Officer Walter L. Thurber – Cranston Police

     Officer Walter L. Thurber passed away May 25, 2021.  He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 26, 1929 to the late Joseph and Alice Thurber. He was the last surviving sibling of four sisters and a twin brother. Having served in the Korean War and deployed in Germany, Walter was a proud Army Veteran. After his service in the military, Walter pursued a career as an officer for the Cranston Police Department.  He was appointed a patrolman on August 2, 1954, and retired in 1984  after 30 years of service.  Afterwards he became a security guard for G-Tech INC. before retiring for the final time at the age of 70. During his time as a patrolman and working the Edgewood area, Walter met his lovely wife, Elise. She was a nurse at Cranston General Hospital at the time. They wed on November 8, 1959 and began their family only a couple of years later. Walter and Elise welcomed their first child, Paul in 1961 and three years later welcomed their second child, Monique in 1964. During this time, they purchased their lifelong home in Cranston where the couple raised their children and later spent time with their grandchildren. Walter had four grandchildren, Bryan Houle, Justin Thurber, Andrew Thurber, and Madison Houle, who absolutely adored him. Walter leaves behind his wife Elise, his 2 children, son in-law Robert, and four grandchildren, as well as three nephews and two nieces. 

     Walter is buried at the R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.  Rest in peace our brother. 

Detective David A Palazzolo – Cranston Police

   

Detective David A. Palazzolo

     Detective David A. Palazzolo, 71, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021, in Lakeland, FL.  He was the beloved husband of Kathleen Palazzolo.  Born in Providence, R.I., he was a son of the late Amadeo and Angelina (Annaldo) Palazzolo.  He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. 

     David served the citizens of Cranston for 23 years before retiring in 1995. 

     In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his children, David, Tracy, and Heather, his three grandchildren; his sisters: Susan Tangaro of Rehoboth, MA., and Shirley Short of Moultonborough, N.H., and numerous nieces and nephews including Lori, his shining star, heart, and confidant.
     He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace our brother. 

Officer Bertil H. Jentzel – Cranston Police

     Officer Bertil H. Jentzel was appointed to the Cranston Police Department as a special officer in October of 1925, and appointed to the regular force on March 20, 1926.  In 1929 he was assigned as a motorcycle officer to patrol the Arlington and Oaklawn areas of the city.  He resigned from the department in August of 1929 to take another job in Toronto, Canada.  On his last night on duty his co-workers presented him with a watch and wished him good luck.  

Officer Wilfred Gagnon, Jr. – Cranston Police

     Officer Wilfred Gagnon, Jr. was appointed to the CPD in September of 1952. Photo taken 1954.  No further information at this time. 

Officer Walter P. Friend – Cranston Police

Photo taken 1954.  No further information at this time. 

Officer James J. Fox – Cranston Police

Photo taken 1954.  No further information. 

Officer Robert J. Flynn – Cranston Police

Photo from 1954.  No further info. 

Officer Thomas M. Corse – Cranston Police

     Appointed in September of 1952.

Officer Joseph E. Balkun – Cranston Police

     Photo taken in 1954.  No further information at this time. 

Officer James L. Bergin, Jr. – Cranston Police

   

     Officer James Leo Bergin, Jr., was born December 27, 1927.  He served in the Pacific Theatre with the U. S. Marine Corps during  World War II.  He was appointed to the Cranston Police in July of 1950.  He passed away on September 1, 1966 and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.