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“I would like to wish my condolences to the Shea family. Although I didn't work with Bill I got to know him through friends. He was a genuine person...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: David Suranie - Woonsocket, RI

“It has been awhile since I've seen Bill. We were classmates and good friends all through school years. Back then, he really loved his cars,...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Sandra L Sillup (Pikul) - RI

“My thoughts are with you Sue. I will never forget the ride to Fenway Park with Billy in the police car and all the good times we shared. I am very...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Perron - Cumberland, RI

“May you rest in peace and be free from your pain. May God bless your wife and family. You will be missed and your service to the City will always be...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Chief Patrick T. Foley - Douglas, MA

“My prayers and condolences go out to Sue, Brad and Tim in their time of loss. Bill was a dear friend of our family. He was a great man and made a...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah Dancer - Charlotte, NC

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Shea family. Billy Shea was a great mentor and a well-respected professional in law enforcement. He will be...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Michael G. Villiard - Smithfield, RI

“I have known Billy for 25 years. He was my mentor, and a major reason for any success I have experienced. Billy was a great cop and a class act, he...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis Perron - Barre, MA

“Our sincere condolences to the Shea family. Bill was a great friend and mentor to me and my family. we will never forget you. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: David Chattman - woonsocket, RI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy's family and friends, he was a great man who will always be remembered for his kindness and decades of...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Kerri & Jarrad Krausen - SD


Cumberland – William J. Shea, retired Woonsocket Chief of Police, 53, of Bayberry Hill Drive died Friday, April 3, 2009 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Jackson) Shea.
Born in Providence, a son of the late William J. and Barbara E. (Maloney) Shea, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 43 years.
Chief Shea was a member of the Woonsocket Police Department for 26 years, the last 3 years serving as Chief of Police before retiring in January 2006. For the past 3 years, he has worked as a field investigator for CVS, Woonsocket.
He was a member of the Rhode Island and New England Police Chiefs Association and a member of the New England Narcotics Association.
He was a graduate of Cumberland High School and a communicant of St. John Vianney Church, Cumberland.
He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, Bradford and Timothy Bowe, both of Cumberland. He was the brother of the late Susan E. Rogue.
His funeral will be held TUESDAY, APRIL 7 at 8:30 A.M. from the BELLOWS-FALSO FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in St. John Vianney Church, 3655 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Burial, with military honors, will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call MONDAY 5-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory in honor of his nephew to the Patrick R. Holmes Wrestling Memorial, c/o Navigant Credit Union, 1005 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 would be appreciated. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit www.bellowsfh.com.

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