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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

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Published in Connecticut Post from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2006.
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December 14, 2016
Hello Dad,

Today is the tenth anniversary of your passing. I was doing ok. I swear I was. But no matter how hard I try, the pain of your death still won't release me. I've been told to release it. But that's easier said than done. Those who don't know our history may not understand why this is so painful for me and why I still can't release it. I pray for help with this. I've tried to put the pain away and accept life in the wake of your death. I have a beautiful, great and loving wife who is always there for me and protects my heart, but I can't burden her with this. She stresses when I'm hurt. I may never have the closure that I need. I need more than the memories. I need my Dad.
Bryan Kearney
December 15, 2014

This is the year that I thought that maybe I
Would face That Day and my eyes would stay dry
It was just this past evening, wait, that was eight years ago
On one heartbreaking night when I receive that phone call

A voice said get down here quick, your dad's in despair
If you waste any time, he may no longer be here
I flew out of my office and jumped in my ride
200 miles an hour as I laughed and I cried

Ha, ha, I told myself that man does funny things
How could I take this serious when he's always joking
Yeah, it's a prank, but a cruel one, I sighed
No way I'm going to lose him right around Christmas time

Greeted by a lieutenant who didn't know how I would take it
He said I'm sorry captain sir, your dad, he didn't make it
Nah, this can't be real, come on dad open up your eyes
I know I've seen many things try to take away your life

As I walked closer to him, I felt a chill in the air
But hospitals keep their heat low, no need to despair
Reality soon would hit me, as I saw him lying there
His body was sure enough in the room, but I couldn't feel him here

The floor came up and struck my knees
My lungs slammed shut and they couldn't breathe
I just spoke to him, no way this can be
How could he leave and not wait for me?

Dad, I need to see you just one more time
There's too many regrets that you've left behind
Why won't you answer me, my heart's in a bind
God, please pick up the remote control and press rewind

God please talk to dad, he keeps ignoring me
Is there something I did wrong to him before he ceased to breathe?
God you know he's stubborn, he insists on his own way
But Lord this hurts so bad, bring him back, I prayed

No answer for the prayer I cried
I'll have to accept That Day and stop asking why
The Lord knew best to rest his eyes
God's "Count" is one more warrior up high

My December calendar is missing the 15th now
Dad took it with him when he went beyond the clouds
That number is bittersweet, it started with my mother
She gave me life on one "15" and dad died on another

Niagara on my face while I write these thoughts
Imprisoned in pain like a soldier who's been caught
I'm still living in that trauma room eight years to the day
Staff walks by me here but they don't charge me to stay

I know I must move, I can't live here anymore
But turning a door knob can't open a wall
I must heal this broken heart, maybe I will this time
Or next year the word in the first verse goes from eight to nine

By Bryan D. Kearney, © 2014
Bryan D. Kearney
December 15, 2013
Hello Dad,

It has been seven long years since you left me. It still hurts the same way it did the day you passed. I can't heal. I feel horrible. This is so painful that I can't adequately put it into words. Life is supposed to go on, but why do I feel so lifeless at times? I have tried and tried and tried to heal but nothing works. I'm writing this with such a heavy heart that I can't get up, eat or drink. How will this end for me? Healing? Acceptance? Or will I carry this pain to my own grave? I always have the words to say to everyone else, yet I can't seem to comfort myself. It doesn't get any less painful. It just never does. I love you Dad. See you on the other side.
Bryan D. Kearney
November 18, 2007
Hello Dad,

On Sunday, November 11, 2007, my Pittsburgh Steelers played your Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh. That was the game we were supposed to attend where the loser had to wear the winner's jersey. I had tickets to that game but I just couldn't go without you. I said that I would wear a Cleveland Browns jersey during that game in your honor. I was able to find one just one day before the game. I wore your team's jersey over mine throughout the game. I signed the jersey, wrote the score on it and placed it on your grave site. Even though my team won, I hope you enjoyed the game. It brought up thoughts of you, times we shared and times we were to share. The tears I continue to shed from the intense pain of losing you can't be stopped. But this game and the remembrance of you through it gave me some temporary relief. I love you, Dad. See you on the other side.
Bryan Kearney
January 18, 2007
To Donna Kearny-Foster, Nelson Jr., Brian, and Aaron,
I am so sorry to here about the lost of your father. I have been where you are now and it is not a happy place to be. Just remember to charish those special memories that you have of him and you can always keep him close to you. Take care and remember I will alway be thinking about you. Your friend and neighbor from the past.
Melanie Watkins-Griffin
January 11, 2007
Verna and Family, please know that my sympathy and love is with you. The Count is now with his King. May the peace and love of God be with you always!
Marge "Bunny" Mulford
December 26, 2006
Vernie & Children

We are still shock and mournful in the loss of the "Count." He was a wonderful friend to my husband over the years and a newly found friend to me. The times spent with the "Scholars" in 2004 will always be treasured. The funeral services was beautiful. We are praying for your speedy recovery. Thanks so much for everything.

(Will send you and the children Count's booklets in a few weeks.)
Ronald & Shirley Patterson
December 26, 2006
My sympathy goes out to you and your family
Julie Lee
December 26, 2006
Please accept my sympathy during this difficult time !!! May God bless you and your family Tiffany !! God bless !!!!

Maribel Resto
December 25, 2006
To Counts Family,Friends,Col Charles Young Post140
Count has more meaning in my life as a father figure and family friend as he grew up with my sisters all of Harding high in the day. His Job of Bridgeports finest made me belive i had a chance other than Bpt Brass,C steel he made a difference to all of us and his high morales that he tought me and others are displayed in my childred today. I wish my kids could have met my friend,hero,my Martin Luther King Jr you will be forever with us Count.
Michael Beale
December 24, 2006
To the Family of Nelson P. Kearney. I am so fortunate to have had met Count Kearney. As well as forever will be gratefull to have gained from his expertise and knowledge. Thank You Kearney Family to have shared him with us.
Derwin Hill
December 24, 2006
Dear Donna and Family,
Losing a parent is a sad and difficult rite of passage. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him. We're all thinking of you, Donna, and hope you and all of yours are finding consolation through faith in the Heavenly Kingdom. With warmest thoughts for you and your family at this sad time,
Al Black
Albert Black
December 24, 2006
May God's Grace and Mercy be with you and your family forever. May you have comfort in knowing that COUNT is in a better place and pain free.
Garthalia Johnson
December 24, 2006
Please accept my sympathy during this difficult time !!! May God bless you and your family Tiffany during this time !! God bless !!!!
Nigel Corriette
December 24, 2006
To the Kearney family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Nelson your husband, father, brother, cousin & working Police Captain there in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is thoroughly missed. Remember to remain a strong family and love each other as he loved all of you. My condolences and love to your family.

Charlotte White & Family
Las Vegas, Nevada
Charlotte White
December 24, 2006
Verney-we are so sorry about your husband Nelson please accept our love and sypmathy and take care of yourself and get well... our thoughts are with you and god bless you.. connie bennet and marie altieri
marie and connie bennett and alltieri
December 24, 2006
I am going to miss you and allthough I am saddened by your passing I also rejoice for you for God has called you home. God has given you a special invitation to sing at his son's Jesus Birthday. It was an honor to have worked for you for you were the last of a dying breed a man of honor and intergrity and I hope to continue in your footsteps.
To your family I pray that God gives you strength during this difficult time but remember what our Lord said that he who believed in him shall have eternal life and if we truly believe then we know that one day we will meet again.
Gods Blessings to all of you.
Sergeant Jose Reyes
December 23, 2006
Dear Verna & Family,
Your Red Hat Sister's,
Chapter 34811,
Connecticut 'Dame' Yankee's, BPT.CT
extend our deepest sympathy to you & your family in this very difficult time.

Whenever I am troubled and lost in deep despair,I bundle all my troubles up and go to God in prayer.

May JESUS shine his light upon you,
and may rainbows touch your heart.

Sincere Condolences From,
Ruthann Slossar (Queen)
Audrey Jenco (Co-Queen)
Bernice Leonetti
Barbara Slossar
Diana, Valerie, & Dorothy
Ruthann Walker-Slossar
December 23, 2006
Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will always remember Count as a good friend.
Mike Supple
December 22, 2006
DAD, I still cant beleive it's true,your gone from me but never forgotten!I draw strentgh from the memories and the word's you spoke so strongly that I will remember them forever,you are a true soldier and you fought a valiant fight. we are born to die but what we do with god's time is what matter's, you leave behind a life long legacy of accomplishment's. I pray that you rest easy in eternal peace and I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS! verily to god belong's what he took and to him belong's what he gave, everything has an appointed time ...and then he ordered him to be patient and hope for god's long dad i'll see you on the other side love your son, AARON MASEO.
December 22, 2006
To the Kearney Family.

My deepest sympathy go out to you during your time of mourning. I often remember times with Count, my husband Stanley, and my brother Alvin. He will be sadly missed.
Barbara (Rosario) Powell
December 22, 2006
Verna and Family,
May the promise of God's Word be your hope for today your peace for tomorrow, and your comfort always.Keep your hand in the Master's hand and God will see you through. You have my deepest sympathy.
Juanita Burrell-Jones
December 22, 2006
Dear Ms. Verna and Family,

The Lord saw fit to take the Captain by the hand because he knew that he was growing tired. Now he is spending Christmas with the Lord this year.... Captain Kearney you will be greatly missed.

Captain Kearney you were my guardian angel while I was on the Eastside.... I will always remember how you took me under your wing and made sure that I was okay. Since I've met the captain he has made an impact on my life and I will always remember his lectures that he would preach to Laura Azevedo and myself.

Just last week I lost my uncle "Butchie" Tony Gomes and Ms. Verna you were there to console me and I remember you said the Lord knows best and that you will be praying for my family.... who would every know that several weeks later that you would be facing the same grief.

I can't even imagine what you are going through right now.. I pray for your speedy recovery and may the Lord keep you and the family during this difficult time.
Ms. Verna right now just stand still and know that God is God........
Ofc. Johanna Angelo-Grasty
December 22, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
jonathan norris & family
December 22, 2006
To the Kearney Family,
may you know that he is in God hands now, suffering no more. He fought a tough battle, but gave in to Gods' sweetness for him. He is in peace, but you have what it takes to pick up where he left off and continue his legacy. May God bless and protect each and every one of you as you go through life. His will not ours has been done.
Valecia Davis
December 22, 2006
you came into my life at a time when it was needed, and the good thing about it, you never let me go. For you I am truly grateful to have had you in my life all these years. I loved you then and will love you forever, because I owe my life and existance to you. You turned my life around and made me become the woman I am today. You will be deeply missed for there was but one Count, and he has a place for eternity. Rest well my friend, as God has said to you a job well done. As I have told you many times, my love is eternal. Thank you for all you have done, and all you will continue to do.
Lisa Davis
December 22, 2006
My Condolences to your family on your loss. He's in a Great Place! Take Care! From the Barnes Family.
Mr & Mrs Barnes
December 22, 2006
Tiffany and Family,
I extend my condelences to you. May the Love, Peace, and Comfort of the our Lord embrace you during this sorrowful moment. Remember all the good times and thank God for the gift of this life that was able to touch so many and make an impact to our community. God Bless you always.
Maria Cruz
December 22, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gladys Munford
December 22, 2006
Verna and family,
There isn't enough words to express
the sorrow you all feel.We express
heart felt sympathy to the family.
George & Mary Lucas
December 21, 2006
December 21, 2006
Verna Kearney,

With a special condolence to you and your family.

Chiquita Blackwell
Chiquita Blackwell
December 21, 2006


December 21, 2006
I met you a number of years ago when I was a young seargant assisting your city. When I told you that I knew your son because he was my boss you shared jokes,advice but most of all your time. I took away a differant perception of your son..a better one..I now saw who and what he was trying to peacefully & proud. you taught him well.He is carrying on your name ,position and values. Mrs Kearney & Family he was a great man that paved a way for many of us..Thank you for sharring him with us.
Retired Lt. Sonya Marie
December 21, 2006
I would like to send you my condolences on your loss.
Nelson, All of us that were in Platoon 1 are united forever as brothers. Rest in peace.
Bob Craw ( Bpt. P.D.)
craw robert
December 21, 2006
Dear Verna and family,
I was so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Cervero
December 21, 2006
Donna we are all sorry to hear about your father's passing. May God Bless both you and your family at this time.
Reva, Shirley, Cookie, Patty Carol, Janet
December 21, 2006
December 20, 2006
To Verna and The Kearney Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of the Count's passing. He was a great man. Verna, we wish you a speedy recovery. You are a strong woman.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May God Bless You All.

Teudy and Anna Montalvo (Fresno, Texas)
December 20, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. It's with deep sorrow to hear of your lost of Count your love one. I am pray for you all that God will give you peace in the time of your lost.
Bishop Carol P. Hewitt Lloyd
December 20, 2006
Verna and Family,

I offer my sincere condolences in the passig of COUNT. It was a pleasure working with him, when I was on the force. I guess I will have to celerbrate my birthday along next year,you see we were both born on June 10th. Bridgeport and the Police Department have lost a great worrier. Verna I will continue to pray that God will heal your body.
(Ret. Sgt.) Bridgeport P.D. 60-90
Al Best & Wife
December 20, 2006
To Verna and the Kearney Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Captain Kearney's passing. My condolences go out to you, Verna, and to your entire family. I admired Captain "Count" Kearney's unwavering diligence as a police officer and commander. He was very dedicated to the Department. He will be missed.
Bill Humber
December 20, 2006
We pray that you will soon recover and take support in knowing that Count was loved by all his brothers in blue. You are an outstanding woman, and we know that's what made him greater than life.Your friend forever
Billy Perez
William Perez
December 20, 2006
Kearney, I Thank God for the many years that He let me work next to you. I know that you will be watching Verna's health. You know that she will be in our prayers and thoughs. Well my friend till we meet in our next life, keep a good place for me. You will be sadly missed.
Calixto Sanchez
December 20, 2006
Dear Kearney Family,
We wish to express our condolences for the loss of a great man and a great friend. He will be missed and remember by anyone who had the pleasure of getting to know him.
Michael & Melissa Lucas
December 20, 2006
very sorry for your lost, any time you need me, you know im their
sonny frasier
December 20, 2006
To The Kearney Family,

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow
Janice ( Rosario) Caesar
December 20, 2006
You will never be forgotten; you were as wise as you were respected. Stratford Avenue was a safer place if people thought you were in the area. Although we could never find a common heritage, we were considered cousins. Your name prevented me from receiving many a citation. Those of us who resided on Adams Street during your time will always remember and love you.
James & Gloria Kearney
December 20, 2006
Dear Kearney Family,

The lost of Uncle Nelson is hard for me. He was the one who always reminded me that I was family no matter where I was, what I did, or even who I married. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you, For always keeping a place for me in your heart. I know in my head that I am only family thru a previous marriage but I feel that I lost a part of me. "I'll miss you Uncle Nelson"
Ruth E.S. K. Higgins
December 20, 2006
We extend our deepest sympathy to him family.

Lyssie, Lauryn, Ciara, Destine and Shubi. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Toshubi Simmons
December 20, 2006
My deepest prayers and thoughts in the loss of a wonderful man and police officer.
Capt Robert Tolomeo- CSP
December 20, 2006
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Brenda Patton-Jernigan
December 20, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the Kearney Family. God has taken another one of his warrior's Home. I will always remember my friend from the Elks Drum Corp,social functions in Bpt. and being on the Force with my Baby Brother Al Rosario. What a Great Bunch of guys, Count always with a big grin on his face. Smile on now that you have gone Home and all your suffering is over. I will miss you. May God bless your family and give them strength. Rest in peace.
Rosalind Rosario Jones & Family
December 20, 2006
To the Kearney family I'm so sorry for your loss,Count was quite a person may he rest in peace and stand proud in the thin Blue Line.
Jack Watcke
December 20, 2006
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Carolyn Lloyd-Beckham
December 20, 2006
To the Kearney:Your family does not know ours for we met "Count" as a beat cop in 1968 when we moved from Md. to the area. Count's kindness and guidance to my children in

difficult times earn him a place for ever in our hearts and family as "Uncle Count". We are indeed sadden to hear of his passing and pray God's comfort for you now and in the days to come.
Barbara Sanders- Alexander
December 20, 2006
To the Kearney Family;
I express my condolescences to you for your great loss. Nelson (Count) was a very strong person and whom he loved he loved passionately. Now his suffering is over and he is "free" but he will always be around for all of you. As the days go and come draw on all the happy times with him. For those that mourn shall be comforted. This is what our Lord, Jesus spoke. My prayers are with you all.

God bless,
Chyron Nance-Kearney & Family
Chyron Kearney
December 20, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Marguerite Moales-Williams
December 20, 2006
Verna and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. The Count and I worked together on many occassions, he was a good friend and a great policeman.May he rest in peace with the Lord.
Gene Redmond
December 20, 2006
To the family of Captain Nelson P. Kearney, Sr. I express my deepest sympathy to the family. I am a cousin of Verna Kearney. Verna, I am truly truly sorry to hear about the lost of your husband. My deepest prayers goes out to you and the rest of the family. I'm truly sorry that I am unable to make it to the funeral. I live in Jacksonville, Florida now. I am sad that I heard about your huband passing away. But God knows best. To be absent from the body is to present with the Lord. My heart truly goes out to you. I pray for Jesus to give you supernatural strength to be able to go through this hard time. You indeed have my deepest sympathy. Please try to take it easy. I'm praying for you as always. Love you and the family.

God Bless,
Bernadette McCall
Bernadette Hill-McCall
December 19, 2006
We would like to extend our condolences to the family. Our prayers go out to you.
The Fabio's
December 19, 2006
Dear Dad Kearney (Captain Kearney),

You now have a deep abiding peace..a peace that passes understanding.. a peace that will carry us on its wings..
I am so glad that I was in your family and you were my Father in law. I commend you for being so strong and standing ever so tall for what was right. There are so many things that I should of said, and time I didn't spend, but I thank God for the great memories. I'm glad that I was in your wedding party this summer.(Cheryl did a great job!) Always know that as I carry my badge, I will draw strength knowing that you paved the way for all law enforcers. I thank you for that! God Bless you and you will be missed. You rest now and when my day comes, I will see you in Heaven. I'll take care of your son Bryan who in many ways is just like you. I pray that God will give your family strength and unity in this time of sorrow.
Love Always,
Your daughter in law,

Major T. Kearney
Captain N. Kearney Sr.
Captain B. Kearney
Officer V. Kearney
Security N. Kearney Jr.
Theresa Kearney
December 19, 2006
To the Children, Siblings and Grandchildren,

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1
My condolences goes out to all of the Family.
Theresa Kearney
December 19, 2006
Dear Cheryl,
I am so saddened for the loss of your husband.(My Father in Law) Always know that I loved him and I love you and I am here for you in your time of need. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11. My family and I send our deepest condolences to you and your children. Please take care of your self because Mr. Kearney is watching over you.
Theresa Kearney
December 19, 2006
Dear Bryan (Hubby),
I am so sadden for the loss of your Father. I know you loved him and he truly loved you and all his family. Take the lovely memories and draw your strength from that. I look back and think of how your Dad was so strong and I'm so glad that I was apart of his (your)family. I pray that God will guide you and your family in your time of need. Know that Bryan II, Breanna, David, Derrell, Nikki,Niko,Caesar and I love you and we are here for you. Be strong and press on becasue your Dad and my Father in law would want it that way.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Love Always,
Your Wife, Theresa
Theresa Kearney
December 18, 2006

I am so sorry for the loss of your husband -my father. I know that you loved him dearly and he loved you too. Thank you for bringing him so much joy and happiness. For this, I will be eternally greatful to you. I know it's hard, but you must find the strength to live on in peace and happiness. You know he would want that for you -and so do I. God bless you and all that you touch.

-Love Always,
Bryan Kearney
December 18, 2006
Like Father, Like Son

Thank you for the life you have given me. Nothing but your return can ever remove the pain I feel, but I know that's impossible. How do I go on? I hope that the things you taught me and the strength you've given me will help me get through this and the rest of my life without you. This still doesn't seem real. You are the strongest man I know. As I sit here and write this, I am somewhat comforted moment by moment with the thoughts of our very funny conversations and how we would go "one better" with the jokes until we choked and cried with laughter. We never got to see my Steelers beat your Browns at a stadium, but you will go with me in my heart and everywhere else I go. Remember the bet we were to have? If the Steelers were to win, you were to wear a Steelers Jersey and hat at the final whistle and vice versa for me? I will wear that Browns Jersey at that next game in your name, win or lose. With all that I will take with me, I can't let you go. I have cried every day (like now) since you passed and no washer can control this leak. But I know God knows best and He is in control. Your suffering is over and it is time for you to live as God planned. You are done fighting Earth's battles in the military and on the police force. You have fought the good fight and God has given you rest. Oh mighty warrior, your strength and light has been felt by many. Now God has a light for you. Continue to patrol in God's army of righteousness. My Father, my fellow Captain, my fellow Officer, I will miss you greatly and I salute you. But as you reunite with your father (and mother), I will one day reunite with you. It does my heart good that our final words to each other were, "I love you". God bless you, Dad. Rest in peace.

-Love Always,
Your Son, Bryan
Bryan Kearney
December 18, 2006
Verna & Family
I am in shock in hearing of "Counts" passing. He was a brother in blue who was always colorblind and respectfull of all. He was a consumate professional. We will one day meet again and talk about the "good old days". He will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom Scanlon
December 18, 2006
Verna and Family were praying for you and your family at this time of loss. I pray god give you the strength and pray you could get through this. god bless you and your family. The Wilson Family
Tyeasha Wilson
December 18, 2006
Verna and Kearney family
We wish to extend our deepest condolence. I consider myself or anyone fortunate to have known Nelson (Count). He was always there to lend a helping hand or give caring words of advice. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time GOD be with you.
Johnny and Brenda Dye and Family
Councilman Johnny Dye
December 18, 2006
Verna & Family,
I am so saddened upon hearing of the loss of "The Count". It was a pleasure to have worked with him and to know him as a genuine individual with many words of wisdom. May he rest in peace now in the House of the Lord.
Al Pace
December 18, 2006
To the Kearney Family, Count was a good leader and I am saddened to hear of Nelson’s transition. The Lord felt that is was necessary for him to make this transition at this time. The Sneed family will continue to pray that God gives strength to all family members and friends.
December 18, 2006
From the Smith Family to the Kearney Family: Our deepest condolences to you. Our father, Charles, worked with Mr. Count for many years on the police force. We will keep you in our prayers and him in our hearts.

Jennine, Sabrina and Charles
Sabrina Smith
December 18, 2006
To the Kearney Family,
Although we affectionately called him "THE COUNT", he was truly loved, respected and admired by all who knew him. It wasn't his stature but his dignity, poise and "color-blindness" that drew people to him. He was one-of-a-kind and he will be sorely missed.
James and Aida Remele
December 18, 2006
Verna and Kearney family
It is with deep sorrow and sadness to hear of your lost. Not only was Nelson (Count) was my partner for many years, but he was also myk dear friend. He will be missed. I wish to extend my deepest condolence. I know that mky dear friend have joined the almighty and was welcomed with open arms. It is good to know that with your lost he is relieved of earthly pain and suffering. Count will surely rest forever in the Kingdon of Heaven. I will miss him not only for the relationship we shared but for the things he also taught me. My prays are with you and the family. May you rest in peace Nelson.
David Williams & Family
December 18, 2006
I love you, Daddy. It still does not seem real. Though it hurts, I know that you are far better off now. You are no longer suffering and for that I thank the Lord. You will always be in my heart.
Chynll Kearney
December 17, 2006
Lil, Josaphine and Family

I am saddened to hear of Nelson's transition. Sorry I can not be with you during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ethel Baker-White
Ethel White
December 17, 2006
Dear Verna and Family,
We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We know that in times like these that we have someone to depend on and have the assurance that He will not leave you or forsake you (our Lord and Savior).
"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall He take away from all the earth: the Lord hath spoken it" (Isaiah 25:8).
We are here for you and your family, realizing the distant berween us, we still remain available to help in anyway we can. Continue to trust in the Lord.

Your friends,
Irma and T.C. Adams
Thomas & Irma Adams
December 17, 2006
Counts Family; I worked the job with the Count.. My condolences to you in this time of remerbering what he was all about in this life.

Jerry Warren
gerald warren
December 17, 2006
To Tiffany and the Kearny Family:
May God bless you and give peace in this time of grief..tiff you know if you or your family need ANYTHING i'm here luv ya!!
December 17, 2006
Dear Verna and Family,
I worked with and for Nelson for many years. I will always remember his great smile and astute analogies. He was a true leader. My prayers are with you and your family.
Cee Jay Stites
Cee Jay Stites
December 17, 2006

Officer Jessi Pizarro
December 17, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Danny&Sandra Cameron
December 17, 2006
Daddy, I know that we did not have the best relationship, but I will always love you. Thank you for helping to give me life. It still doesn't seem real. I love you so much. Thank you Lord. Now my daddy isn't suffering anymore.
Chynll Kearney
December 17, 2006
Dear Verna& Family,
So very sadden to hear of the passing of Count. My prayers are with you and yours at this time of sorrow in your lives.
Nancy Garcia-Qualls (Delray Beach Fl.)
Nancy Garcia-Qualls
December 17, 2006
Cousin Nelson,
Thank you for the wonderful life you shared with us, and your contribution in making our community a better place to live.
With love, Douglas Kearney and his daughter, Sheila Kearney
Sheila Kearney
December 17, 2006
Verna & Family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. You are all in my prayers during this most dificult time.
Carolyn Vermont
December 17, 2006
To the Kearney Family,
I offer my sincere condolences in the passing our your beloved Nelson, "The Count". I had the pleasure of working with him on the Police Dept. He was always a profession and carried himself with dignity....took being a Police Officer seriously, and did a great job, he always had a commanding presence and a lot of humor. He had a very engaging personality. He'll be missed. Rest in peace, Captain.
Robert W. Golas, Sr.
(Ret. Det.) Bridgeport P.D. '62-89
Robert W. GOLAS, SR.
December 17, 2006
Just so you know, in our wallets, we put the black sheath across our 'retired' bages, when Tony passed, it's on there for you too, and will stay on until January 15, 2007.
Jim and Weeeze
James and Louise Katherine Karoli GALLAGHER
December 17, 2006
Dearest Count,
You passed away on my 55th birthday. On the anniversary of MY birth, you started your RE-BIRTH!!! I will never forget your earthly life, nor will I ever forget the anniversary of the start of your NEW LIFE with our Lord.
There is so much I want to say, as tears are streaming down my cheeks.
First of all, when we were all in Platoon were the Jailer, I can't even remember who your Wagon Driver was....he probably just did the transporting and fingerprinting...maybe he was a 'Saw-dusters". You were the "Man", the "Boss" up in Booking. Intimidating, at first, at 6'4" or 6'5", I should say so!!! When you spoke all the prisoners listened to you and so did all of us patrol officers!!!
"The Sixth Satin".....if you did not go into the military, you WOULD have been one of the "FIVE SATINS"...Freddy Paris' loss was certainly Bridgeport's gain. Though you could have had fame and fortune with your musical talent and smooth dance moves, you became all the richer and happier by becoming a Police Officer. You were the one guy on the job that called me "Lou"; everyone else would call me "Weeze" or "Weezy" (I always disliked "Louise", such an old-fashioned name the highest it ever got on the "Popular Girls Names Lists" was on the "English" List from the decade of the 1920's---it got has high as Number 18!) but you always called me "Lou", it was especially neat when you were a Lieutenant and I called your "Lieu" and you would respond with "Lou" back at me!!! How neat was that!!! When I was on the Awards Committee, one time you put the whole Patrol Division in for a "Unit Citation", citing that though 'specialized units' deserve and get "Unit Recognition", the backbone and heart of the Department, the "grunts" who do so much work and risk their lives 24/7, they deserve recognition. Thanks to YOU, the whole Patrol Division got the red "Unit Citation" bar. That's something to be proud of... You've been blessed with a wonderful family and friends and acquaintences that love you and respect you. Whenever I hear "In the Still of the Night", I think of you and will always think of you.
Tony Gomes left us last week, he's up there waiting for you. Sorry we can't get up to Bridgeport, to see you one last time, to touch your hand, but, we will observe your wake hours, here at home and also be with you, in spirit, when you go to your final resting place. I will celebrate your Re-birth for however more birthdays I celebrate. One day I truly believe that everyone who has know someone special in their lives, will again be re-united in'll always be special to be, Count....we'll see each other again. Say hello to all our other Bridgeport Brothers and Sisters, from me and Jim. God Bless you, Count.
Louise Katherine Karoli GALLAGHER
December 17, 2006
Dear Nelson,
We were young rookies together, back in April, 1968; just Nine (9) of us in that class! I Think the exact start date is the 10th. At my retirement party (1999) video, we are hugging each other and saying, "the Last of the Mohegans"....but you out-lasted me on the served Bridgeport for 38 years, 10 months and 5 were a Cop in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and into the first decade of the new Century.....only a handful of guys have done that, (a couple are still doing it) what a record to be proud of. You will always be a "Brother" to me Nelson. I'm the richer for us having crossed paths in this life, we'll cross paths again in our next life. Life is eternal. Memories are forever. So long, Brother; take care. When you get up there, start a new Platoon of the Bridgeport guys, will ya'.
Jim G.
James J. Gallagher, Sr.
December 17, 2006
Dear Verna and Family,
We extend our deepest condolences in the passing of your and our beloved "Count". Jim and the Count came on the job together, April, 1968...just 9 of them in their Academy class....that is a bond in itself. But, more importantly, the Count was so beloved by us and everyone who knew him, worked with him. Everyone respected him, and he respected everyone. He always carried himself with dignity and a gentleness and always displayed 'understanding'. He was a great Cop and Supervisor and a great man. The Count has passed on, to a greater life with our Lord. Most of us are afraid of the 'unknown', we cry because we will miss the Count terribly and it hurts to lose someone that 'touched' our lives so positively. The Count will have eternal life with our Lord, watching over us all. May all your wonderful memories be a source of comfort at this most difficult time. The love of friends, family is so abundant.
Jim and Weeze
James and Louise Katherine Karoi GALLAGHER
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