Pic Chance Hanlon

In one of the largest funerals Nowra has seen for many years, an estimated 15 hundred people this morning paid their last respects to Shoalhaven police officer Chief Inspector Steve Johnson, who died suddenly earlier this month.

Steve Johnson. Pic Murphy Funerals

The service was held at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, and was led by good friend, The Master of Ceremonies, Adam Straney.

The main auditorium was filled to capacity, with mourners spilling over into adjoining spaces, and even outside the centre.

The eulogy was delivered by former Shoalhaven police commander, the highly respected, Chief Superintendent Wayne Starling.

Chief Superintendent  Starling told mourners Steve Johnson would be most remembered for his  love and affection as a family man and his unique ability, to relate to,  and connect with the community.

He also related the story of how  a statue of Steve’s favourite character The Phantom disappeared off his desk, after being hijacked by colleagues.

The statue would then turn up in the weirdest of places for photo opportunities.

After the service police formed a guard of honour as the hearse carrying Chief Inspector Johnson’s coffin departed the centre.