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Retired Derby police detective sergeant dies at 82

May 4, 2019

DERBY — A retired longtime member of the Derby Police Department, remembered for being active in the community, has died.

Bernard H. Williamson was 82 when he died on April 27 at Masonicare in Wallingford, according to his obituary. He was born in Sewickley, Pa.

Williamson was a proud United States Marine, who served his country from September 1954 until September 1957, his obituary said.

Williamson, a Derby resident, worked at the Derby Police Department for more than 23 years. At the time of his retirement, Williamson had worked his way up the ranks to detective sergeant.

“Rest In Peace Sergeant Bernard H. Williamson (ret.),” read a post from the police department’s Facebook page, where Williamson’s obituary was shared earlier this week.

He was also known for his 10 years of employment as a fraud investigation officer at the Derby Savings Bank. He was also a past captain of the Storms Engine Fire Company.

“Rest In Peace, Brother,” said a post from the Derby Fire Department.

“He was very active in his community and held many positions with the John H. Collins American Legion Post and the McEvoy-Dempsey Post in Derby,” the obituary said. “Bernie was also involved in youth Little League for years and was a long time Public Address Announcer for the Derby Red Raider football team.”

Williamson was also very active in his church community, often performing Alter Server duties for funerals at St. Mary’s Church in Derby.

“Most important to Bernie were three things: God, his family, and his country,” the obituary said.

He is survived by his sons, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, his sister and his daughter-in-law. He was predeceased by his parents, his son and his two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made in Williamson’s honor to St March’s Church at 212 Elizabeth St. in Derby, or to the Special Olympics at specialolympics.org/get-involved/donate. Online condolences can be left for the family at adzimafh.com.