Former Clarkstown Police Lt. Paul John D'Alessandro died on Monday, Nov. 27. He was 77.
Born August 11, 1940, in St. Albans, Queens, D'Alessandro was the son of the late John and Anna Marie D'Alessandro.
D'Alessandro, of Desert Hills, Ariz. and formerly of New City, graduated from Milford Academy, Milford, Conn., and attended Oklahoma State University (1960-1964) before serving in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966, reaching the rank of sergeant.
Upon returning from his tour in Germany, D'Alessandro joined the Clarkstown Police Department in May 1967, served 31 years, and retired in June 1998. He started as a patrol officer, was promoted to patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and finished his career at the rank of administrative lieutenant.
He was the department Hazardous Materials supervisor and involved in numerous multi-agency investigations involving organized-crime in the carting industry. He was also was an active member of the Northeast chapter of International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and served as president in 1989.
D'Alessandro was also passionate about his volunteer fire service with the New City Fire Company No. 1 for 12 years and West Nyack Fire Department for six years.
After retiring, D'Alessandro, an avid fisherman, and his wife moved to Arizona to be closer to his favorite fishing spot, Cabo San Lucas; often making monthly trips to test his fishing prowess. Although sometimes having a gruff exterior, "Dingo", was known to have a heart of gold, and gave generously of his time.
He is survived by his wife Marcia, sons Adam Cox of McKinney, Texas and Todd D'Alessandro of Arlington, Texas, grandson Geordan Cox of McKinney, Texas, brother Ralph D'Alessandro of Hotchkiss, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m., at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, 220 Brick Church Road, Spring Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in his name to Arizona Sheltie Rescue, 116 N. Pioneer Street, Gilbert, AZ 85233 ( www.azsheltierescue.com ).
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