Obituary: Anthony Paolillo; Cambridge Police Chief, Long-time Resident

Photo: Anthony Paolillo. 

Anthony G. Paolillo, the former (and last) Chief of the Cambridge Police Department and long-time Tobey Road resident, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015. 

Paolillo was 89. 

Hired as a patrol officer, Paolillo worked his way to captain before being named acting chief in 1982. He was sworn in as chief a year later. Paolillo retired from the post in 1991, after which the city appointed a police commissioner to run the department.

After his retirement, a tot lot in Area IV near MIT was named for him.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Dioguardi) Paolillo, and his four sons: Mark and his wife Christine of Belmont, Anthony and his wife Maureen of Watertown, Leonard and his wife Cynthia of Belmont, and John and his wife Lisa of Arlington. He was grandfather of Kathleen, Lynne, Anthony, Matthew, Stephen, Joseph, Sarah, Alyssa and Gianna Paolillo. He was the brother of the late Jim, Ralph, Mary D’Onofrio, Lucy Ciano and Nick Paolillo.

Visiting hours will take place on Friday, July 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 18, commencing at 10 a.m., in St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Cambridge.

Burial will follow in Belmont’s Highland Meadow Cemetery.

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