Detective John Montanaro – Cranston Police

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     Retired Cranston Police Detective John F. Montanaro passed away on January 5, 2023 at the age of 76.  He served the good citizens of Cranston for 28 years before his retirement.  During his long career, John worked in the patrol division, and later served as a plain clothes officer in the department’s anti-crime unit.  He also served as a detective in the elite Combined Operations & Response Team, (CORT Unit), which worked closely with the department’s Narcotics & Vice Unit.     

     John was the beloved husband of 35 years to Paula (Ricci) Montanaro.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Tina (Rotondo) Montanaro.  
     Besides his wife John is survived by his loving children: Kristina Regine of Warwick, and John F. Montanaro Jr. and his wife Deborah of North Kingstown; his dear sister: Sandra Riddle, and her husband Donald of Cranston.  He was also the cherished grandfather of 5 , great-grandfather of 3, and brother-in-law of Michele Ricci and her late husband Carl Izzo of Cranston.  

     Burial took place in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace our brother. 


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

Det. Captain John F. Smith, Jr.

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

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

     Rest in peace our brother. 

John Smith on left.
Jay Fitzgerald on right.

Capt. John F. Smith, Jr.