Hundreds farewell to former Newcastle police officer John 'Bopper' Mooney

John Bourke speaks at the funeral of his long-time mate and former colleague John 'Bopper' Mooney on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil
John Bourke speaks at the funeral of his long-time mate and former colleague John 'Bopper' Mooney on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Hundreds have packed into St Joseph’s church at The Junction to say goodbye to a man who was one of the Hunter’s most well-known and colourful police officers.

John Mooney, known to most by his self-appointed nickname Bopper, died on Saturday at the age of 72.

Hundreds gathered to farewell former Newcastle police officer John 'Bopper' Mooney at The Junction on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Hundreds gathered to farewell former Newcastle police officer John 'Bopper' Mooney at The Junction on Thursday. Picture: Marina Neil

Yesterday, 400 people – including about 100 serving and former police officers – packed into the church to pay tribute to the “larger-than-life” former cop.

Before he retired 15 years ago, Bopper was involved in investigations into some of the region’s highest profile crimes and the state’s most notorious villains.

“Bopper, there’s many things you could say about him, but in my book he’s a legend,” said his long-time mate and former colleague John Bourke.

To read about the colourful life and times of John ‘Bopper’ Mooney, get Saturday’s Newcastle Herald.

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