett. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin wearing his marriage celebrant mantle at the fancy-dress wedding of Rell and Simon Derrett. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with his children Alex, Anikka, Yelanda, Anthony, Natusha and Kalina (front). Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with his children Alex, Anikka, Yelanda, Anthony, Natusha and Kalina (front). Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Tony Tamplin officiates at the wedding of Shannon and Nino Valdez-Roffey. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin officiates at the wedding of Shannon and Nino Valdez-Roffey. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tony Tamplin dressed up as Elvis. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin and colleague Glenn Trubody with Hayley Bills and Heidi Hutchinson at a media preview of Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Picture: Simone De Peak

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin and colleague Glenn Trubody with Hayley Bills and Heidi Hutchinson at a media preview of Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Picture: Simone De Peak

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin as an Earth Hour embassador in 2009. Picture: Ryan Osland

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin as an Earth Hour embassador in 2009. Picture: Ryan Osland

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with an uprooted street sign. Picture: Natalie Grono

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with an uprooted street sign. Picture: Natalie Grono

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with an uprooted street sign. Picture: Natalie Grono

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with an uprooted street sign. Picture: Natalie Grono

Lee Shearer with Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Lee Shearer with Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin at a surprise morning tea in his honour at Newcastle Police Station. Picture: Darren Pateman

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin weighs in against Big John in the Summer Blood Challenge of 2008, marked by tug-of-war. Picture: Kitty Hill

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin weighs in against Big John in the Summer Blood Challenge of 2008, marked by tug-of-war. Picture: Kitty Hill

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin weighs in against Big John in the Summer Blood Challenge of 2008, marked by tug-of-war. Picture: Kitty Hill

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin weighs in against Big John in the Summer Blood Challenge of 2008, marked by tug-of-war. Picture: Kitty Hill

Keith Nott, Tony Tamplin and Roy Hart at the 2007 Variety Ball. Picture: Kitty Hill

Keith Nott, Tony Tamplin and Roy Hart at the 2007 Variety Ball. Picture: Kitty Hill

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin was also a celebrant. Picture: Brock Perks

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin was also a celebrant. Picture: Brock Perks

Big John Young and Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in the 2007 Red Cross Challenge between the police and bikers. Picture: Stefan Moore

Big John Young and Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in the 2007 Red Cross Challenge between the police and bikers. Picture: Stefan Moore

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with policing volunteer Gordon Pickett in 2004. Picture: Ryan Osland

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with policing volunteer Gordon Pickett in 2004. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kevin McDougall, Tony Tamplin and Laurie Reiffel with Thomas Johnston and his new electric wheelchair donated by Wests and The Variety Club in 2006.

Kevin McDougall, Tony Tamplin and Laurie Reiffel with Thomas Johnston and his new electric wheelchair donated by Wests and The Variety Club in 2006.

Big John Young and Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in the 2005 Red Cross Challenge between the police and bikers.

Big John Young and Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in the 2005 Red Cross Challenge between the police and bikers.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tony Tamplin in 2000.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tony Tamplin in 2000.

YMCA performance by Newcastle's own Village People - Clockwise, from front, Janet Dore as the construction worker; Gary Kennedy as the policeman; Tony Tamplin as a bikie; Paul Murphy as an indian; Brian Doyle as a cowboy and Gillian Summers as a sailor. Picture: Anita Jones

YMCA performance by Newcastle's own Village People - Clockwise, from front, Janet Dore as the construction worker; Gary Kennedy as the policeman; Tony Tamplin as a bikie; Paul Murphy as an indian; Brian Doyle as a cowboy and Gillian Summers as a sailor. Picture: Anita Jones

Tony Tamplin and Big John in the 2004 Blood Bank police versus bikies challenge.

Tony Tamplin and Big John in the 2004 Blood Bank police versus bikies challenge.

The 2004 launch of Dress Down Drug Free with Mark Sargent, Gary Kennedy, Paul Murphy, Mark Glanville and Tony Tamplin. Picture: Anita Jones

The 2004 launch of Dress Down Drug Free with Mark Sargent, Gary Kennedy, Paul Murphy, Mark Glanville and Tony Tamplin. Picture: Anita Jones

Tony Tamplin on Bluey Day with police preparing to have their heads shaved. Picture: Ryan Osland

Tony Tamplin on Bluey Day with police preparing to have their heads shaved. Picture: Ryan Osland

Rupert Reid, Tony Tamplin, Clayton Watson and Jeremy Kewely at Newcastle Police Station for the Shoot Out Film Festival in 2003.

Rupert Reid, Tony Tamplin, Clayton Watson and Jeremy Kewely at Newcastle Police Station for the Shoot Out Film Festival in 2003.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Senior Constable Tony Tamplin.

Cast from the 2002 Celebrity Shoot Out film at The Clarendon Hotel From left, actor Damon Eggleton, R&B artist Deni Hines, Senior Constable Tony Tamplin, Home and Away actor and Shoot Out film director Ben Steel, actor Barry Shepherd, and Always Greener actor Scott Major.

Cast from the 2002 Celebrity Shoot Out film at The Clarendon Hotel From left, actor Damon Eggleton, R&B artist Deni Hines, Senior Constable Tony Tamplin, Home and Away actor and Shoot Out film director Ben Steel, actor Barry Shepherd, and Always Greener actor Scott Major.

Tony Tamplin scrutineers a Newcastle Variety Club Bash car with entrants Jamie Price and Michael Bayliss in 2003.

Tony Tamplin scrutineers a Newcastle Variety Club Bash car with entrants Jamie Price and Michael Bayliss in 2003.

Newcastle Business Club's Dress Down Drug Free Day in 2002. Picture shows, clockwise from front centre, Paul Murphy as Dame Joan Suffering, Brian Abingtone Doyle as Placido The Dingo, Craig Hamilton as Jose Caress Me, Tony Tamplin as Luciano Pavlova and Gary Kennedy as Maestro James Grapevine. Picture: Anita Jones.

Newcastle Business Club's Dress Down Drug Free Day in 2002. Picture shows, clockwise from front centre, Paul Murphy as Dame Joan Suffering, Brian Abingtone Doyle as Placido The Dingo, Craig Hamilton as Jose Caress Me, Tony Tamplin as Luciano Pavlova and Gary Kennedy as Maestro James Grapevine. Picture: Anita Jones.

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with fake ID cards in 2001.

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin with fake ID cards in 2001.

Knights players Sean Rudder, Julian Bailey and Josh Perry with Tony Tamplin at the premiere of A Knights Tale.

Knights players Sean Rudder, Julian Bailey and Josh Perry with Tony Tamplin at the premiere of A Knights Tale.

Butch Mays, Ashley Gordon, Sharon Grierson, James Rae, Amy Webster and Tony Tamplin at a youth meeting at Newcastle Beach in 2002.

Butch Mays, Ashley Gordon, Sharon Grierson, James Rae, Amy Webster and Tony Tamplin at a youth meeting at Newcastle Beach in 2002.

Butch Mays, Ashley Gordon, Sharon Grierson, James Rae, Amy Webster and Tony Tamplin at a youth meeting at Newcastle Beach in 2002.

Butch Mays, Ashley Gordon, Sharon Grierson, James Rae, Amy Webster and Tony Tamplin at a youth meeting at Newcastle Beach in 2002.

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in Newcastle Mall in 2001. Picture: Simone De Peak

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin in Newcastle Mall in 2001. Picture: Simone De Peak