To the editor:
My uncle, Thomas M. Nastasia, a former police chief in the city of Lawrence, died in Florida on March 27. He was buried in Lawrence on April 6.
During his calling hours, he had a changing police guard for four hours. A moving and very impressive memorial tribute was read by five patrolmen who were lined up in front of the casket. So beautifully read, it affected everyone.
The funeral procession to Holy Rosary Church was led by several police cruisers and motorcycle officers. On the way to Mary Immaculate Cemetery, we passed the Lawrence Police Department. The street was lined with several cruisers and several police officers all saluting the funeral cortege. The service performed at the grave site was very solemn and especially moving when the policemen folded the American flag and handed it to his widow, to whom he was married for 67 years.
My uncle lived his life with honor and integrity. He served in the infantry in World War II and was a disabled American veteran who rose to the rank of chief of police doing a job he loved and was born to do. He loved being a policeman and was a fair and decent man. My uncle was also an accomplished musician who enjoyed playing the saxophone.
I want to thank the Lawrence Police Department and all the wonderful men and women who serve the city that I’ve lived in all my life. They will forever have my respect.