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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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 he 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.    
 
 

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.  
 
 

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.
   

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.  After his retirement in 1987 he worked for the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and alter 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.    
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 
 

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.      
 
 

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.
   

Chief Anthony Moretti

January 31, 1968 – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chief Anthony J. Moretti who passed away on January 30, 1968 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 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.
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