Police Chief Richard J. Ligi

Ridgefield Police Chief Richard J. Ligi, 60, of Ridgefield, husband of Dale (Tulipani) Ligi died on Friday evening, September 12, 2008 at Danbury Hospital.

“Rich” as he was affectionately known as was born at Danbury Hospital on December 10, 1947 to Ridea (Fuligni) Ligi of Ridgefield and the late Navio Ligi.  He graduated from Ridgefield High School in the Class of 1965 where he was a member of its golf team and Post University of Waterbury. He was a former Little League Baseball coach as well as a former coach of the Ridgefield Summer League Nighthawks Baseball Team.

He enjoyed the outdoors; most especially hunting as well as owning and driving his corvette.

A member of the Italian American Mutual Aid Society, he was also a member of St. Mary’s Church.

Chief Ligi joined the Ridgefield Police Department in 1967 as a clerk.  In 1968, he became a “supernumerary,” a person trained in police procedures who had the power to make arrests. He became a full-time officer in 1969 and ranked first in his class of 30 at the Connecticut Police Academy. He was promoted to sergeant in 1977, lieutenant in 1980, captain in 1990, major in 1996 and chief in 1999.

In 1969 and 1970, then Officer Ligi received the department’s exceptional service award and was named the department’s officer of the year in 1977.

He was a member of the Fairfield County, Connecticut and New England Police Chief’s Association.

In addition to his wife of 39 years and mother, he is survived by his daughter and son in law, Rebecca and Case Braskamp of Westport, and an uncle, Dante Ligi and his wife Joyce of Ridgefield.

Chief Ligi was also predeceased by a son, Rick Ligi in 1995.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 10:15 AM in St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield.  Burial will be private and at the direction of the family.  There will be no calling hours.  Memorial contributions to the Rick Ligi Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ridgefield Bank, 150 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877 would be appreciated. 

Jowdy Kane and Kane Funeral Homes