KEARNEY Captain Nelson P. Kearney Sr. of Bridgeport, a 38 year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 15, 2006 at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Nelson was the devoted husband of 10 years to Verna C. (Brown) Kearney. He was born on June 10, 1938 in Bridgeport, to the late Joseph Bennett and Celesta Green Kearney. He was educated in the Bridgeport School System. In 1962 he was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces where he served as a combat veteran in the Vietnam War as well as the 82nd Airborne Ranger Battalion. After his departure from the military he was employed as an orderly at the Fairfield Hills Hospital and later with Carpenter Steel. In 1968 he joined the Bridgeport Police Department as a patrolman and worked his way up to the positions of sergeant, lieutenant and to the current as a captain which was the 3rd highest ranking position. Captain Kearney was the sole surviving founding member of the Bridgeport Guardians. Survivors include in addition to his wife; six daughters, Donna (Kenny ) Foster of Hamden, Jody (Darren) Miller of Las Vegas, Nev., Tiffany Ryan of New Haven, Christal Cook of Philadelphia, Pa., Kimberly Cook of Wilmington, Del., Chynll Kearney of Bridgeport; five sons, Nelson (Grace) Kearney Jr. of Bridgeport, Bryan (Theresa) Kearney of Hamden, Joseph (Sharlene) Wallace III of Bowie, Md., Aaron Kearney Sr. of Hamden, Jason (Erika) Wallace West Palm Beach, Fla.; five sisters, Josephine Dennis of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lillian Colquit of Wilson, N.C., Constance (Ricky) Williams of Clinton, Md., Deatrice Carter of Bridgeport, Denise Granger of Bridgeport; three brothers; Thomas (Millie) Romano of Shelton, Kenneth Anderson of Bridgeport, Stanford Anderson of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; mother in-law, Verna Brown of Bridgeport; 22 grandchildren; and two great-grands. He was predeceased by his brother, Masio Kearney. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 12 noon at the United Congregational Church 877 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery 885 Boston Avenue, Bridgeport. Arrangements are entrusted to by Baker-Isaac Funeral Services, 985 Stratford Avenue, Bridgeport. For more information visit www.bakerfuneralservises.com.
Published in Connecticut Post from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2006.