John Kenyon – Cranston Police

Town Sergeant John Kenyon

     John Kenyon was first appointed as a police constable in 1871, and was elected Town Sergeant in 1873, which made him “chief” of the police constables. He served as Town Sergeant until 1880, and then continued to serve as a constable for another year.  

     He was born in 1832, and passed away in 1912.  He’s buried in Pocassett Cemetery in Cranston.   

 

William J. Hines, Jr. – Cranston Police

Ptl. William J. Hines, Jr.
Appointed in 1935

     No further information is known at this time. 

 

Terrence J. McKaig – Cranston Police

Ptl. Terrence J. McKaig
Appointed in 1936

     
     Ptl. Terrance J. McKaig was born in Providence in 1908, the son of William and Bridget (Greenan) McKaig.  He was appointed to the Cranston Police Department in 1936.  In 1941, when the United States entered WWII,  he organized and trained 200 auxiliary police officers to assist the regular force with increased home front security duties.  He left the department in 1946 and later became a special agent with the FBI.  In 1953 he left the FBI to take the position of chief of police in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  He served as chief until retirement in 1968. 
     He passed away on September 11, 2003, at the age of 94, and is buried in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown.         
     
 

Major Robert W. Ryan – Cranston Police

Major Robert W. Ryan

Robert W. “Bob, Doc, Bo-Ry” Ryan

October 5, 1962 ~ October 7, 2021 (age 59)

Obituary

Robert W. Ryan, Cranston Police Department, Retired Major/Deputy Chief of Police, 59, of Cranston, Rhode Island, passed away October 7, 2021, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long and courageous fight with cancer.

 He was the son of the late Richard (Dick) Ryan, retired Cranston Fire Department, and Jane (Harry) Ryan. He is survived by his loving wife, Marianne McMahon, and his devoted daughter Lauren Nicole Ryan of Brooklyn, NY. Bob is also survived by his two brothers, Rick (Sharon) Ryan of Warwick and Rodney (Robyn) Ryan of Cranston, his nephew Richard Joseph (RJ) of Warwick, and his stepsons, Michael J. McMahon (Pawtucket Fire Department, wife Tina), and Matthew McMahon (Pawtucket Fire Department). He was the loving PopPop to Gianna McMahon and Joseph Testa.

At a young age, under the watchful eye of his Dad, Bob learned the electrical trade and continued to “make connections” for many friends and family members until the time of his death. Bob was a graduate of Providence College, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University. On July 8, 1988, Bob was sworn into the Cranston Police Department as a patrolman.  A rough and tough street cop whose beat was the Arlington section of Cranston, he was known to be fair and dedicated to the profession. Over his twenty-six years of service, he was promoted through the ranks, attending many seminars and receiving commendations and awards. In May of 2014, Bob retired as Major/Deputy Chief of Police and Public Information Officer of the department.

His writing ability and vocabulary were second to none (you’re right, he didn’t write this obituary). His wife always said, “Bob is the most intelligent man I know”. One of his favorite pastimes was catching a game of Jeopardy with his daughter Lauren by his side. Marianne always excused herself because she was no competition for those two brainiacs.

He LOVED sports and enjoyed watching whatever sporting event he could find. Sundays in the Ryan household were always known as “a Sports Extravaganza”: sports all day with ice cold Coors and Bob’s famous calzone. He loved playing sports and never backed down from a competition, whether it was on the ball field or in the backyard playing cornhole and can jam.

His humor was quick and dry. Bob always had a story or two and was able to keep the laughter going, even in his final days. He will be greatly missed and will always be remembered as a courageous fighter. As his father would say, “you have a lot of ass Robert Wayne”.

Bob and his family would like to thank his primary care physician, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the staff of Dana Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for their excellent care. They extend a very special thank you to Dr. Glenn Hanna, Asst. Director of Dana Farber Head and Neck Oncology, PA Ronnie King, and Bob’s very special angel, Nurse Michelle Mullins. Their love, compassion, and dedication to their professions encouraged Bob to always have hope.

Bob is buried in St. Ann’s cemetery. 

Rest peacefully Bob, you won all the battles!