Leo P. Trambukis, Providence Police Officer for over 30 years, and ultimately Commissioner of Public Safety, died August 7 in Venice, FL. He was married for 63 years to the late Fiorinda (Bianchi) Trambukis.
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He is survived by his daughter Carol of Venice FL, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Laureen, of Ashaway, and his granddaughter Lisa of Johnston. He was the son of the late Michael and Jeanette Trambukis. Predeceased by his brother William, he is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by his good friend and golf partner of over 60 years, Ben Bonanni of Hope Valley.
After rising through the ranks, he became the first and only Providence Police Officer to become Commissioner. He was proud to have been a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Upon retiring from his duties in Providence, Leo became the Director of Telecommunications for the State Police, liaison to the FBI's NCIC system.. A member of the 8th Army Air Corps in WW II, he was a B17 crewman on 11 missions over Europe.
In his later years, he served on the Town Licensing Board in Westerly, remaining just as enthusiastic and meticulous about his responsibilities there as during his Police career.
An accomplished golfer, he caddied at Triggs Golf Club from its earliest days, and spoke fondly of having once caddied a round for Lawson Little, a Newport native, who later won the US Open. At age 75, Leo was Club Championship runner-up at Pond View Golf Club (Weekapaug CC).
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 4-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm St., Westerly on Thursday, September 12 at 11am. Burial with Full Military Honors will take place at River Bend Cemetery, 117 Beach St., Westerly. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Leo's memory to Tidewell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5595 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 or the
. For online condolences, please go to www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Westerly Sun from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, 2013