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SERPA, (Chief of Police, BPD, Ret.) RUSSELL “RUSTY”

74, of Bristol passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care in Providence, RI. Born in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph P. and Virginia (Gaffney) Serpa and husband of Lydia (Neves) for 41 years.

Rusty was a Sergeant in the United States Army serving in the Republic of Viet Nam 1965-1966. After leaving the service he joined the Bristol Police Department where he served the Town of Bristol for 39 years, 12 as the Chief of Police. Rusty’s greatest accomplishment was bringing the Bristol Police Department in line with professional standards by working for and obtaining national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (CALEA). 

During his service to the town he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and a Master’s degree in Business, both from Salve Regina College. He attended the prestigious FBI National Academy, a command level leadership program, in 1989. He attended the Babson College command leadership and management courses as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

He was the President of the Rhode Island Chiefs of Police Association in 2005, the President of both the Rhode Island Chapter and New England Chapter of the FBI National Associates.

 In 2005, he was the 220th Chief Marshal of the Bristol Fourth of July parade. He was also the chief marshal for the Memorial Day parade and the Bristol Recreation children’s parade.

Rusty was a board member and president of the Board of Directors for the East Bay Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, providing affordable housing.

Rusty was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a social member in the Bristol Fire Department (Hydraulions), a member and past treasurer of the Elks, a member of the Bristol Rotary Club, the Prince Henry Club, Cup Defenders Association, the Tiverton Rod and Gun Club and the Columbus Square House.

As a golfer, he was member of the Montaup Country Club.

He and his wife Lydia, have two sons, Russell Jr. and Christopher (Alex), two granddaughters, Mila Mae and Rowan Walker Serpa, brother James (Sylvia) and was preceded in death by his brother Joseph and sister Virginia.

Funeral from LIMA FUNERAL HOME High Street, Bristol on Wednesday, Feb. 5th at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood Street, Bristol at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. VISITING HOURS are Tuesday Feb. 4th 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 200 W. Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903 or Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI  02904.

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Arthur H. Ryan Obituary

Loving husband, father and grandfather DRACUT Captain Arthur H. Ryan (ret.) Lowell Police Dept., age 79, a resident of Dracut, passed away on April 13, 2019 after a brief illness with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Lamontagne) Ryan for more than 60 wonderful years. 

Born in Boston on June 17, 1939, he was the son of the late Hudson and Louise (Conley) Ryan. 

He was a graduate of Dracut High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire College. 

Arthur began his law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Dept. in Washington, D.C. He later worked with the Tyngsboro Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office before embarking on a 27-year career at the Lowell Police Department. He served in many capacities at LPD, rising to the rank of Captain before his retirement in 2000. Arthur was a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy.

In between his early law enforcement jobs, Arthur was employed as a member of Local 7 of the International Iron Worker’s Union. 

Arthur was a sportsman and adventurer. He was a private pilot, a scuba diver and an avid boatsman. He served for many years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, patrolling Boston Harbor. In his youth, he was a Silver Mittens and Golden Glove champion boxer.

Surviving him in addition to his loving wife, Gloria, are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Arthur H. and Judith Ryan of Dracut and Daniel B. and Patricia Guajardo Ryan of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren, Erin LaFlamme and her husband Ryan of Lowell, Alexander Ryan of Houston, Texas, Emmanuel Guajardo of Laredo, Texas, James Ryan of Dracut and Jonathan Ryan of Dracut, a brother and sister-in-law, Walter “Butch” and Sharon Ryan of Sarasota, Florida; a sister, Ann Riley of Manchester, New Hampshire; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. RYAN Captain Arthur H. Ryan (ret.) LPD. Relatives and friends will be received at the TYNGSBOROUGH FUNERAL HOME, 4 Cassaway Dr., Tyngsborough on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral Tuesday morning with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 AM in the Parish of Saint Rita, 158 Mammoth Road, Lowell. Committal services will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. For online condolences or directions, please visit www.tyngsboroughfuneralhome.com. Funeral Directors Roland W. Martin and Daniel R. Martin.