In Memoriam

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Remembering Our Departed Officers Of The C.P.D.

Cranston Police Officers Memorial

Cranston Police Officers Memorial
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Detective Joseph Pelosi

 Detective Joseph J. Pelosi, 80, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at home. He was the beloved husband of Davida (Pezzuco) Pelosi. Born in Warwick, he was a son of the late Antonio and Cecilia (Legrante) Pelosi. Mr. Pelosi was a patrolman/detective for the Cranston Police Department. He also served in the US Navy. Joseph was the loving father of Joseph R., David A., Stephen M., Matthew P. Pelosi and Michele A. Pelosi; step father of Peter J. Pauley; grandfather of Brittney, Alexandria, Joseph, David, Jared, Brandon, Antonio and Katrina; great grandfather of five; uncle of Angelina Pezzuco. He was the brother of the late John Pelosi.

 Rest in peace our brother. 

 

Major George Carello

     Major George Carello passed away on November 8, 2020, surrounded by his family.  A lifelong resident of Cranston, he attended local schools and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Bryant College.

     George was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and Korean War veteran, having served from 1951 to 1954.  Upon his discharge from the service he returned to Cranston and joined the police department.  There he rose through the ranks and became the first Major of the C. P. D.   Major Carello retired from the police department after 30 years of service.    

     Major Carello was also involved in the Marne Corps League supporting current troops and mentoring young Marines.

     Rest in Peace our brother. 

 

 

Sgt. Anthony Massimino
Badge 152

 

Sgt. Anthony Massimino, 81, of Foster, previously of Cranston , passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was the beloved husband of Carole (Kishdoian) Massimino for the past 61 years.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Italo and Olympia (Carcieri) Massimino.  Anthony was a Cranston Police Officer for 29 years retiring as Sergeant in 1996. He was also United States Air Force Reserve Veteran.   Besides his beloved wife he is survived by his loving son Anthony J. Massimino II and his wife Tina of Cranston, his dear sisters Ann Marie Massimino of Providence, Claire and her husband Richard  Parsons of Cranston, and Lucille Massimino of Scituate, and son-in-law Michael Sepe of Hope. He was the grandfather of Lauren Massimino and Anthony Meo, and uncle of Regina Spirito of Cranston.  He was also the loving father of the late Michael Massimino and  Nancy Sepe.  
Rest in peace our brother. 

 
Off. Chris D'Ambrosio

Detective
Christopher D’Ambrosio

Detective Christopher D’Ambrosio passed away peacefully on May 1, 2020.  He was the husband of Myrna (Rodyn) D’Ambrosio for 26 years.   He was a son of the late Christino and Helen (Caron) D’Ambrosio.   Besides his wife he leaves his two sons, Christopher R. D’Ambrosio, Jr., and Thomas M. D’Ambrosio, two step children, Michael D. Indell, and Lori B. (Indell) McCreavy, his two brothers Kenneth and Steven, and five grandchildren.   

Chris joined the CPD in 1966 and retired as a detective in 1988.  During his career he’d worked on the Attorney Genneral’s Special Task Force on White Collar Crime.  After leaving the department he began a new career as a teacher at North Kingstown High School where he taught American and World Literature, English Composition, and Drama and Film.  He also taught Criminal Justice, and English at Rhode Island College and CCRI,  and worked part-time for the Guidance Department at LaSalle  counseling students with emotional and drug related problems.   He also lectured in undergraduate classes and professional seminars on Criminal Justice.  During both of his careers, he wrote several human interest articles and opinion pieces which appeared in the Providence Journal.   Rest in peace our brother. 

 

 

 
Off. Bob Nunes

Detective Robert Nunes

Detective Robert J. Nunes, 88, passed away on April 15, 2020 at a nursing home in Providence.  He was the beloved husband of Rose (Cortez) Nunes for 62 years. Born in Providence, Robert was a son of the late Joseph and Rita (Bradford) Nunes. Mr. Nunes, a graduate of Bryant College, served with the Cranston Police Department for 30 years and was a veteran of the Korean War. He proudly served on the board of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. Upon retirement, Robert and Rose retired to Florida to enjoy the weather, the golf course, and hosting family visits. Robert stayed active as a City Councilman there for many years.

Besides his wife, he’s survived by his daughters, Kathleen A. Falaguerra (David) of Warwick, and Jean R. Overby (Miguel) of Providence.  Robert was the cherished grandfather of Dianne Carilli (Carl) and Christine, Steven, and Andrew Falaguerra. He was the great grandfather of Olivia, Caroline, and Gabriella Carilli. 

Robert was one of eight siblings (Josephine Sullivan, Dorothy Domina, Rita Mattera, Thomas Nunes, Rosemary Crooks, Edward Nunes) and he is survived by his sister Shirley Coleman of Inverness, Florida. 

He is buried in the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI.  Rest in Peace our brother.

 

Sgt. James Cooke

Sergeant James S. Cooke passed away peacefully on April 3, 2020 at the age of 81.  He was the beloved son of late James C. and Yvonne A. (Dauphinais) Cooke and loving brother of the late Jean Riley and Patricia Lenardson.

He attended Mount Pleasant High School and proudly served as a member of the United States Navy and as a Sergeant in the Cranston Police Department. James shared an over 40-year marriage with the late Margaret A. Cooke whom he had four beautiful children with. He was the proud father of children Jay Cooke, Tracey Cooke Palmer, Lisa Cooke Linehan, James Cooke, and their respective spouses Beth Cooke, James Palmer, Robert Linehan, and Shannon Cooke.

An avid golfer, sports fan and beach lover, James spent the last 14 years of his life living in Lakeland, Florida where he shared meaningful companionships with the late Dorothy Yabroudy, and Genevieve Harris. In addition to his children, he is survived by eight grandchildren; Matthew, Danielle, Jace, Samantha, Jackson, Tyler, Lucas, and Easton.  Rest in peace our brother.  

 

Det. Steve Agresti

Detective Steve Agresti, 71 passed away on December 9, 2019.   He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to Camille and Augustine Agresti.  He is survived by his wife  of 33 years Wanda (Phillips) Agresti, as well as his daughters, grand children, and great-grandchildren.  Steve served with the  Military Police in the R. I. National Guard.  He joined the department in 1972, and during his tenure served with the patrol division, B.C.I. division, and prosecution division before retiring to Florida in 1990.      

Rest in peace our brother. 

 
Detective Robert G. Baccari

Detective Robert G. Baccari

Detective Robert G. Baccari, age 70, of Cranston, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at RI Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Mary Katherine (Esposito) Baccari. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Ido and Joann (Brigida) Baccari.

Robert was a police officer for the Cranston Police Department for 24 years before retiring as a Detective in the Special Investigations Unit. He served as a board member for the Cranston Police Retiree’s Association, as well as a member of the Santa Maria Di Prata Society and St. Mary’s Feast Society. He enjoyed being with his family and golfing.

Besides his wife Kathy, he is survived by his loving son Erik R. Baccari and his wife Loriann of Cranston; cherished granddaughter Olivia Ann Baccari; and dear brother John Baccarie of Sterling, CT.  Rest in peace our brother. 

   

Det. William J. Palmer
Badge 324

Detective William J. Palmer passed away on February 25, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (DeBalsi) Palmer, and father to three children, Bill, Jr., and twins Jenna and Joseph.  Bill served the city of Cranston for 28 years, working in the patrol division and later as a detective in the department’s C.S.I. Division for 17 years.  Bill was also an instructor at the New England Institute of Technology where he taught forensics in the criminal justice program.   Rest in peace our brother.  
   

Leonard “Lenny” D’Errico
Badge 155

December 24, 2018 – Retired officer Leonard “Lenny” D’Errico, 72, passed away at Kent County Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Providence, he was the son of Edward J. and Jennie (Calitri) D’Errico.  He was the husband of the late Dianne L. (Lombardo) D’Errico.  After retiring from the police department, Lenny worked for the Cranston Public School’s Athletic Department.  He is survived by his daughter Dawn Piechocki and her husband John, of Warwick, and his son Derik D’Errico and his wife Jill of Harrisville.  Rest in Peace our brother.     
   

Off. Cheryl Zola, #275

 

Retired CPD officer Cheryl J. Zola, (Badge 275), passed away on February 4, 2018, at the age of 61.  Cheryl was the department’s second female officer.  During her career she served with the Patrol Division, and was one of the original four members of the Cranston Community Police unit.  She is survived by her parents, two sons, four grandchildren, and four siblings. 

Rest in peace our sister.    

 
 
 

Ptl. Russell B. Gross

 June 20, 2017 – Patrolman Russell B. Gross, Sr., was born in 1922, and lived most of his life in Cranston.  He was the devoted husband of Barbara H. (Farrow) Gross for 69 years.  He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, and a Communicant of St. David’s on the Hill Episcopal Church in Cranston.  Russell was appointed to the police department on April 30, 1951.  He passed away on June 20, 2017, and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, R. I.     

     Rest in peace our brother.

 
 

Detective Frank R. Zito

May 15, 2017 –  It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Detective Frank R. Zito, 70, of Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Frank served 29 years with the department before retiring in in 1996, many of those years in the Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit within the Detective Division.  He is survived by his wife Phyllis, and his two sons, John and Ronald.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston. 

Rest in peace our brother. 

 
 

Detective Nicholas Gualtieri

February 16, 2017 – It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Detective Nicholas A. Gualtieri on February 14, 2017 at the Kent Regency in Warwick.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Angelina (Rattenni) Gualtieri.  He is survived by his three daughters, Diane Gualtieri, Carol Gualtieri and Maureen Mitchell, all of Warwick and his former wife Dolores (Cedrone) Gibbs.  Nicholas was a veteran, and served as an Airman in the Korean War.  Rest in Peace our Brother.
 
 

Francis J. Caniglia
Appointed Feb. 26, 1951

February 11, 2017 – It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Lt. Francis J. Caniglia on February 9, 2017 at the Riverview Healthcare Community in Coventry.  He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth “Pearl” (Holt) Caniglia.  Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Raymond J. and Inez (Lorenzo) Caniglia.  After his retirement from the department, Lieutenant Caniglia continued his loved for boating and camping.  He is survived by his daighter Sandra Gillissie and grandchildren Robert, Michael and Timothy Gillisie.  Rest in Peace our Brother.
   

Chief Anthony Moretti

November 30, 2016 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Chief Anthony Moretti on November 28, 2016.  He was the beloved husband of Teresa “Terry” (Colaiacomo) for the past 65 years.  Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Anthony Moretti and Mary (Fascia) Palmer and step-son of the late Forrest Palmer.  Chief Moretti was a lifelong Cranston residence and honorably served the city as a police officer for 34 years and Chief of Police from 1976 until his retirement in 1983.  He was then appointed Chief of Child Investigations for DCYF for seven years.  Chief Moretti was a valedictorian of his graduating class at Salve Regina University and also a graduate from the FBI National Academy.  During his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with friends at his son’s business and his loving family.  Besides his wife, he was the devoted father of Susan R. Buontempo and her husband John, Steven A. and Anthony Moretti; loving grandfather of Christopher Buontempo, Gina Todesca and her husband Paul, Gianna DelCioppio and her husband Joseph and Steven Moretti Jr.; loving great-grandfather of Paul Todesca III and Gia Todesca and ear brother of Ann Verducco.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.

 
 

Det. Nicholas Ferranti, Jr.
Appointed Oct. 26, 1959

June 20, 2016 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Nicholas Ferranti Jr. on June 18, 2016.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Nicholas Ferranti Sr. and Theresa (DeFusco) Ferranti.  He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Marie (Eremita) Ferranti and loving father of Michael and his wife Kathleen of Cranston and the late Nicholas Ferranti III.  Nick retired as a Detective within the department and also served on the Cranston School Committee and as a Councilman at Large in Cranston for ten years.  He previously served in the RI Air National Guard, and also held the position of Racing and Athletic Commissioner with the State of RI.  He had also served as President of the Cranston Chamber of Commerce, where he was the first police officer in the nation to be president of a chamber of commerce.  As a business man, Nick worked for more than 40 years in the promotional produtcs industry, establishing Coast to Coast Promotional Products of Smithfield, RI.  Detective Ferranti was also a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
 
 
Sgt. Joe Cicione

Lt. Joseph Cicione

 

 

June 3, 2016 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lt. Joseph J. Cicione Jr. on May 30, 2016.  Born in Cranston, Joe was the beloved husband of Virginia M. (Annotti) Cicione and the son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Bertha (Bonhomme) Cicione.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Joe joined the Cranston Police Department where he proudly served the citizens of Cranston  for twenty years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant.  Never an individual to be idle, Lt. Cicione was very active in the St. Mary’s Church and school, and served as President of the Knightsville Seniors Club and the Cranston Police Department Retiree Association.  He was also a strong supporter and active member in Local 301, Internal Brotherhood of Police Officers and donated his time to many community organizations.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving children, Bernadette Cicione, Maryellen Cicione, Joseph Cicione III and his wife Kerri and his cherished grandson Joseph “JJ” Cicione IV.  He was the brother of the late Louise Boezi and William Cicione.  Joe, we as an association of retired Cranston Police Officers can never thank you enough for all you have done for us and the department.   Although gone from this life, you will never be forgotten.         We will miss you at our monthly X-Cop’s Breakfast – Rest in Peace Our brother.
 
 

Det. Eugene Hackett

December 23, 2015 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Eugene F. Hackett on December 21, 2015 while surrounded by his family, including his loving and devoted wife Nancy Hsckett who care for him during his long illness.  Gene was the son of the late Eugene and Mary (Moan) Hackett.  He graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School and Bryant College and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  After proudly serving more than 30 years on the department, Gene went on to work for the CCRI Campus Police for another 13 years.  He also served as President of the Police Officers Emerald Society and was a member of the West Warwick Elks and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  He is survived by by children Karen Bennett, Christine Hackett Dietzel, Kathleen Young, William O’Donnell and Jill O’Donnell as well as his beloved friend Michelle McDoanld and his seven beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
   

Det. Salvatore L. DeCesare

 December 15, 2015 –  It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Salvatore L. DeCesare on December 11, 2015.  Salvatore was born in Cranston to the late Salvatore F. and Julianna (Tokaz) DeCesare December 13, 1932.  He was a member of the 7th Cavalary during the Korean War in Hokkaido, Japan where he held the rank of Corporal.  In 1961 he joined the department and eventually became a Detective where he received training in polytesting narcotics screening, explosives, and drug enforement training.  Salvatore also received an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Bryant College and numerous letters of accommodation prior to his retirement on  December 13, 1990.  Besides his beloved wife Helen (Grossi) DCesare of 59 years, he is survived by his loving daughters, Robyn Procaccini and her husband Charles and Kelly A. Albright; granddaughters Julianna and Maria Procaccini.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
   
 

Ptl. Franklin L. Knowles

March 19, 2015 –  It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Officer Franklin L. “Leo” Knowles on March 17, 2015 at South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, West Kingstown.  He was the beloved husband of sixty-eight years to Phyllis (Palumbo) Knowles.  Leo was born in Teachey, North Carolina to the late John and Myra (Benton) Knowles and was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II.  In 1954 he joined the department and retired after proudly serving twenty years in 1974.  Besides his wife Phyllis, he is survived by his loving daughter Elaine Weygand and her husband Charles.  Leo was also the father of the late John W. Knowles, and was the father-in-law of Carla Knowles.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
   
February 2, 2015 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Officer Herbert C. Mitchell Jr. on January 30, 2015. Mitch was born on September 19, 1928 in New Shoreham, Rhode Island and moved to North Carolina after retiring from the department. Condolences may be sent to his wife June at junemitchell09@hotmail.com.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
   
Lt. Edward Ryan

Captain Edward J. Ryan

October 3, 2014 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Captain Edward J. Ryan on September 30, 2014. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth A. (McCarthy) Ryan. Born in Providence, a son of the late John F. Ryan (former Chief, East Greenwich Police Depart.), and Florence (Valentine) Ryan, he was a life-long Cranston resident and a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. Ed joined the force in 1951 and retired in 1984 after proudly serving 33 years on the department while retiring with the rank of Captain. From 1984 – 1994 he was employed as Child Protective Investigator for the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families. Capt was also a member of the IBPO, the Commissioned Police Officers of RI, the Cranston Police Department Retiree Association, and the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees. Captain Ryan is survied by his son, Kevin M. Ryan Esq. and his wife Colleen; a granddaughter, Maureen Q. Ryan; and a brother, John F. Ryan.  We’ll miss you at our breakfasts – Rest in Peace.
 
 

Ptl. Anthony Carello
Appointed Oct. 26, 1959

March 23, 2014 – It is with deep sadness that we announce that Officer Anthony Carello of West Warwick, RI passed away peacefully on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the West View Nursing Home.  Anthony was born in Providence and was the son of the late Rosario and Marianina (Tortalani Carello.  Anthony is survived by his son Andrew “Antionio” Carello of Las Vegas, NV.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Sgt. William F. Loux
Appointed Apr. 28, 1958

February 18, 2014 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sgt. William F. Loux Sr. on February 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of of the late Virginia (Palmieri) Loux.Born in Providence he was the son of the late George E. Sr. and Margaret H. (Pierce) Loux. Bill began his career with the Cranston Police Department in 1958 and retired in 1979 with the rank of Sergeant. During his two decades with the department, he was responsible for initiating CPD’s first K-9 division and firing range., which his dedicated in his name. Sgt. Loux also served in the RI Civil Air Patrol, USAF – where Bill was a Korean War Veteran and was honorably discharged after receiving the rank of Sergeant, the RI Air National Guard, and the US Coast Guard. He is also a graduate of Salve Regina College where he obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.  Sgt. Loux is survived by his two daughters Karen Casale and her husband Stephen, Susan Criscione and her husband Michael, and a son William F. Loux Jr.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Sgt. Bill Grady

February 20, 2013 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Sgt. William F. Grady on February 17, 2013.  He was the beloved husband and best friend of the late Christine M. (Warburton) Grady.Born in Providence on October 25, 1949, Bill was the devoted and loving son of Mary (Campagnone) Grady of Warwick and the late Arthur J. Grady.  He was a graduate of Warwick Veterans High School and attend Bryant University and Roger Williams University, respectfully.  After graduating, he joined the Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War.  Upon honorable discharge, he gained employment with the City of Cranston as a police office, which became his true calling for the next twenty years.He retired from the Cranston Police Department with the rank of Sergeant in 1992 with a highly decorated career behind him and too many friends to count.  He then went on to a second career in the private sector, working as a Loss Prevention Manager with Bob’s Stores.  Finally retiring permanently in 2009 as a regional supervisor, he had shined as brightly there as he had with the CPD, making yet more lifelong friends.Besides his mother, Bill is survived by his only child, a daughter, Tracey E. Grady of West Warwick, whom he loved more than life.Bill was a kind, gentle and courageous man.  He loved his family and friends deeply and loyally, never looking for anything in return except perhaps a smile.  He will be deeply missed.
 
 

Ptl. Richard W. Cornell
Appointed April 30, 1951

Patrolman Richard W. Cornell, 85,  passed away in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on July 12, 2012.  Born in Cranston, Richard served in the U.S. Coast Guard – Merchant marine during World War II.  he served 23 years on the police department before retiring in 1973.  He is survived by his four children; Mark, Paul, Stephanie, and Kim.  Rest in Peace Brother.
 
 

Det. Sgt. Louis Corvese

June 20, 2012 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Sergeant Louis Corvese Jr. on June 19, 2012 at his home.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Luigi and Marion (DelSesto) Corvese and the husband to Ann (Santomauro)  Corvese.  Louis was a Cranston Police Officer for 30 years, retiring from the Detective Division as a Sergeant.  In 1970, he received the Department’s Heroic Medal of Bravery for his capture of an escaped career criminal.  He was also a member of the Cranston FOP and the Cranston Country Club.  Besides his beloved wife Ann, Sgt. Corvese is survied by his children Deborah Buono and her Husband Jeff, Louis Corvese III, Kenneth Corvese and Brian Corvese; his loving grandchildren Stephanie, Stephen, Keri, Brian, Alissa, Louis and Michael; and his two great-grandchildren.  Rest in Peace Our Brother.
   

Captain Ernest DelMonico

February 7, 2012 – It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Captain Ernest D. Delmonico, 86, who served 34 years on the Cranston Police Department.  Prior to the police department, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII.  He is survived by his wife Anna, and daughters Ann and Lisa, and his son Earnest, who is a retired lieutenant of the Cranston Fire Department.  Rest in peace our brother.  
 
 
 

Patrolman Bruce R. Andersen

     2010 or 2011

     Patrolman Bruce R. Andersen was appointed to the Cranston Police Department  on September 8, 1965.  For the first 14 years he was assigned to the patrol division and then worked 3 years as a traffic specialist before transferring to the prosecution division where he remained until his retirement.  At one point he also served as the department’s armorer and range officer. 

     Rest in peace. 

 
 

Major Edward Manocchia

May 11, 2010 – It is with profound sadness  that we announce the passing of Maj Edward R. Manocchia Sr. on May 8, 2010.Ed was sworn in as a patrolman on April 28, 1958; promoted to Sergeant on May 16, 1966, Promoted to Lieutenant on July 29, 1969; promoted to Captain on September 29, 1977; promoted to Major on August 1, and retired on September 1, 1987.  He was the husband of Jean (Gustafson) Manocchia.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children; Gail (Michael) Calvitto of Johnston, Donna (Gary) Pagel of Harrison, Maine, and Carol Smith and Edward R. (Lorna) Manocchia Jr., both of Cranston.  He also leave ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.Ed was a bright man earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College magna cum laude and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams also magna cum laude.In addition to being a co-founder of the Cranston Police Union I.B.P.O. #301, he also established a reputation as a skillful polygraph examiner.  During these interviews, “Edward the Confessor” would make the subjects feel so comfortable that they would be forthcoming with all sorts of details.Despite his gruff exterior Ed was a fun-loving man with a heart of gold.  In addition to being a masterful joke teller, Ed loved to play practical jokes, a passion he passed on to his children and grandchildren.  He lived his life by these personal beliefs: Always leave them laughing; and, most importantly to Ed, his “Rule #3” – Never take yourself too seriously.  He will be greatly missed.
   
Off. Frank Gill

Det. Sgt. Frank Gill

April 9, 2010 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Sgt. Frank Gill who passed away on April 7, 2010.Born on May 5, 1941 to the late Frank and Helen Gill of Hope, RI, Sgt. Gill proudly served the citizens of Cranston until his retirement from the Cranston Police Department in 1987.  Frank was a graduate of Bryant College, the University of Rhode Island, and Salve Regina University.Upon him and his wife Karyl moving to Sarasota, Florida, Sgt. Gill was able to spend more time on the golf course which was his passion in life.  Although playing golf was great, his love for law enforcement was even greater.  Eventually he joined the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department and worked there for 13 years before retiring with the rank of Deputy 1st class in January 2001.Besides his wife Karyl, he is survived by his son Frank Gill and step-daughters Wendy Fournier and Jody Costa.  Frank, you will be greatly missed by all of us.  Keep hitting those golfs ball straight.
 
 

Det. Bill Quinn

March 22, 2010 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Detective William F. Quinn, who passed away on March 21, 2010 at his home in Cranston.  Born in Providence on April 6, 1942, he was the son of the late Robert and Ellen (Mahoney) Quinn.  After serving in the U.S. Navy for two year, Bill was appointed to the Cranston Police Department in 1966.  During his dedicated career protecting the citizens of Cranston, he served in the Patrol, Traffic, and the Detective Divisions for over 30 years before retiring in 1996.  He also served with the U.S. Marshall Service in Providence, and most recent with the RI State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force for 11 years before retiring three years ago.  Besides his loving wife of over 44 years, Janice (Fitzgerald) Quinn, he is survived by his children David W., Brian J. and Suzy Quinn, a brother James Quinn and cousin David Barry.  He was also the grandfather of Devin William Quinn, who was the joy of his life.  Bill enjoyed golfing, hockey, and an occasional cold one.  None of us will ever forget his dry wit or dynamic smile which made our day.  Rest in Peace Our brother.
   

Chief Thomas M. Harrington

     November 7, 2009

     Chief of Police Thomas M. Harrington passed away on November 7, 2009 at the age of 74.  As a sergeant he served as the department’s first Prosecution Division supervisor, and as a lieutenant he volunteered in Cranston public schools speaking with students on the role of the police in the criminal justice system.  As a captain he spearheaded a program to institute a new computer report-dictation system that allowed officers to call in reports from the road.  This system was the first of its kind in Rhode Island.  Chief Harrington served the citizens of Cranston for 30 years before retiring in 1986.  He then went on to serve as administrator of the Department of Motor Vehicles for 15 years before retiring again in 2000. 

     Rest in peace.  

   

September 18, 2009 – We regret to announce the passing of Sergeant John W. O’Brien, 83, of Warwick.  John was a WWII navy veteran, and was appointed to the department on September 1, 1950.  He is survived by his four children, John, Daniel, Diane, and Patricia, as well as ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Rest in peace our brother.   
 
 

Officer Rick Norberg

August 22, 2009 – It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Officer Richard (Rick) W. Norberg.  He was born in Providence, Oct. 8, 1946, the son of E. Theodore and Shirley (Doane) Norberg.  He was a 1980 graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, with a BA in Criminal Justice.  After his retirement in 1987 he worked for Pepsi Cola for fifteen years before passing. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, and his three sons, Richard, Ryan, and Mathew.  Rest in Peace our brother.     
 
 

Det. William T. White

July 2, 2009 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective William T. White, Jr., 78, who passed away in Miriam Hospital.   He was born in Providence on June 6, 1931, and was hired by the police department on March 3, 1954.  After serving for 30 years, he retired on Sept. 3, 1982, and went to work for the R. I. Family Court system as Supervisor of Clerks. He was a 1974 graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport.  Rest in peace our brother. 
 
 

Chief George J. Coffey

February 28, 2009 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Chief George J. Coffey of Norwood Ave., Cranston who passed away with his family at his side.  Chief Coffey was a graduate of Cranston High School and appointed as a Cranston Police Constable on January 1, 1943.  The following year, officer Coffey was appointed as a permanent officer and his first assignment was walking a beat in the Edgewood area.  He was then moved to the Motorcycle Squard in 1949, then up the ladder to Detective, Sergeant,  Lieutenant, Captain and appointed Chief of Police in 1968.  Upon his retirement in 1977 after 34 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Cranston, Chief Coffey joined the RI Capital Police in 1982 and retired on August 31, 2001.Also active in the community, Chief Coffey was a former Vice-President of the New England Chiefs of Police, a member of the Cranston Fraternal Order of Police, the Cranston Police Department’s Retiree Association, Cranston Rotary, Knights of Columbus, St. Paul’s Council No.2385 and was a communicant at St. Paul’s Church since Boyhood.Born in Providence to the late James J. and Sarah (Slavin) Coffey, he is survived by his loving wife  Sophie (Mojkowski) of 58 years and his children Dennis, Judy, Brian, Kevin, and Deborah.  Rest in peace Chief.  You will never be forgotten.
 
 

Detective Daniel Cipalone

November 30, 2008 – It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Detective Daniel P. Cipalone, 85.  Born in Johnston, R.I. in 1926, he was the son of Giovanni and Beatrice (Coia) Cipalone.  Dan served in the navy during WWII.  He was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on August 2, 1954, and served for 30 years before retiring on September 21, 1984.  Dan also served as a Federal Marshal, and as the Treasurer of the Cranston Police Retirees Association.  His son Glen is also a Cranston police officer.   Rest in peace our brother.  
 
 

Detective Paul Rousseau

November 29, 2008 – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Detective Paul L. Rousseau, Jr., 44, of Cape Coral, Florida.  During his career Paul served in the Patrol Division, and the Traffic Division, where he rendered his expertise as an Accident Reconstructionist.  He later served in the Detective Division. He was born in Providence, the son of Paul L. Rousseau, Sr., and Judy M. (Studley) Rousseau.   He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.  Rest in peace our brother.  
 
 

Captain James H. Gibbs
Appointed Sept. 8, 1965

November 19, 2008 – We sadly announce the passing of Captain James H. Gibbs, 66, the son of former Cranston police chief J. Howard Gibbs.  He was appointed to the CPD in September of 1965, and promoted to sergeant in 1976, and to lieutenant in March of 1982.

After his retirement in 1987 he worked for the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and for the Department of Labor and Training.  He’s buried at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston.  Rest in peace our brother.  

 
 

Detective Gary Roy
Appointed Jan. 10, 1972

November 17, 2008 – It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Detective Gary Roy, 61, who passed away peacefully at his home in Sebastian, Florida. He was born in Providence, in 1947, to Wilfred and Ida Roy.  He is survived by his wife Laurie, his daughter, Michelle, and a grand-daughter.  Rest in peace our brother.    
 
 

Det. Joe Mignano

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.
 
 

Det. Enrcco Maccarone

June 12, 2008 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Det. Enrico C. Maccarone, Badge# 70, of Quail Hollow Rd, Cranston who passed away on Tuesday, June 10,2008 at RI Hospital in Providence, R.I.  He was born in Providence and the son of the late Gabriele and Mary (Machioni) Maccarone.Rico was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on October 2, 1967 and retired on July 29, 1994 where he held the position of Detective within the department.As the founding member, and President, of the Cranston Police Department Retirees Association, he was instrumental in taking an idea of assisting CPD retirees and making it a reality.  He was also a former Exhaulted Ruler with the Providence/Cranston Lodge of Elks#14.Besides his wife Barbara (Forrest), he is survived by his children Theresa Kaplan of Wariwck, Vincent Maccarone and Karen DiLorenzo both of Cranston; his grandchildren Christopher Kaplin, Stephani DiLorenzo, Valerie and Julianne Maccarone; and was the brother of the late Louis Maccarone.  305, you will be greatly missed by all CPD officers and retirees.
 
 

Lieut. Robert Carroll

January 17, 2008 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lt Robert J. Carroll, 65, of Clarion St., Cranston who passed away on Tuesday January 15, 2008 at R.I. Hospital, Providence.  He was the husband of Dolores DiMeo Duffy.He was born in Providence to the late Joseph and Mary (Maynard) Carroll.Hired by the Cranston Police Department on September 8, 1965 and retired on September 23, 1991 after 26 years, Bob was a past president and member of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers #301 and was very active in the Cranston Police Department Retiree Association (CPDRA) where he was instrumental in implementing its first official website.  He was also an avid outdoorsman, very active in Cranston community affairs and activities, and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.Bob was a 1960 graduate of Cranston High School East and Bryant College in 1973.Besides his wife, he is survived by his children; Diane Bertrand of Coventry, Kathleen Carroll of Warwick, Scott Carroll of Glocester, and Sonya Carroll of Cranston, his step-children; Matthew 3rd, Kevin, Michael, and Doreen Duffy, and the late Joseph A. Carroll II.  He was also the grandfather of Thomas and Rebecca Carroll, Nicole Bertrand, and step-grandfather to Liam, Aiden, Brenden, Ciara, and Mya Duffy.  We will miss him.
   

Detective Deus O. LeClair

Detective Deus O. LeClair, 75, of Bradenton, Fl. passed away on December 31, 2007. He is survived by his wife Barbara, a daughter Denise, and two sons, Richard and Charles.  Deus was hired by the Cranston Police Department on December 28, 1955, and retired on July 1, 1985.  Rest in peace our brother.
   

Detective Bartholemeo (Benny) DiSano

Detective Bartholemeo (Benny) DiSano, 79, passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on July 27, 2007.  He was born in Providence in 1928 to Raffaele and Teresina (Pitochelli) DiSano.  He was the husband of Mary (Prata) DiSano.  He was a WWII Army veteran having served in the Military Police.  He was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on December 3, 1956.  During his career he earned four citations for service beyond the call of duty.  He retired on October 5, 1978.  Rest in peace our brother.    
 
 
 

     June 21, 2007

     Patrolman Carmine DePetrillo was a Marne Corps veteran of the Korean War.  He served the citizens of Cranston for 27 years before retiring.    

 
 

Sgt. Edward J. Callery
Appointed Oct. 15, 1947

April 7, 2007 – Sgt. Edward Callery passed away on April 7, 2007 at the Cedar Crest Care Center. His funeral was private.Ed was born on April 15, 1926. He joined the Cranston Police Department on October 15, 1947 and retired February 27, 1973.Before taking ill, Ed was a regular at our Breakfast Meetings. We will miss him.
 
 
 

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March 11, 2007 – Patrolman Raymond E. Wilbur, Jr., (55), passed away on March 11, 2007.  He was born in Providence, the son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Fiore) Wilbur.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Church Holy Name Society, the Italo-American Club, an Eagle Scout, and supporter of the Cranston West High School baseball team. 

After retiring from the CPD he owned and operated the Taraco Precision Testing Corporation of Johnston.

He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Rest in peace our brother. 

 

 
 

Russell M. Trant
Appointed Oct. 20, 1941

June 2, 2005 – It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Patrolman Russell M. Trant. Russ who died on Friday June 2, 2005. Born in Cranston, a son of the late D. Mark and Rose W. (Jayes) Trant, he was a lifelong resident of Cranston.Russ was born on December 25, 1917. He joined the Cranston Police Department on October 20, 1941 and retired on October 20, 1966. His wife Eleanor M. passed away just one week after Russ.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Det. Joe Lombardi
Appointed Sept. 1, 1950

September 10, 2004 – It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Detective Joseph Lombardi. Joe passed away on August 31, 2004 at Rhode Island Hospital. He joined the Cranston Police Department on October 21, 1960 and retired on August 30, 1983.He leaves two sons, Joseph And Steven A. Lombardi both of Cranston. Four sisters, Phyllis Tutalo of Cranston, Julie Lanni and Viola Dickie, both of Providence, and Dorothy Rosa of Santa Clara, Calif. Two brothers, Alexander and Donald Lombardi both from Santa Clara, Calif. Five-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Sgt. Patrick McHugh

January 23, 2004 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sgt. Patrick (Pat) Francis McHugh on Sunday January 19, 2004 at the RI Veterans Hospital.Pat was born on May 24, 1919 and he joined the Cranston Police Department on October 15, 1947.  After serving 25 years on the department, he retired on October 15, 1972.He leaves his wife Gloria, a son Patrick F. McHugh Jr., and two daughters, Maureen H. McHugh and Laurie M. Mercier, all of Cranston, RI, a brother Daniel T. McHugh of Williamsburg, Va, a sister, Catherine Hampson of Cumberland and four grandchildren. Pat was a regular attendee at our CPDRA meetings and functions.  He will be greatly missed.
 
 

Officer Arthur Rotondo

November7, 2003 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Patrolman Arthur Rotondo.  Arthur passed away on November 4, 2003 while hospitalized in Venice, Florida.Arthur was born on December 22, 1934, and joined the Cranston Police Department on December 17, 1956.  He retired on January 6, 1979.  Arthur leaves a daughter, Rosemary Rotondo, also of Venice, Florida.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Ptl. George Holt

September 18, 2003 – CPDRA member George G. Holt died Thursday, September 18, 2003 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.George had just attended the CPDRA meeting on Wednesday night, September 17, and socialized with many of our members during the evening. It was a shock to learn that he had passed away at 6:00am the next morning.George joined the Cranston Police Department on December 5, 1953 and retired on May 30, 1973. He worked in the patrol division, as well as the detective division.He leaves his wife Eileen, a son William, and a daughter Judith A. Sullivan, as well as a sister Queenie Carr, a brother Alan and eight grand children.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Sgt. Harry Sunderland
Appointed Mar. 24, 1952

June 1, 2003 – CPDRA member Harry F. Sunderland, 78, of Phenix Avenue, Cranston, died on Sunday, June 1, at Miriam Hospital. The retired Cranston police sergeant was the husband of Marie (Renzi) Sunderland. They had been married for 51 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late George and Janet (Wheatly) Sunderland, Harry was a Cranston resident for most of his life. He had served in the Cranston Police Department as a court officer, a firearms and self-defense instructor, a member of the underwater recovery team, and a member of the BCI unit. He retired as a sergeant after 31 years with the force. Harry also was a physical education instructor for the state Training School in Cranston for 28 years. In June 1987, the Cranston Police Training and Crime Prevention Center was dedicated in honor of Harry and his former colleague William Loux, as a tribute from the City of Cranston to the retired police sergeants’ years of effort in developing programs for training and crime prevention. Both men were awarded honorary keys to the city. An Army veteran of World War II, Harry served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He had been a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 6.Besides his wife, Harry leaves a daughter, Angela Ruscito, and a grandson, Andrew J. Ruscito, both of Cranston. He was the brother of the late Albert Sunderland.  Rest in Peace.
   

Det. Joe Fortuna
Appointed Feb. 26, 1951

April 23, 2003 – With deep sadness, the CPDRA announces the death of its member Joseph V. Fortuna, 77, of Park Forest Road in Cranston. He was the husband of Jeanette (DiLibero) Fortuna.Born in Providence, a son of the late Harry and Elizabeth Fortuna, Joe had resided in Cranston for the past 50 years. He was employed as a police officer for the Cranston Police Department, retiring as a detective after 35 years of service. After retiring, he was employed by the city as a truant officer for 15 years.Besides his wife he leaves a son, Edward Fortuna of Cranston. He was the father of the late Joseph V. Fortuna Jr., and brother of the late Rose Chadronet, Jennie Fontaine and Al Fortuna.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Sgt. John R. Hinckley
Appointed Oct. 15, 1947

March 7, 2003 – The CPDRA mourns the loss of John Russell Hinckley, 78, of Naples, Florida. John has been a resident of Naples for the past 20 years and previously resided in North Kingstown, RI.John was born November 8, 1924 in Providence, RI. He retired from the Cranston Police Department in 1972 and from the North Kingston Police Department in 1981. He was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was a Purple Heart Recipient.He is survived by his loving wife, Christine R. Hinckley of Naples, FL; three sons, John R. Hinckley, III of Lolo, MT, Thomas M. Hinckley of Naples, FL and Richard A. Hinckley of Exeter, RI; three daughters, Leslie Ann Ryan of Rivervale, NJ, Margaret Mary Mankiewicz of Naples, FL and Christine Buenger of Evergreen, CO. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren.  Rest in Peace.
 
 

Det. Mathew Duffy

September 8, 2002 – Matthew T. Duffy Jr., 62, of 32nd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, a retired police detective, died Sunday at home. He was the husband of Margaret (Jones) Duffy. Born in Providence, a son of the late Matthew T. and Rose (Robertson) Duffy, he had lived in Cranston before moving to Bradenton in 1990.Mr. Duffy was a detective for the Bradenton Police Department for 12 years before leaving due to illness earlier this year. He had been a detective for the Cranston Police Department for 23 years, until 1989. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Providence-Cranston Lodge of Elks No. 14.He leaves three sons, Matthew T. Duffy III of Boston, and Kevin A. and Michael S. Duffy, both of Cranston; a daughter, Doreen A. Duffy of Cranston; two stepdaughters, Nina Bisceglia of Cranston and Jenifer Bisceglia of Gainesville, FL; two sisters, Rose Helen Barrie of Cranston and Barbara Stanley of Warren; and a grandchild.  Rest in Peace.
 
 
 

Lt. Stanley W. Atkinson

     January 7, 2002

     Lt. Stanley W. Atkinson was appointed to the CPD on November 17, 1933.  For 40 years he served as a radio specialist for the city’s radio systems before his retirement in 1973.   He served at the secretary and treasurer for the Cranston Police Relief Association for 20 years.  He also served as the radio command officer for the American Red Cross for 30 years, and served on the Red Cross Board of Directors for 20 years.  He also served with Cranston Civil Defense for 25 years, four of which as deputy director.  He passed away on January 7, 2002 at the age of 96, and is buried in Highland Memorial Park in Johnston, R. I.

     Rest in peace.   

 
 
 

Captain Ray Ricard

     September 27, 2001

     Captain Raymond Ricard passed away in Florida on September 27, 2001, at the age of 64.  He served in the U. S. Army for three years, and was appointed to the CPD on August 28, 1961.  During his career he served in various capacities including Training Division Commander and Patrol Commander.  He is credited with instituting the Cranston Neighborhood Watch Program.  He retired in 1985 at the rank of captain after serving the citizens of Cranston for 26 years.  

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

Ptl. Clifford F. Schultz

     May 21, 2001

     Patrolman Clifford F. Schultz passed away on May 21, 2001, at the age of 82.  After his retirement from the police department in 1966 he went to work for the Rhode Island Electric Protective Company before retiring again in 1973.  He was an army veteran of World War II.   He’s buried in St. Anns Cemetery in Cranston.  

 
 
 

     July 23, 2000

     Patrolman Caleb B. Jordan passed away on July 23, 2000 at the age of 88.  He was born and raised in Cranston, and retired from the police department in 1965.  He was survived by his son and daughter and six grandchildren.  He’s buried at the Quidnesset Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown, R. I. 

     Rest in peace.

 
 
 

Ptl. Leo J. Breault

      November 8, 1998

      Patrolman Leo J. Breault passed away on November 8, 1998 at the age of 68.  After serving on the CPD he became a construction supervisor for Carpenters Union Local 94.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

     June 14, 1997

     Detective Lieutenant William E. Walsh passed away on June 14, 1997 at the age of 67.  He was born in Cranston, the son of William J. Walsh, formerly of the CPD, and Margaret E. (Carter) Walsh. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a graduate of Salve Regina University.  He served the citizens of Cranston for 30 years before retiring in 1985.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.   

     Rest in peace. 

 
 

Det. Henry Crudale
Badge 133

May 30, 1997 – It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Detective Henry V. Crudale who passed away on May 28, 1997 after a short illness.  He was the son of Laura (DiMuccio) Crudale and the late Henry A. Crudale.A graduate of Cranston High School in 1960, he joined the Cranston Police Department on September 8, 1965 and retired on June 28, 1996 after completing 31 years of dedicated service to the department.  Henry was also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bryant College where he received a Bachelors degree of Science in Law Enforcement.  He was an active member of the I.B.P.O., the Cranston Police Relief Association, and former member of the Elks Lodge of Johnston.  He also served in the RI Army National Guard and was a member of the State Investigative Unit during the Credit Union crisis from 1991-1992.  Besides his wife Beverly (Mitchell) Crudale, he is survived by his loving children, Henry J. and Bethany Liberatore of Cranston and two grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jane DiSanto.  He is also the brother to the late James Crudale.  He will be greatly missed by all.
 
 
 

Sgt. Thomas Lanzi

     November 6, 1996

     Sergeant Thomas Lanzi served the citizens of Cranston for 22 years before retiring in 1977.  He earned a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement from Salve Regina College.  He was also served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. 

     In 1964, he was instrumental in starting the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, and served as its first president.   He was also a member of the R. I. State Democratic Committee. 

     He passed away on November 6, 1996 at the age of 64. 

     Rest in peace.  

 
 
 

     May 22, 1996

     Detective Rocco Mariorenzi served the citizens of Cranston for 34 years before retiring in 1988.  He was the first officer to use a “voice print” as evidence in a police case.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

     He passed away on May 22, 1996 at the age of 66, and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. 

     Rest in  peace.  

 
 
 

Lieut. Paul Soscia

     April 25, 1996

     Lieutenant Paul Soscia was a lifelong resident of Cranston.  He was appointed to the CPD on December 28, 1942 and served the citizens of Cranston for 27 years before retiring in 1969.   He passed away on April 25, 1996 and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston. 

     Rest in peace.

 

 
 

     April 4, 1996

     Detective Sergeant Paul Saccoccia, Sr., (67), passed away on April 4, 1996.  He was the husband of Marie (Moretti) Saccoccia, and father of retired CPD lieutenant Paul Saccoccia, Jr.  Det. Sgt. Saccoccia served with the CPD for 34 years before retiring in 1988.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Navy veteran of the Korean War.  In 1971 he graduated with a degree in law enforcement from Salve Regina College.  He’s buried in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter.  

     Rest in Peace our brother. 

 

 
 

Det. Bill Hilihen

December 28, 1995 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Detective William S. Holihen who passed away on December 27, 1995 while at the Jane Brown Hospital in Providence, RI.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Faust) Holihen.  After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bill was appointed to the department on December 3, 1956 and retired on January 6, 1987 while achieving the rank of Detective within the Cranston Police Department.  In his spare time when he was not solving cases for the PD, he loved playing golf, travelling and spending time with his family, and just relaxing in front of the TV.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth A. Holihen; his son Willaim R. Holihen and his wife Joanne; his daughter Gina M. Holihen, Grandaughter Taylor L. Holihen; and two brothers Joseph and John Holihen.  Hit them straight Bill and know we are thinking of you.
 
 
 

     May 12, 1995

     Lieutenant Earl P. Tucker, Sr., passed away on May 12, 1995 at the age of 82. He was appointed to the CPD on November 12, 1942.   He was the first president of the Fraternal Order of Police for Cranston.  He retired in 1967 at the rank of Lieutenant.   

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

Sgt. Charles W. Beckman

     March 27, 1995

     Sergeant Charles W. “Chuck” Beckman served the citizens of Cranston for 30 years before retiring in 1986.  He passed away on March 27, 1995 at the age of 61.  He was survived by his wife and five children, nine grandchildren, and his mother. 

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

Ptl. Joseph A. Doucette

     September 2, 1994

     Patrolman Joseph A. Doucette was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on December 1, 1941, just six days before the United States entered WWII.  He left the department to serve in the army during the war, and later rejoined the CPD.  He served the the citizens of Cranston for 25 years before retiring in 1967.  He passed away on September 2, 1994 at the age of 79.  He was a communicant at St. Ann’s Church, a member of the IBPO, and the DAV chapter 10. He’s buried in Highland Memorial Park  in Johnston. 

     Rest in peace.  

 
 
 

     March 16, 1994

     Lieutenant Francis J. Kelly was a  lifelong resident of Cranston and a navy veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Naval Reserves after the war  and eventually earned the rank of chief petty officer.  During his career he designed and implemented an advanced reporting system for the department that was still in use in the 1990s.  He retired in 1968 at the rank of lieutenant after 25 years of service.  He passed away on March 16, 1994, and is buried the Rhode Island Veteran’s Cemetery in Exeter. 

     Rest in peace.     

 
 
 

Det. George A. Michaud

      January 18, 1994

     Detective George A. Michaud served the citizens of Cranston for 30 years before retiring in 1985.  He passed away on January 18, 1994 an the age of  64.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace. 

 
 

Officer Michael Gunson

     October 9, 1993 – Officer Michael Gunson, (Badge 285), was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on September 5, 1987.  He was born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1958, to John and Donna Gunson.  He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, and trained with the Navy Seals.  During his career he served with the Patrol Division, and was an active member of both the department’s Dive Team, and S.W.A.T. Team.  He is survived by his wife Maria and his son, Michael.

Rest in peace our brother.      

 
 
 

Sgt. George A. Seavor

     March 30, 1993

     Sergeant George A. Seavor was born in Providence and lived most of his life in Cranston.  He retired in 1968 at the rank of Sergeant in charge of the Juvenile Division.  He was survived by his wife and two sons, a sister, five grandchildren, and three great-grand-children.   He passed away on March 30, 1993 at the age of 86.  

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

     October 8, 1992

     Captain Howard E. “Hunk” Jordon, Jr., was born in Providence and lived in Cranston most of his life. He was a navy veteran of WWII and a member of the VFW and the American Legion.  He served the citizens of Cranston for 38 years before retiring in 1978 at the rank of captain.  He passed away on October 8, 1992, and is buried in Pocassett Cemetery in Cranston.  

     Rest in peace.

 
 
 

     October 15, 1990

     Sergeant Charles A. Carney was a veteran of WWII having served with the 873rd Airborne Div. in the South Pacific.  He was first appointed to the CPD in 1943, and served for 32 years before his retirement in 1973 at the rank of Sergeant.  In 1967 he was commended for the rescue of a young child and his mother from their burning home.  He passed away on October 15, 1990, and is buried  in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.

 
 
 

Det. Kenneth Gilkenson, Sr.

     October 6, 1990

     Detective Kenneth Gilkenson, Sr., (59), passed away on October 6, 1990.  He was the husband of Elizabeth M. (Bushman) Gilkenson, and father of retired CPD Detective Ken Gilkenson, Jr.  

     Ken retired from the Cranston Police Department in 1987 after 30 years of service.

     He’s buried in All Saints Cemetery in Warwick, R.I.

     Rest in peace our brother.  

 
 
 

     September 19, 1989

     Detective Raymond V. Deschene, a lifelong resident of Cranston,  passed away on September 19, 1989 at the age of 62.  He retired in 1974 at the rank of detective after 23 years of service to the citizens of Cranston.  He was a navy veteran of World War II.  After his retirement he worked for the Fleet National Bank security department for 15 years.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

     Rest in peace.

 
 
 

Captain Adelbert J. Hay

     June 11, 1989

     Captain Adelbert “Del” Hay, (72) passed away on June 11, 1989.  he was the husband of Mary F. (Coffey) Hay.  He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and was appointed to the CPD on November 11, 1943, and served for 34 years before retiring in 1977.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

     Besides his wife, he was survived by his two son, four daughters, and eight grandchildren.      

     Rest in peace out brother.  

 
 

 

     January 21, 1989

     Lieutenant Howard S. Sharples passed away on January 21, 1989 at the age of 76.  He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but lived in Cranston most of his life.   He served with the CPD from 1964 until his retirement in 1975.  He then became a traffic engineer for the city.   He was an army veteran of World War II.  He’s buried in Pawtuxet Memorial Park in Warwick, R. I. 

     Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

Sgt. Albert Burnside

     September 1, 1988

     Sergeant Albert “Perry” Burnside was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on April 28, 1958 and retired in 1978 after serving the citizens of Cranston for 20 years.  After retiring, he worked as a RIPTA bus driver for ten years.  He passed away on September 1, 1988, survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two daughters, and three grandchildren. 

     Rest in Peace.  

 
 

 

     July 4, 1988

     Detective Edward F. Laborio was appointed to the CPD on February 26, 1951.  He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, and a member of the VFW.  He was one of the founding members of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.  He served the citizens of Cranston for 32 years before retiring as a detective in 1983.  He passed away on July 4, 1988 and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.   

     Rest in peace.

 
 

Cmdr. Harold N. Johnson

 

     April 10, 1988

     Commander Harold N. Johnson was appointed to the CPD in 1929 and began his career patrolling a beat in Aubrun.  In 1957 he was promoted to the rank of Commander, and was the first CPD officer to hold this rank.  He retired in 1965 after serving the citizens of Cranston for 36 years.   Upon retiring, he began working for Fleet National Bank security division, and remained in that position until 1970.  

     He passed away on April 10, 1988 at the age of 81, and is buried in All Saints Cemetery in Warwick, R. I.

     Rest in peace.   

 
 
 

Ptl. Daniel DiBiasio

     September 8, 1986

     Patrolman Dainel DiBiasio served the citizens of Cranston for 28 years before retiring in 1978.  During his career he served as a traffic specialist, vice president and treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police.  He was a World War II veteran having served in the Medical Corps.   He passed away on September 8, 1986, and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

      Rest in peace. 

 
 
 

Lieut. George R. E. Farrow

     June 8, 1986

     Lieutenant George R. E. Farrow was appointed to the CPD on March 15, 1929.  He was born in Providence and moved to Cranston in 1921.  He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and belonged to the Order of Shriners, as well as the Cranston Historical Society.  He retired from the CPD in 1966 after 37 years of service to the citizens of Cranston.  He passed away on June 8, 1986 at the age of 92, and is buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. 

     Rest in peace.  

 
 
 

Det. Michael J. Marro, Jr.

     September 28, 1984

     Detective Lieutenant Michael J. Marro, Jr., was appointed to the CPD in 1941 and retired in 1967 after 26 years of service. During his career he received numerous departmental citations and awards.  He was a communicant of St. Rocco’s Church in Johnston.  He passed away on September 28, 1984 and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

     Rest in peace. 

 
 

Det. Arnold R. Odesky
Appointed July 26, 1954

 

     July 20, 1982

     Detective Arnold R. Odesky passed away on July 20, 1982.  He was the husband of Helen G. (Soscia) Odesky.  

     He was appointed to the police department on July 26, 1954, and served for 22 years before retiring as a detective in 1976.  He was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 301, and assisted other police agencies in R. I. with contract negotiations. 

     He is survived by his wife and three daughters, two grandchildren, and a brother.  

     Rest In peace.

 
 

Lt. Jay W. Fitzgerald
Appointed Aug. 28, 1961

February 12, 1982 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lieutenant Jay W. “Fitzy” Fitzgerald who passed away on February 11, 1982.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Michael and Alice (Townsend) Fitgerald.  An Army Veteran of four years, Jay joined the department on August 28, 1961 where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.  At the time of his passing, he was a Training Officer and served as a Crime Prevention and Public Relations Officer.  Previously he was a Lieutenant with the Patrol Division for many years.  He was also active in numerous associations and loved being involved in the Cranston Western Little League and coaching basketball at the St. Joseph’s Church in West Warwick, RI.  In April of 1982, the Cranston Western Little League honored him by dedicating their season to Jay and naming their baseball field after him. The field is located at Sherman Ave. and Cranston St.  He is survied by his loving wife Patricia M. (Flynn) Fitgerald and his children  Jay W. Jr., Michael R., Thomas J., Betsy A. Fitgerald, and a sister, Mrs. Janice D. Quinn, all of Cranston.  He was also a gradute of Bryant College.  Truly a kind and gentle man who will be missed.
   

Ptl. Anthony R. Iannotti
Appointed Dec. 28, 1958

     February 4, 1982

     Patrolman Anthony “Butch” Iannotti, (48), passed away on February 4, 1982.  he was appointed to the CPD on December 28, 1958, and during his career served in the patrol division, the B. C. I. division, and the traffic division.

     He was an army veteran of the Korean War, and a graduate of the U.R.I. School of Criminalistics. 

     He is survived by his wife and daughter, his parents, and maternal grandmother.

     He’s buried in St. Ann’s cemetery.

     Rest in peace our brother.

   

Lt. William J. Nixon

     May 20, 1981

     Lieutenant William J. Nixon was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on January 17, 1936.   He passed away on May 20, 1981, at the age of 77, and is buried Elm Grove Cemetery in North Kingstown.  

     Rest in peace. 

   

Sgt. Walter Busby

     February 12, 1979

     Sergeant Walter C. Busby III passed away on February 12, 1979, while struggling with a suicidal man.  He is buried  in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.  

   

Chief Louis Fouchecourt
1950 – 1966

     December, 1977

     Chief Louis B. Fouchecourt was born in 1907 and grew up in Cranston.  He was appointed to the police department in September of 1930, and appointed Chief of Police on September 25, 1950.  Chief Fouchecourt is credited for obtaining the site of Cranston’s current police academy complex and shooting range, as well as with establishing the first K-9 Unit in 1963.   After his retirement in 1966 he took a job as executive director for the Cranston Housing Authority.  He passed away in December of 1977.  

     Rest in peace. 

   

Ptl. Francis A. Schinse

     April 6, 1977

     Patrolman Francis A. Schinse passed away on April 6, 1977.  (No further info available at this time.)

     Rest in peace. 

   

     May 2, 1976

     Sergeant Ronald L. Desjarlais was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on July 26, 1954.  He passed away on May 2, 1976 at the age of 46.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.  

     Rest in peace. 

   

Lt. Walter L. McGarry

     June 4, 1974

     Lieutenant Walter L. McGarry was appointed to the CPD on January 17, 1930.  He passed away on June 4, 1974 and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston. 

   

Lt. Joseph E. Austin

     March 6, 1974

     Lieutenant Joseph E. Austin passed away on March 6, 1974 at the age of 64.  Lt. Austin was well known throughout the state for his forensic skills and worked many years in the department’s Bureau of Criminal Identification Division.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.

   

Chief J. Howard Gibbs

     May, 1973

     Chief of Police James Howard Gibbs joined the CPD in 1943, but left to serve in the U. S. Army a year later. He served in the European Theatre during WWII, and earned the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  In 1946 he returned the the police department, and later was assigned to the Detective Division.  He graduate from the F. B. I. National Academy in 1951 and became  the department’s training officer.  In 1961 he was promoted to captain and held that rank until 1968 when he was promoted to Chief. 

     He passed away in may of 1973 at the age of 52, and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.   

 

   

Ptl. Michael F. Buzzard

     November 30, 1972

     Patrolman Michael F. Buzzard was born in West Verginia in 1897, and served overseas in the United Army during World War I.  He came to Cranston and obtained a job at the Auburn Express Company before being appointed a special patrolman to the police department.  He was appointed a permanent patrolman in January of 1924.   In December of 1926 he was recognized for single-handedly pursuing three armed bandits during a high-speed car chase during which numerous gunshots between the officer and bandits were exchanged.  He passed away in Massachusetts on November 30, 1972, at the age of 75. 

     Rest in peace. 

   
   

     September 25, 1971

     Patrolman John F. Callery, Jr., passed away on September 25, 1971 at the age of 74.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.

     Rest in peace.   

   

Capt. John Ryan

     December 13, 1969

     Captain John Ryan retired from the Cranston PD and became the Chief of Police in East Greenwich.  He passed away on December 13, 1969, and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery.  

   

Chief Anthony Moretti

     January 31, 1968 

     Chief Anthony J. Moretti passed away on January 30, 1968 while on duty in his office.  Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Orazio and Filomena (Grossi) Moretti. Mr. Moretti was named to the force on August 18, 1938.  He rose from patrolman to sergeant on December 21, 1945,  and was named commander by Mayor Hoyt W. Lark.  Later on, he was promoted to be the head of the city’s first Detective Division and then to Commander of the department’s Patrol Division in 1962.At the time of his passing he was survived by his wife, Anna (Renzi) Moretti and his two daughters; Mrs. Charles S. Davey of Warwick and Miss Roberta Moretti of Cranston. 

     Rest in Peace.

   

     November 27, 1965

     Patrolman Clause Abramson was born in Yestergotland, Sweden, in 1876 and came to America when he was 19 and settled in Cranston where he had friends.  He was appointed a police constable in 1907, and when Cranston incorporated as a city in 1910 he was one of the original ten full-time patrolmen appointed to the newly established permanent force.  He spent most of his career patrolling the Edgewood neighborhood and was very beloved by the citizens there.  He retired from the CPD in 1956 after 49 years of service, and continued to serve in the capacity of a special officer, helping school cross the busy intersection of Broad and Norwood in Edgewood for several years, thus giving him the distinction of being Cranston’s longest serving police officer.  Ptl. Abramson passed away on November 27, 1965, at the age of 89. 

     Rest in peace. 

   

     October 27, 1962

     Patrolman Willis King Yeaw, Jr., passed away on October 27, 1962 at the age of 68.  He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War I.  He’s buried in Highland Memorial Park in Johnston, R. I. 

     Rest in peace. 

   

Ptl. Ernest C. Potter

     1955

     Patrolman Ernest Clinton Potter passed away in 1955 at the age of 55-56.  He’s buried in Oakland cemetery in Cranston. 

     Rest in peace.

   

Chief Nelson Bourret

 Chief of Police Nelson Bourret was appointed to the CPD in 1917, but resigned shortly thereafter to join the army and serve his country during WWI.  He served in combat overseas.  When the war ended and he was discharged he rejoined the department in 1919. He was promoted to sergeant on January 31, 1929, and then to Lieutenant in the 1930s.  Upon the death of Chief Miller in 1941, he was promoted Chief.  He served in that capacity until 1950. 

     Rest in Peace. 

   

Lieut. Raymond J. Caniglia

     July 10, 1944

     Lieutenant Raymond James Caniglia, (42), passed away on July 10, 1944, when he and another man were fatally injured when an oil drum exploded in the basement of a home on Cranston Street.  He was not on duty at the time.

     Lt. Caniglia was appointed a special officer in 1918, and was appointed to the regular force in 1922.  He was promoted to sergeant in August of 1939, and then to lieutenant on October 1, 1941. 

     He was survived by a wife and a son. 

     Rest in Peace.  

   

Capt. Henry C. Debow

     February 13, 1943

     Captain Henry Clay Debow passed away on February 13, 1943.  He was born in New Brunswick on September 11, 1879.  He was appointed a police constable in 1903, and when the city established its first full-time police department in 1910, Debow was one of the original ten patrolmen.  In 1911 he was promoted to inspector, and later to lieutenant – the first to hold that position.  He was promoted to Captain in 1925 and became the department’s second-in-command and took over the night shift.  He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  It was said he could have become chief of police, but turned it down so he could remain on nights, so he could continue to hunt and fish during the day.  He retired on January 1, 1942.      

     He was survived by his wife and a sister.    

   

Chief James Miller

     August 15, 1941

     Chief of Police James G. Miller passed away on August 15, 1941.  He was born in Millville, Massachusetts, on August 8, 1876.  He was appointed a Cranston police constable in 1896, and was one of the first ten full-time patrolmen when the city established a permanent police department in 1910.  

     Chief Miller was appointed Chief of Police in 1929, and is credited with establishing the first city police training school for perspective officers, as well as in-service-training for veteran officers. 

     Rest in peace.

   

Sergeant Bill Cooney

     December 19, 1939

     Sergeant Bill Cooney, passed away on December 19, 1939.  He joined the police department in 1914, and was promoted to sergeant in 1927.  He was well known for his wit and sense of humor.  In the spring of 1925, a local newspaper held “The Most Popular Cop Contest”, and Cooney won. 

     He was survived by his sister, and a son.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.  

   

Ptl. John A. Yeaw
in 1898

     September 5, 1931

     Patrolman John Asa Yeaw was appointed a police constable in 1888.  When Cranston incorporated as a city in June of 1910 he was one of the first ten full-time patrolmen appointed to the force.  He passed away at the age of 73 on September 5, 1931, and is buried in the Pocasset Cemetery.

     Rest in peace.

   

Chief James E. Cuff

     February 19, 1931

     Chief of Police James Edward Cuff was appointed chief of police on January 4, 1911.  He served until January 20, 1912, and was later re-appointed chief in 1915.  He then served for fourteen more years until retiring in 1929.  He is the only Cranston chief of police to serve twice.   

     He passed away on February 19, 1931, and is buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace.  

   

Ptl. Henry R. Johnson

     August 14, 1930

     Patrolman Henry R. Johnson, “Mike” to his friends and family, was shot on the night of August 12, 1930 while questioning a suspicious man in the Edgewood neighborhood.   He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence where he died two days later.   He was 32.  His assailant was captured and died in prison in 1952.  Patrolman Johnson had survived another shooting in 1928 when he surprised two men robbing a private home.  

     He was survived by his wife and young son, and is buried in the Pocasset Cemetery in Cranston. 

     Rest in peace. 

   

Ptl. William H. Stone

     March 30, 1930

     Patrolman William H. Stone, (85), passed away at his daughter’s home on March 30, 1930.  He was born in Cranston in 1845, and appointed a police constable in 1885, and served as a police officer for more than 30 years.   When the city established its first full-time police department in 1910, Officer Stone was one of the original ten patrolmen.  It was also in 1910 that he had the distinction of being the first police officer in Rhode Island, and perhaps New England, to utilize an automobile for police patrol duties.   Besides his daughter, he was survived by a son, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.  He’s buried in Pocassett Cemetery  on Dyer Ave. 

Rest in peace

 

   

Ptl. Charles H. Smith
Badge No. 9

     1916

     Patrolman Charles H. Smith was appointed a police constable in 1896.  When Cranston incorporated as a city in June of 1910 and formally established a full-time police department, he was one of the first ten permanent patrolmen appointed.   He passed away in 1916 and is buried at the Pocasset Cemetery in Cranston. 

     Rest in peace. 

 

 

Chief John Bigbee
Cranston’s first Chief of Police.
1886 – 1908

     December 11, 1908

     Chief John Bigbee was Cranston’s first Chief of Police.  He came to Cranston in 1868, and was appointed a police constable in 1878.  In 1880 he was elected Town Sergeant.  In 1886 he was elected Chief of Police, and served in both positions until his death in 1908.  He died as a result of an injury he received while fighting a fire near Cranston Street and Gansett Avenue.  The injury led to blood poisoning and he passed away on December 11, 1908.  He’s buried in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     He is also the first (known) Cranston police officer to die in the line of duty. 

     Rest in peace.    

 

 

 

     The following officers are known to have served, but photos and information about them is lacking.  They are posted in alpabetical order.  If anyone can help, please contact us.  Thank you.  

 

 

     Badge Number 2.  Photo from 1954. 

    Patrolman Andrew Baynes

     No photo.  Ptl. Baynes retired in 1950 after nearly 25 years of service. 

    Patrolman John Bloomstrom 

     No photo or information at this time.

    Patrolman Jack Callery, Jr. 

     No photo or information at this time. 

    Patrolman Thomas Cooney

     No photo or information at this time.  

Capt. Rowland G. Cornell

 

     Photo taken in 1956. 

Ptl. Ernest J. Deschene

 
     Patrolman Ernest Joseph Deschene was appointed to the CPD on August 29, 1929.  

     Patrolman Henry Driscoll

 

    No photo or information at this time.
    Patrolman William B. Dutton     No photo or information at this time 

Det. John T. Enos

 Appointed to the CPD on September 1, 1947.   He retired a detective. 
     Lieut. Edward Farrell
     No photo or information at this time. 

Ptl. Carl Fascia

     
     No information at this time. 

Sergeant Fred H. Guile

 

     Sgt. Fred H. Guile  was appointed to the CPD on July 19, 1946.  Served in the Traffic Division. 

Sgt. William Maher

      First appointed a police constable in 1908.  By the 1920s was a sergeant.  
     Patrolman Thomas Mahoney
     No photo or information at this time. 

 
     Captain Patrick J. McCarron was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on May 16, 1924.  He was promoted to sergeant on October 1, 1941, and to lieutenant on July 19, 1946.  He was promoted to captain in 1950. 

 
     No information at this time. 

Sgt. John “Jack” McGee

     Sgt. John J. Mcgee was appointed a police constable in 1905, and when Cranston incorporated as a city in 1910, he was one of the original ten patrolmen appointed to the newly established permanent police department.  He patrolled the Auburn section by bicycle in the early 1900s.  He continued serving the citizens of Cranston into the 1930s.  

     Rest in peace. 

     Patrolman Peter McGuirl

     No photo or information at this time. 

 

Ptl. Patrick J. McHugh, Sr.

     Photo of Patrolman Patrick J. McHugh Sr., was taken in 1930. 

   

       No further information at this time. 

Det. Louis Morenzi

    Was a detective in  1954.   May have passed away in 1965.   

Sgt. Edward Morgan

 

     Was one of the founders of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.   

Chief Clerk Anthony T. Mulligan

 

     Served as Chief Clerk in the detective division.  Photo taken 1954. 

Ptl. Francis P. Murphy

 

     Patrolman Francis P. Murphy was appointed to the Cranston Police on June 20, 1929.

 

 Patrolman Thomas Murphy

     No photo or information at this time. 

Patrolman William Olausen

 

     No photo or information at this time.

Patrolman Patrick O’ Leary

     No photo or information at this time. 

Sgt. Joseph L O’ Rourke

     Sergeant Joseph L. O’ Rourke was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on January 19, 1940.

Lt. Clifford D. Ouimette

 

    Lieutenant Clifford D. Ouimette was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on November 18, 1927.  He was promoted to sergeant on May 31, 1943.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 1950. 

Patrolman F. Peterson

 

 

     No photo or information at this time. 

Captain Charles J. Rogers

 

     Appointed to the CPD July 16, 1937.  in 1954, as a sergeant, he was in charge of the Bureau of Records.  He retired a captain. 

     Patrolman Fred Silva

 

 

     No Photo or information at this time.

Sgt. Arthur E. Soderberg

 
     Sgt. Arthur E. Soderberg was appointed to the CPD on January 17, 1936, and he retired in 1961 after 25 years of service. 

Lt. John J. Sullivan

 
     Lieutenant John J. Sullivan was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on October 1, 1942.
    Patrolman Gordon M. Thurber      No photo or information at this time. 
Patrolman Frederick E. Toole      No photo or information at this time. 

Chief Patrick Trainor

     Chief of Police Patrick Trainor was first appointed a police constable in 1889.  He served as Chief of Police from 1909 to 1910. 
           Was on the department durng the 1950s. 

Patrolman Richard A. Vieweg

     No photo or information at this time.

Patrolman William J. Walsh 

     No photo or information at this time. 

Sergeant Arthur C. Wilson

     Served during the 1920s and 30s. 

 

     

 

 

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