Detective Joseph A. Mignano – Cranston Police

Det. Joe Mignano
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     October 29, 2008 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Officer Joseph A. Mignano of Beacon Drive, North Kingstown, RI. who passed away on October 27, 2008 at Kent Memorial Hospital. A 1963 graduate of Cranston High East who attended Providence College, Roger Williams College, and U.R.I., he was sworn into the Cranston Police Department on July 21, 1969.  During his 30 years of dedicated service some of his duties included assignment to the Tactical Unit working undercover assignments in Drug and Organized Crime investigations, a special liaison to the R.I. Attorney General’s office to assist in prosecuting felony cases, and the armorer and firearms instructor for the department. Over the years, he received numerous commendations and citations including but not limited to the Medal of Valor for his actions during a shootout in Cranston and was also recognized by The Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. Also active in the community, Joe’s community activities included coaching C.L.C.F. youth football and youth basketball, Cranston Western Little League Baseball, and was president of the league, and Cranston Babe Ruth for many years.  He was also responsible in organizing the Babe Ruth World Series in Cranston. Besides his wife Diane (Nabb) and parents, he is survived by his loving children; Joseph A. Mignao Jr. of North Kingstown, Michaela E. Mignano and her fiance Chad Thomas of Tiverton, and Christopher Mignano of PA.  He was the devoted grandfather of Isabel and Sienna Mignano and cousin of Fred Palmieri, Joe Palmieri, and Linda Pinsoneault. Joe’s kind act of generosity, friendship and his keen sense of humor will be sadly missed by all his family, friends, and CPD family.  Rest in Peace our Brother.