Rudolph M. DeDivitis

Rudolph M. DeDivitis, 87, of Ridgefield, CT, formerly of Yonkers, NY, retired 1st Deputy Chief of the Yonkers Police Department, died on Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Danbury (CT) Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Norene (DeGregorio) DeDivitis.

Chief DeDivitis was born in Yonkers, NY, December 21, 1928, a son of Michael and Lucy (Altamuro) DeDivitis. A resident of Yonkers for eighty years prior to moving to Ridgefield, he attended Yonkers public schools and graduated from Saunders Technical High School with the Class of 1946. Chief DeDivitis attended and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy and completed courses at the University of Virginia and the City College of New York. In addition, he completed numerous police and supervisory courses.

Rudy as he was affectionately known to his friends was appointed a patrolman on January 1, 1953. He served all four precincts. Chief DeDivitis having served through the ranks was made Deputy Chief on December 18, 1985 and 1st Deputy Chief on August 27, 1990 serving until his retirement on January 28, 1993. He served the department for forty years.

Chief DeDivitis served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the attack transport A.P.A. 204 – U.S.S. Sarasota, including 19 months of overseas duty.

A resident of Ridgefield, CT since 2008 coming from Westchester County, NY, Chief DeDivitis was a member of the Captains, Lieutenants & Sergeants Association, Police Benevolent Association, Columbia Association and the Cross County Power Squadron and a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church of Ridgefield, CT.

He is survived by two daughters, Jody Lampasso and her husband, Victor and Jill Peterson and her husband, Christopher all of Ridgefield, CT; a brother Joseph DeDivitis and his wife, Geraldine of Spring Valley, NY; five grandchildren, Jessica Arconti, Danielle Damico, Kurt Peterson, Kyle Peterson and Christopher Peterson; a great grandson, David Damico and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Chief DeDivitis was predeceased by two brothers, twin brother Michael DeDivitis and John DeDivitis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT with the Rev. Joseph A. Prince officiating.

Interment will be private and at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT on Sunday July 17, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Contributions in Chief DeDivitis’ memory may be made to the Ridgefield Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, 6 Catoonah St. or to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 27 Governor St., both of Ridgefield CT 06877.

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