Patrolman Thomas Murphy – Cranston Police

Patrolman Thomas Murphy

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     Patrolman Murphy began his career as a “Special Patrolman” sometime around 1920.  On October 1, 1924, an article appeared in the now defunct “Cranston News”, which stated he had been appointed to the “regular force” by Chief James E. Cuff.  

     “Murphy is an excellent man to add to the force.”  the newspaper said.  “Soon after he had been appointed a special policeman”, the article went on, “Murphy was standing on Cranston Street one day when he noted that a woman in boarding a trolley car had dropped her pocketbook.   He tried to attract her attention to tell of her loss, but the trolley started toward Providence, leaving him standing in the middle of the road with a pocketbook  in his hand.  Not to be outdone, however, he haled an auto going in the opposite direction, had it turn around, speed after the trolley, blew his whistle, stopped the car, and very politely handed the woman her pocketbook before se realized she had lost it”   

     Nothing further is known of Patrolman Murphy at this time. 

Officer Roland R. Manchester – Cranston Police

Officer Roland Manchester

     Retired Officer Roland R. Manchester, 77,  passed away on June 15, 2022, surrounded by his loving family at HopeHealth Hospice, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Constance (Valletta) Manchester for 36 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Sanford Manchester Sr., and the late Gladys (Luther) Manchester.  Roland was a Cranston Police Officer for over 18 years retiring as a Traffic Investigator.  Upon his retirement from the CPD, he became an Investigator for the Public Defender’s Office of the State of RI.  Roland enjoyed traveling, going on road trips, and visiting Kevin wherever he was stationed. Roland loved his dogs, especially Bandit, and grand dogs. He had a passion for playing the daily number and cashing in his scratch tickets at Phred’s Drugs on Oaklawn Avenue. He was a US Army veteran and a dedicated member within the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

     Besides his wife Constance, he is survived by his loving children, Roman Manchester of PA, Kimberly Massaroco (John) of East Providence, his stepchildren, Judith Boyle (Thomas) of Cranston, George Bowen III of East Greenwich. He was the cherished grandfather “Poppie” of Kevin Grant Jr. (Katie), Lauren Savage (Robert Sr.), Ava Boyle, George Bowen IV, and Kylie Bowen. Roland was also the adored great grandfather of Finnegan and Waylon James Grant, and Robert “RJ” Savage Jr. He was the brother of the late Sanford Manchester Jr.

     Rest in peace our brother. 

Sergeant Ronald M. Guilmette – Cranston Police

Obituary of Ronald Michael Guilmette

     Retired Sergeant Ronald Michael Guilmette, “Ron”, passed away on January 29, 2022, at his home in Sarasota, Florida, as his wife of 10 years, Cham Ngoc Guilmette, held his hand.  

     Ron is survived by his children, Kenneth Guilmette, Sr., Linda Guilmette Molloy, David Guilmette, Robert Guilmette, Anthony Guilmette, Michael Guilmette, and Nicholas Guilmette; his stepchildren, Daniel Valentino, Brenda Long, Julie Frizell, and Cathy Fetgatter; 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; his siblings, William Guilmette, Elaine Hoell, Kenneth Guilmette, Bernadette Altieri, Maureen Carvolo, and Joseph Guilmette; and his former wives, Ginny Cunningham and Sheila Guilmette. Ron was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Guilmette, Jr.; his grandson, Ronald Guilmette, III; and his son-in-law, Christopher Fetgatter.

    Born on December 8, 1941, in Providence, Rhode Island, Ron was the son of the late William Henry Guilmette and the late Antonette Lolio Guilmette. Ron joined the Marine Corps at the early age of seventeen and served two tours in Vietnam (1963 and 1965) with the highly decorated 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. Their nickname was “the Magnificent Bastards” and their motto was “Second to None.” Ron served in Hotel (H Company) and retired with the rank of 1st Sergeant. After the Marine Corps, Ron joined the Army and served for another 10 years. Ron received numerous awards and medals for his distinguished military service.

     Following his military career, Ron embarked on a second profession in law enforcement when he joined the Cranston, Rhode Island, Police Department on July 1, 1969.  Over the course of his diverse police career, Ron was a member of several specialized units, including the motorcycle and underwater recovery team. He was the recipient of several departmental commendations for outstanding performance and letters of appreciation from the community. Ron served on the department for 24 years and retired as a Sergeant.

     After retiring from law enforcement, Ron continued learning and working and even became a flight instructor. Ron was also a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club and was appointed as the chapter’s Safety Officer. After fully retiring, Ron moved to Sarasota, met and married the love-of-his-life, Cham, who joined him in Sarasota where they established and enjoyed their “dream home.”

     Following a lifetime of public service, what Ron most enjoyed was playing golf, having a cigar, riding his motorcycle, playing the violin, and above anything else, spending time with “my Cham.”

     Ron was adored by his family and cherished by his friends, who lovingly referred to him as “Gunny.” 

     Rest in peace our brother. 

Sgt. Ron Guilmette

 

Detective Philip F. Caliri – Cranston Police

Det. Philip F. Caliri

     Retired Detective Investigator Philip F. Caliri, “Officer Friendly”, passed away on May 31, 2022, at the age of 85. 

     Phil’s father, Antonio, immigrated from Sicily by himself at 16 years of age to build a better life in America. Antonio went on to become a talented mason working on projects ranging from fashioning  the ceilings high atop scaffolding in a New York City skyscraper to sculpting the crown molding in Phil’s childhood home in Silver Lake. Phil’s mother, Mafalda, was a dark-haired homemaker who drank her coffee black and watched Lawrence Welk on Friday nights. Like his mother, Phil sipped his brandy, neat. Unlike her, he liked his in a snifter while listening to Oscar Peterson records. 

     In Phil’s generation, many people worked for their entire lives at a single job and upon retirement, received a gold watch. Phil actually did receive a gold watch upon retirement, but due to his diverse interests and many talents, his career was nothing like the norm– it was one of a Renaissance man. In the late 1950s, Phil became a Cranston Police Officer to serve his community. He was instrumental in creating and mentoring officers for what was a precursor to a modern Special Victims Unit. Phil worked on extremely difficult cases to protect the most vulnerable people of society at a time when there were few templates to follow for this type of work. A bridge was needed to educate youth on self protection and the role of law in their lives and thus Phil became the founding Officer of the Youth Liaison Program in the City of Cranston, traveling to speak at schools as “Officer Friendly.” Phil’s caring and soft spoken nature made the Officer Friendly role an icon for thousands of children in Cranston who remember his talks even to this day. 

     Phil pursued many other endeavors with confidence and determination. He was a natural at the microphone. Phil was a newscaster on WLKW late night radio, a lectern at St. Bartholomew’s Church, and for over 40 years, he announced parties’ dinner reservations as a maitre d’ at Twin Oaks restaurant. When he retired from Twin Oaks, they gave him a gold watch, which he added to his collection. He also collected fine suits and ties, and once modeled handsome menswear for Seventh Avenue. 

     In his personal life, Phil bench pressed hundreds of pounds at the gym, rode a motorcycle down old country roads and once drove a Lamborghini. On his birthday he enjoyed “zuppa inglese,” an Italian rum cake with fresh whipped cream, but still made room for wine biscuits, like his mother’s, and probably a sfogliatella, or two. He was an only child, a music lover, and a student of human nature who loved the smell of gardenias. Phil will be greatly missed. 

     Phil leaves his wife, Carole Caliri, three daughters and their spouses, Sherry Ferdinandi and her husband Steven Ferdinandi, Ingrid Caliri-Juchnik her husband Steve Juchnik, and Kim Cavalloro and her husband Michael Cavalloro, four step children, Deborah Round and her husband Daniel Round, Kimberly Johnson, Eric Johnson, and Richard Johnson, his former wife, Ingeborg Caliri, eight grandchildren, three step grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many loving friends.

     Rest in peace our brother.  

Detective Captain John F. Smith, Jr. – Cranston Police

Det. Captain John F. Smith, Jr.

    DET. CAPTAIN  JOHN F. SMITH JR. RET. 83, died peacefully May 21, 2022. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John F. and Mary (Williams) Smith. John was a retired captain of the Cranston Police Department where he served for 33 years. He was also lieutenant of the detective division for 12 years, the juvenile division for 4 years, the combined operations unit and the honor guard. He received a medal of valor during his time working as a police detective. He also served a short time in the Marine Corps., and 4 years in the Marine Reserves. He is survived by his wife Deborah DeCiccio Smith to whom he was married for 38 years. He leaves 3 children, John of West Warwick, Neil and Donna Lynn both of Sarasota Florida. He also leaves his grandchildren Kerri, Sarah, Jon, to whom he was very proud and great grandchildren Daniel, Gianna, Kenneth, Annabelle, Julianna, and Emma. John was a very active member of his community and was very proud of his Irish heritage.  He was past president of the RI Police Officers Emerald Society, a member of The RI Fraud Investigators Association, the RI Commissioned Police Officers Association, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Warwick Division 1, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Sons of Irish Kings, and the Pawtuxet Athletic Club of Cranston. We will always remember John for his funny stories, quick wit, and sense of humor. 

     Burial will take place in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston.

     Rest in peace our brother. 

John Smith on left.
Jay Fitzgerald on right.

Capt. John F. Smith, Jr.
1994