The city is mourning the death of former Police Chief Robert E. White, who served 32 years with the Shelton Police Department. Bob White, 71, died on Oct. 20. The Shelton resident headed the city\u2019s Police Department from 1992 in 1998. A U.S. Navy veteran, he had been named Connecticut Policeman of the Year in 1996. \u201cHe was a man of honor, respect and integrity with a deep devotion to God,\u201d his family said. The wake will be Thursday at Riverview Funeral Home in Shelton, and the memorial service is Friday at St. Margaret Mary Church in Shelton (see details at the end of this article). \u201cHopefully all those who met him can take a moment to recall some of your common stories and smile,\u201d family members said. \u201cA good man has passed.\u201d \u2018My boss and my friend\u2019 Current Police Chief Joel Hurliman served on the force with White. \u201cHe was my boss and my friend,\u201d Hurliman said. \u201cHe was a great sportsman as well as a great policeman.\u201d Hurliman said he would go fishing and target shooting with White. After White\u2019s retirement, they also would see each other at the local American Legion post. The conversation often turned to fishing. \u201cHe liked fresh and salt water,\u201d Hurliman said. \u201cHe was really big on the Housatonic River.\u201d Headed police youth bureau White moved to Shelton in 1955 and was sworn in as a Shelton police officer on Feb. 7, 1966. He then worked as a patrolman, head of the youth bureau, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain before being named chief. \u201cTo all those who got to know him through his work as a truant officer, he never saw you as a delinquent but as himself \u2014 someone needing a chance,\u201d his family said of his many years working closely with youth as a police officer. (Story continues below) ----------------- Read Robert E. White's full obituary by clicking below: http:\/\/sheltonherald.com\/27733\/obituary-robert-e-white-jr-71-of-shelton\/ ----------------- White was a youth sports coach, assisting youngsters in basketball, football and soccer. \u201cAll of his teams were much like him \u2014 they played hard, within the limits of the rules, and always to win,\u201d his family said. In the immediate aftermath of having a kidney removed, family members recalled, he still made it to almost all his sons\u2019 youth sports games. He also was active with many local nonprofit groups. He volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Derby\/Shelton Memorial Day Committee, Umbrella Group, Shelton Youth Bureau, and many other organizations. Avid outdoorsman, Navy veteran White was an avid sportsman, participating in activities such as archery, basketball, boating, bungee jumping, fishing, football, hiking, hunting, parachuting, sailing, shotgun and bow shooting, softball, snow skiing, surfing, and water skiing. As a player in local adult basketball leagues, he became known as \u201cThe Hammer.\u201d As an archer, he won first place in state competitions several times. He was a member of Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post No. 16 in Shelton. After serving five years in the Navy, he worked at Sikorsky building helicopters before joining the Police Department. Loved to travel White loved to travel, visiting 49 states and many countries across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. He had a fondness for many U.S. national parks and Civil War battlefields. He also liked to go camping and go on cruises. \u201cHe was so happy to bring back some sand from Omaha Beach to his father,\u201d his family said of a trip to Normandy in France. White was active at St. Margaret Mary\u2019s Church in Shelton, and had served on the parish council. \u201cHe was very proud of the Shelton community and Lafayette [School] kids always held a special place in his heart,\u201d his family said. Survivors and services Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sandra Viggiano White; two children, Robert White and Keith White; four grandchildren, Alexa, Brady, Emma and Victoria; two brothers, James White and Martin White; a sister, Georgianna White; and several nieces and nephews. The wake is Thursday, Oct. 24 from 3-7 p.m. at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton. The funeral is Friday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 50 Donovan Lane, Shelton. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Margaret Mary Church, 50 Donovan Lane, Shelton, CT 06484, or to Closer to Free (in support of Dr. Mario Sznol cancer research), P.O. Box 7611, New Haven CT 06519-0611. Offer condolences online at www.riverviewfh.com.