Lt. Richard A. Bond, 54, of South Windsor, beloved husband of Robin (Croteau) Bond, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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He was born on Sept. 21, 1959, in Hartford, the son of John and Linda (Grant) Bond. A lifelong resident of South Windsor, Rich graduated from South Windsor High School in 1977. During his school years, he served as a South Windsor Fire Explorer and subsequently went on to serve as a member of the South Windsor Fire Department for many years. He attended Stonehill College from 1977-1980. He was hired by the South Windsor Police Department in July 1980 and went on to graduate from the Connecticut Municipal Police Training Academy on Sept. 25, 1980. Lieutenant Bond held many positions with the Police Department throughout the years. He served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and traffic officer, as well as a patrol supervisor and field training officer. He excelled in the field of traffic, accident investigation, and reconstruction. He was the leader of the Police Department's traffic safety enforcement unit for many years and served as the commander of the regional Metro Traffic Services (MTS) unit. Lieutenant Bond was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in February 2007, and was assigned to his current position as the Commander of the department's Special Services Division. Throughout his career Lieutenant Bond received numerous awards and commendations including, South Windsor Police Officer of the Year in 1995 and an award for valor in 1990. Lieutenant Bond was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and dedicated member of the Harley Owners Group, Ellington Chapter 0562. He enjoyed rides, benefits, and the friendships gained from that group. Lt. Richard Bond was a man with a wonderful sense of humor, who was caring, dedicated, giving, and a little bit tough and gruff who will be greatly missed by all.
Along with his wife, Robin, of over seven years; and his parents, John and Linda of East Windsor; he leaves his siblings, Margaret Duffy and her husband, Robert, of Manchester, N.H., John A. Bond Jr. and his wife, Alison, of South Windsor and their children, Sarah and Austin, and Amy Riggs and her husband, Richard, of Rockport, Mass.; his stepson, Michael Myers of South Windsor; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Deann Yanaros and her husband, Chris, of Ellington and their children, Jerod and Logan, Nicole Crane and her husband, Edwin, of East Hartford, and John Halvorsen of South Windsor and his son, Jeremy; and a niece, Erica Halvorsen. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Michelle Halvorsen, and his nephew, Robert Halvorsen.
His family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor. Burial will follow in Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Rich's memory to Smilow Closer to Free Foundation, Melanoma Research, 20 York St. NP5, New Haven, CT 06510:
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Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
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South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, 2014